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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 Ginto, Hillcrest and Minella Cocooner go on to post.
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To help you select your horse for the 2.50pm at Cheltenhamwe’ve rounded up all the best bets from our experts below.
2.50 tips from Cheltenham
Gina Brice:While Hillcrest boasts a compelling profile that includes a victory here at Cheltenham on New Years Day, his victory at Haydock last time out on heavy ground may have just reversed the farce of a horse that has had a campaign loaded today. Accordingly, I will side with an equally friendly horse in GINTO who I believe has claimed this trip. He is tactically versatile, having shown he can hold his own from the front last time out and this big, long stride horse can canter his rivals into submission today.
Matt Chapman: The giant HILLCREST just looks full of stamina and in a revival that may 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 out and it’s getting better and better.
Mick Fitzgerald: I was really impressed with GINTO’s form this season. He won very well over 2m 4f in the Lawlors of Naas level 1 hurdle victory. I like 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’m a big fan of HILLCREST. He is really impressive visually and on time at Cheltenham and Haydock. Easy going is no problem and if Haydock hasn’t gotten the better of him, he’s the one to beat. I’m afraid of Ginto and Ramillies at a price.
form of time: GINTO shed light on the extra step of the note when achieving the hat trick in a Year 1 at Naas in January, maintaining his unbeaten record over hurdles in the process. Chances are that this longer journey will bring further improvements, so it appeals a lot. Hillcrest and Minella Cocooner are both very progressive, so assess the main threats.
Ruby Walsh: I was taken by Hillcrest’s win at Haydock last month on heavy ground. We know he will handle the conditions. This will also suit Ginto. I slightly prefer HILLCREST.
2.50 Summary of Cheltenham advice:
Gina Bryce – Ginto
Matt Chapman – Hillcrest
Mick Fitzgerald – Ginto
Form of time – Ginto
Ruby Walsh – Hillcrest
Tips for Day 4 of Cheltenham