Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Cheltenham: Kings Palace out to reign with regal performance

A right royal result is anticipated by David Pipe in today's Albert Barlett in the shape of Kings Palace.

Such is the confidence behind him, the trainer ranks him as a banker bet in the Albert Bartlett 3m novice hurdle and that from a stable which landed Tuesday's Arkle Chase with 33/1 chance Western Warhorse.

But there again, similar vibes are emanating from the Willie Mullins team regarding Briar Hill who won last year's Bumper at, in hindsight, an incredible 25/1. One of them is going to be disappointed.

Unbeaten under rules, Briar Hill is a lazy type who should relish the trip but on better ground, he may be tapped for toe by the best of British in this category.

A brilliant jumper of hurdles – he pings every one of them – expect him to be making the pace and taking lengths out of his rivals at each flight.

A course and distance winner with a high cruising speed, he can reign supreme.

Newry trainer Liam Lennon's Tammys Hill was fancied for last year's Foxhunter Chase before missing the race with injury.

The Down Royal and Leopardstown winner, who has beaten last year's winner Salsify and current favourite On The Fringe, takes his chance this time and is well worth support.

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