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14:50 Cheltenham Racecard - 15th March 2019

14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle)
  • 4YO plus, 20 Runners
  • Winner £73,506, 2nd £27,694, 3rd £13,860, 4th £6,923, 5th £3,475, 6th £1,737, 7th £862, 8th £444
  • Distance 2m 7f 213y
  • Going Good to soft-soft in places
Race Conditions
Course Winner
Distance Winner
Horse Form
Won Last Time Out
Ran Within 30 Days
Order By Odds
# Runner
Silk
1
Allaho R Walsh W P Mullins 5 yrs, 11-5 29 Form: 2-41
2 Tips
Won on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race when 10-3fav in the Group 3 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel over 3m (good - yielding) last month, beating Minella Indo by 4l.
Silk
2
Ask Ben Kielan Woods G McPherson 6 yrs, 11-5 27 Form: 52-1V12 Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 6f and 3m on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten 10l by Lisnagar Oscar when second of 9 at 6-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle at Haydock over 3m (good) last month. Has won at Ayr and Newcastle this season.
Silk
3
Wind Ops
Aye Aye Charlie P J Brennan F O'Brien 7 yrs, 11-5 48 Form: 74-2166 Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m and 2m 7f on good and soft ground. Well beaten at 40-1 behind Paisley Park when sixth of 12 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race over this course and distance (good to soft) in January.
Silk
4
Birchdale B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 yrs, 11-5 48 Form: 1-11
3 Tips
He has won two hurdle races and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m on good to soft ground. A winner at 2-1 in a Grade 2 hurdle race here over 2m 4f (good to soft) on his latest outing in January, beating Buster Valentine by 18l. Has also won at Warwick this season.
Silk
5
Cap York B J Cooper N Meade 7 yrs, 11-5 23 Form: 26/141
1 Tip
Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 7f and 3m on good - yielding and yielding ground. A winner at 13-2 in a hurdle race at Punchestown over 3m (good - yielding) on his latest outing last month, beating Mormon by 3 1/2l.
Silk
6
Commander Of Fleet J W Kennedy G Elliott 5 yrs, 11-5 41 Form: 11-141
2 Tips
He has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to yielding - soft. A winner at 13-2 in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Nathaniel Lacy Rhinestone Partners Solicitors '50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' at Leopardstown over 2m 6f (good - yielding) on his latest outing last month, beating & by 1/2l.
Silk
7
Darlac R M Power C L Tizzard 6 yrs, 11-5 27 Form: 7-14277 A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 3f on good to firm ground. Beaten 19l behind Sykes at 14-1 when seventh of 13 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Haydock over 3m (good) last month. He is wearing cheekpieces for the first time.
Silk
8
Derrinross L P Dempsey J P Dempsey 8 yrs, 11-5 76 Form: 3/422-11
3 Tips
He has won two hurdle races and a point-to-point at 3m on soft and soft - heavy ground. A winner at 7-2 in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Sky Sports Racing Launching January 1st Novice Hurdle at Limerick over 3m (soft) on his latest outing in December last year, beating Defi Bleu by 3/4l.
Silk
9
Dickie Diver Aidan Coleman N J Henderson 6 yrs, 11-5 20 Form: 1-21
1 Tip
Successful in a hurdle race and a point-to-point at 2m 3f and 3m on good to soft and heavy ground. Won on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race when 3-10fav at Chepstow over 2m 3f (good to soft) last month, beating Kingsplace by 2 1/4l.
Silk
10
Dinons D N Russell G Elliott 6 yrs, 11-5 110 Form: 111117 Winner of five hurdle races from 2m 4f to 3m on good and good to soft ground. Well beaten at 3-1jt-fav behind Easy Game when seventh of 8 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 'Monksfield' Novice Hurdle at Navan over 2m 4f (good) in November last year. Has won 3 times this season.
Silk
11
Dorrells Pierji N D Fehily W P Mullins 6 yrs, 11-5 41 Form: 115168 Winner of two hurdle races, two NH flat races and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to yielding. Well beaten at 20-1 when eighth of 16 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Nathaniel Lacy Commander Of Fleet Partners Solicitors '50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' at Leopardstown over 2m 6f (good - yielding) last month.
Silk
12
First Approach S W Flanagan N Meade 6 yrs, 11-5 41 Form: 214614 He has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m on good ground. Finished 7l behind Commander Of Fleet when fourth of 16 at 50-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Nathaniel Lacy Commander Of Fleet Partners Solicitors '50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' at Leopardstown over 2m 6f (good - yielding) last month.
Silk
13
Lisnagar Oscar Sean Bowen Miss R Curtis 6 yrs, 11-5 27 Form: 1-32211
4 Tips
He has won two hurdle races and a point-to-point from 2m 3f to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. A winner at 6-1 in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle at Haydock over 3m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Ask Ben by 10l. Has also won at Chepstow this season.
Silk
14
Minella Indo Rachael Blackmore H de Bromhead 6 yrs, 11-5 29 Form: 13-32 A winner of a point-to-point at 3m. Beaten 4l by Allaho when second of 8 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel over 3m (good - yielding) last month.
Silk
15
Nadaitak Nico de Boinville B Pauling 5 yrs, 11-5 48 Form: 4121 Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 5f and 3m on good ground. A winner at 12-1 in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle at Doncaster over 3m (good) on his latest outing in January, beating Truckers Lodge by 22l. Has won twice at Doncaster this season.
Silk
16
Rhinestone M P Walsh Joseph P O'Brien 6 yrs, 11-5 41 Form: 129-142
1 Tip
Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m on good - yielding and heavy ground. Beaten 1/2l by Commander Of Fleet when second of 16 at 10-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Nathaniel Lacy Commander Of Fleet Partners Solicitors '50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' at Leopardstown over 2m 6f (good - yielding) last month.
Silk
17
Rockpoint T Scudamore C L Tizzard 6 yrs, 11-5 27 Form: 202146
1 Tip
A winner of a hurdle race at 3m on good to soft ground. Finished 19l behind Lisnagar Oscar when sixth of 9 at 22-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle at Haydock over 3m (good) last month.
Silk
18
Stoney Mountain R Johnson H D Daly 6 yrs, 11-5 27 Form: 1-12123 He has won two hurdle races and two NH flat races from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Third of 9 behind Lisnagar Oscar beaten 14l at 6-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices' Hurdle at Haydock over 3m (good) last month. Has won at Southwell and Aintree this season.
Silk
19
Alsa Mix Wayne Hutchinson A King 7 yrs, 10-12 76 Form: 1-1116
1 Tip
She has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on good and heavy ground. Well beaten at 12-1 behind Champ when sixth of 7 on her latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Betway Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury over 2m 4f (good to soft) in December last year. Has won 3 times this season.
Silk
20
Salsaretta P Townend W P Mullins 6 yrs, 10-12 41 Form: 2/F5-11U
1 Tip
Successful in two hurdle races at 2m and 2m 4f on yielding and soft - heavy ground. Unseated rider when 9-1 in the Group 1 Nathaniel Lacy Commander Of Fleet Partners Solicitors '50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' at Leopardstown over 2m 6f (good - yielding) in a Grade 1 hurdle race won by Commander Of Fleet last month on her latest outing.
View Race Verdict And 20 Tips
Odds correct as of 19/05/2019 08:01. Odds are subject to change.
Newspaper Tips
Silk Nap Tips Tipsters Odds
Lisnagar Oscar
4 Tips
4 Tips
  • Jason Heavey Sunday Express
  • Robin Goodfellow Daily Mail
  • Newsboy Daily Mirror
  • Jason Heavey The Star
Birchdale
3 Tips
3 Tips
  • Postdata Racing Post
  • POSTDATA
  • TOPSPEED
Derrinross
3 Tips
3 Tips
  • Ian Gaughran Irish Herald
  • Templegate The Sun
  • Alistair Jones SPOTLIGHT
Allaho
2 Tips
2 Tips
  • Garry Owen Daily Record
  • The Guardian
Commander Of Fleet
2 Tips
2 Tips
  • Mercury Daily Post
  • Rob Wright The Times
Alsa Mix
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • James Burn LAMBOURN
Salsaretta
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Steve Mason RP Ratings
Rockpoint
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Andrew King WEST COUNTRY
Dickie Diver
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • The Scout Daily Express
Cap York
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Marlborough Telegraph
Rhinestone
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Melissa Jones Gloucestershire Echo
The Sportsman's Verdict
In an open-looking renewal, the tentative suggestion is Rebecca Curtis' LISNAGAR OSCAR, who backed up his 2m4f Chepstow success from subsequent winner Dickie Diver with a 10-length romp in a 3m Grade 2 at Haydock last month. Commander Of Fleet stayed on strongly when winning from Rhinestone over 2m6f last time and promises to be suited by this stiffer test, while Birchdale, although a rather fortunate winner here in January when Brewin'upastorm fell at the last, harbours untapped potential over staying distances and merits shortlist inclusion. Others to consider include game front-runner Derrinross and Allaho, the latter of whom raced freely when striking at Clonmel and may settle better now racing in a bigger field.
The Sportsman's Prediction
Silk Pos Runner
1st Lisnagar Oscar
2nd Commander Of Fleet
3rd Derrinross
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