A really wide-open field for the Albert Bartlett this year, with Rebecca Curtis’ Lisnagar Oscar heading the market.
We’ve put together all the important info to help you find the winner of the contest.
1. Allaho – Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh (8-1)
Very much an unknown quantity as he’s had just three runs under rules and only two in Ireland.
Won very nicely in a Grade 3 last time but needs to improve markedly on that for his top connections.
Willie Mullins on Allaho
“He is a very exciting horse and a big chaser in the making.
“He’s in great form, and I think the ground and the trip will suit him well.
“He probably lacks a bit of experience – but coming from France he’ll have done plenty as a young horse, so I don’t think it’s a major worry.”
2. Ask Ben – Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods (22-1)
Been a bit of a revelation so far, winning a novice at Newcastle before bolting up at Ayr.
Put firmly in his place by Lisnagar Oscar last time though and needs a lot more now.
3. Aye Aye Charlie – Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan (40-1)
Has had a wind op but will need that to have had a major impact if he’s to have a say.
Recent form nowhere good enough for this and needs to find something.
4. Birchdale – Nicky Henderson/Barry Geraghty (11-2)
Three from three but looked lucky to beat Brewin’upastorm last time after that one fell.
He ran well earlier in the week though and this one clearly has claims for his top team.
Nicky Henderson on Birchdale
“I think Birchdale is the better out of the two. Dickie Diver has done nothing wrong, but Birchdale is a very high-class horse.
“He is a bit naive still, and I’m sure over three miles it will give him chance to find his feet. I’m sure he will stay, but he is not slow either.
“Dickie is very solid. It wants to be soft ground for Dickie Diver, but Birchdale won’t mind it. I do like Birchdale a lot.”
5. Cap York – Noel Meade/Bryan Cooper (25-1)
Won a handicap in good style last time but needs more than that here.
Clearly improving and stays well so could have a say.
6. Commander Of Fleet – Gordon Elliott/Jack Kennedy (15-2)
Stayed on well to beat Rhinestone last time and that is some of the strongest form there is.
Must have very solid claims for his brilliant trainer.
Gordon Elliott on Commander Of Fleet
“Commander Of The Fleet is a nice big horse, but he is a raw horse for the future.
“He is in good form, and I definitely think it is the right time to be trying him over three miles because as he is a big chaser in the making.
7. Darlac – Colin Tizzard/Robbie Power (100-1)
Trainer is always to be respected but looks to be tilting at windmills here.
Unless cheekpieces have massive impact he has a mountain to climb.
8. Derrinross – J R Dempsey/Luke Dempsey (9-1)
Keeps improving the further he goes and produced very game performance to score last time.
Will be staying on at the death and would be a folly to discount.
Philip Dempsey on Derrinross
“He travelled over well, he’s been ridden out and he’s fine.
“He’ll handle the ground, drying conditions. The rain might keep it loose.”
9. Dickie Diver – Nicky Henderson/Aidan Coleman (8-1)
Produced massive performance on debut to nearly catch Lisnagar Oscar after being caught too far back.
Supposed second string for trainer but must have huge chance.
10. Dinons – Gordon Elliott/Davy Russell (11-1)
Went on a sequence of five wins in a row through the summer but hasn’t been seen since November.
Has talent and shouldn’t be underestimated if he’s ready to go.
Gordon Elliott on Dinons
“Dinons is a nice horse and he has won around here before, so he has got experience of the track. He was cantering last time and nearly got brought down three out, and that’s why he ended up nearly finishing last.”
11. Dorrells Pierji – Willie Mullins/Noel Fehily (33-1)
Needs a lot more than when down the field behind Commander Of Fleet last time.
Hasn’t shown enough to be considered.
12. First Approach – Noel Meade/Sean Flanagan (40-1)
Has shown glimpses of decent form but doesn’t appear to have the class required here.
Trainer respected but needs to improve.
13. Lisnagar Oscar – Rebecca Curtis/Sean Bowen (6-1)
Has done nothing but improve since being stepped up in trip and is not done progressing just yet.
Form possibly not quite good enough to beat the Irish but certainly has outstanding claims.
Rebecca Curtis on Lisnagar Oscar
“He seems in great form at home, so we’re quite hopeful about his chances.
“He seems to go on any ground, and we’re very happy with him going into the race.
“I suppose he’s similar to At Fishers Cross in that he can travel through a race and quicken up, but this horse is a very good jumper.
“I think he deserves his place after his last performance.”
14. Minella Indo – Henry De Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore (40-1)
Carries same colours as Monalee but hasn’t got that one’s ability yet.
Needs more but is still unexposed after just four runs.
15. Nadaitak – Ben Pauling/Nico de Boinville (28-1)
Much improved last time, beating a strong field by a distance.
That could have been a fluke but if it’s not then he has claims at a big price.
Ben Pauling on Nadaitak
“He’s in very good form. If he handles the track he could run a big race. He’s got the right sort of profile.
“He’s in good order going into it. It’s a tough race. He’s up to running well, I believe.
“He’s done nothing wrong. We’re happy with him and we’re looking forward to it.”
16. Rhinestone – Joseph O’Brien/Mark Walsh (14-1)
Has promised to be smart for a while but appears to be owner’s third string here.
Trainer accords huge respect and this one’s form is definitely up there with the best of these.
17. Rockpoint – Colin Tizzard/Mark Walsh (33-1)
Struggled a bit since beating Lisnagar Oscar at this track back in December.
Really needs to better that form to have any chance here.
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18. Stoney Mountain – Henry Daly/Richard Johnson (33-1)
Beaten out of sight by Lisnagar Oscar last time and will need to better that now.
Stays forever but, amazingly, he might not be speedy enough.
19. Alsa Mix – Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson (50-1)
Won her first three starts under rules but got found out in better company last time.
Needs a lot more in this class.
20. Salsaretta – Willie Mullins/Paul Townend (20-1)
Seems a big price considering she beat Felix Desjy last time, who ran very well in the Supreme on Monday.
Gets a nice allowance and has a chance at a price.