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Briar Hill A Red-Hot Favourite For Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

Friday 14th March 2014

Briar Hill was a sensational winner of the Champion Bumper at last year's Cheltenham Festival and the Willie Mullins-trained raider will aim to reign supreme at Prestbury Park again this afternoon and he is a red-hot favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at 2:05pm, where he locks horns with David Pipe's Kings Palace.

Ruby Walsh is currently heading the leading jockey standings having piloted three winners and bagged a trio of second placed finishes and the Irish champion was ebullient about Briar Hill's chances in this three-mile Grade One, as the six-year-old aims to maintain his unblemished record.

However, he will have to get the better of the exciting Kings Palace, who will be ridden by Tom Scudamore, who has also bagged three winners himself during the meeting, and the Pond House inmate was an emphatic 14-length winner at Cheltenham of a Grade Two event in December and will return to the scene on Friday to try and land this coveted prize.

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