2.50 Cheltenham tips: Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle best bets from our experts

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The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is one of the crown jewels of the final day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival as the likes of Ginto, Hillcrest and Minella Cocooner go to post.

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To help you select your horse for the 2.50pm at Cheltenham, we’ve gathered all of our experts’ best bets below.

2.50 Cheltenham tips

Gina Bryce: Whilst Hillcrest boasts a compelling profile which includes a victory here at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, his win at Haydock last time on heavy ground may just have knocked the stuffing out of a horse that has had a busy campaign to date. As a result I’ll side with an equally likeable horse in GINTO who I think has been crying out for this trip. He’s tactically versatile having shown he can tough it out from the front last time and this big long striding horse can gallop his rivals into submission today.

Matt Chapman: The giant HILLCREST just looks full of stamina and in a renewal that might not be the strongest that could be enough for Henry Daly and Richard Patrick. I was really impressed with the selection at Haydock last time and he’s just getting better and better.

Mick Fitzgerald: I have been really impressed with GINTO’s form this season. He won very nicely over 2m 4f when winning the Grade 1 Lawlors of Naas hurdle. I love the way he goes through a race. He looks the real deal and gets a confident nod from me.

Frank Hickey: It’s no secret that I am a massive fan of HILLCREST. He’s really impressive visually and on the clock at Cheltenham and Haydock. The easy ground is no issue and if Haydock hasn’t taken the edge off him, he is the one to beat. I’m afraid of Ginto and Ramillies at a price.

Timeform: GINTO made light of the further step up in grade when completing the hat-trick in a Grade 1 at Naas in January, maintaining his unbeaten record over hurdles in the process. There’s a good chance that this longer trip will bring out further improvement, so he makes plenty of appeal. Hillcrest and Minella Cocooner are both highly progressive so rate the main threats.

Ruby Walsh: I was taken by Hillcrest’s win at Haydock last month on heavy ground. We know he’ll handle conditions. It’ll suit Ginto too. I just marginally prefer HILLCREST.

2.50 Cheltenham tips summary:

Gina Bryce – Ginto
Matt Chapman – Hillcrest
Mick Fitzgerald – Ginto
Frank Hickey – Hillcrest
Timeform – Ginto
Ruby Walsh – Hillcrest

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