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2014 Cheltenham Festival tips - Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (14:40 GMT)

The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle ((Grade 1) (Class 1) – 3 miles – 20 runners) takes place this afternoon, and Brian Healy believes he has found the winner of the 2.40pm on the final day of this year's Cheltenham Festival...

Briar Hill (13/8) has been long regarded as the best novice in Willie Mullins’ powerful yard, which when examined against the past performances of both Vautour and Faugheen earlier this week, makes for grim reading for his rivals.

However, last season’s Champion Bumper winner has only once tackled this trip in points and has been campaigned over 2m 4f this season, so he has to show the step up to this distance to be in his favour.

The manner of his running certainly suggests he’ll have no problem with this yardage, but it Is worth taking him on with that doubt in mind with David Pipe’s KING’S PALACE (7/2) who created a formidable impression when winning in a canter over course and distance last time.

That was on good ground and it was impossible not to be impressed with the way he brushed aside the opposition that day, making all and jumping and travelling like a dream to prove his Fontwell blip to be an aberration. 


Although he has something to find on bare form with Briar Hill, the Pipe yard have enjoyed a successful Festival thus far, and King’s Palace could give them more cause to celebrate, and he looks sure to go close although he isn’t certain to get his own way up front.

Selection - KING’S PALACE (7/2).


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2014 Cheltenham Festival tips - Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (14:40 GMT)

The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle ((Grade 1) (Class 1) – 3 miles – 20 runners) takes place this afternoon, and Brian Healy believes he has found the winner of the 2.40pm on the final day of this year's Cheltenham Festival...

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