Cheltenham Tips: Rory Delargy’s best Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle ante-post bets

The top long-distance novice hurdlers are in town on the Friday of the Cheltenham Festival and Rory has a few value picks.

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*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing / Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason – you will lose your stake under traditional Antepost rules

Cheltenham Festival 2023 is edging closer and racing fans will be looking for a little bit of insight into every race, so we’ve got jump jockey icon turned tactical guru Ruby Walsh and top pundit Rory Delargy with us every week to hopefully get you more value for money.

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle seems a wide open affair on Friday March 17th but who are you behind?

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Our dynamic duo will be doing weekly ante-post podcasts to deliver their early thoughts on every race – amazing, eh?

Henry De Bromhead’s Hiddenvalley Lake is near the top of the betting for the three mile showdown but is it worth getting behind another runner?

RORY DELARGY: Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

Hiddenvalley Lake won nicely on his debut at Naas over 2m3f and that form has worked out. He then stepped up to 3m at Cork and he was impressive despite making a couple of errors. He won by eight lengths in the end and he had an impressive finishing burst. However, he might have got a bit too much credit for that win. I can understand why he’s favourite but I don’t want to be backing him at his price now.

The Nathaniel Lacy Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in February will be a crucial test for the Albertt Bartlett contenders  as most of these will run next month.

I’m looking at a shortlist of horses that I want to keep on-side building up to the Albertt Bartlett.

Three Card Brag is on the list. He looks a stayer and he was second behind Inthepocket but he could have won that day at Naas. He finishes strong at the end of his races and he’s a nice price.

Weveallbeencaught could be a bit of a dark horse and he impressed at Cheltenham in November when beaten by Hermes Allen. He then won the Ballymore Maiden Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and he’s a massive price. He could come forward and will likely run in the Albertt Bartlett. He might need another year to mature into a decent performer but he could be worth chancing.

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The other one is Corbetts Cross but it’s hard to know whether he’ll go down the handicap route. He has a rating now of 143 so would be right up there in terms of previous placed runners’ ratings in the Albert Bartlett. He impressed at Fairyhouse, winning by six lengths in a handicap hurdle. Maxine O’Sullivan wouldn’t be able to use her 5lb claim in a Grade One so maybe they will consider that and instead opt for the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final? It’s all to play for.

Rory’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Antepost Tips

Three Card Brag
Weveallbeencaught
Corbetts Cross

*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing / Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason – you will lose your stake under traditional Antepost rules

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