2021 Cheltenham Festival: Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does the 2021 Cheltenham Festival take place? Tuesday 16th March – Friday 19th March, 2021

What time does the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle start? Friday 19th March, 2021 – 14:30 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival? The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will take place without spectators

What TV channel is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival on in the UK? ITV will be televising the first six races of each day, while Racing TV subscribers will be able to watch all of the action

Where can I stream the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in the UK? The first six races of each day can be streamed live on the ITV Hub, while Racing TV subscribers can live stream all of the action

THE LOWDOWN

The Albert Bartlett looks be another competitive field with numerous entries possessing a strong chance of getting their nose in front. Stattler for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend has been very consistent since his debut and has yet to finish lower than third in any of his six races, although only two have ended in victory so he may have to produce more here. Alaphilippe is another consistent type and recorded a Grade 2 success last time out with an impressive victory at Haydock while Fakiera was a respectable fourth in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in February. Another consistent type that appeals is Adrimel having won on his last three outings, the latter of which was a Grade 2 victory.

THE PREDICTION

Another big field with plenty possessing chances but preference is four Adrimel who goes in search of a four-timer. He is progressing well and showed plenty of heart to snatch the win by a neck in his Grade 2 win in January. He will need to improve further on that effort but the 6-year-old is trending in the right direction over hurdles with this trip likely to suit.

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