03/05 - I've had a look at the early market for the Albert Bartlett next year. Kilcruit is at the head of the market at only 8/1, I personally think he will go for the Ballymore or the Supreme over this. He showed good speed in the bumper at Punchestown and I think though he may be a stayer in time they will aim towards either of those two. Next in the market is Journey With Me at 25/1, who won the flat race won previously by Bob Olinger. He won that in great style and I will watch him throughout the year to see where he ends up. You can see how open the market is so far in advance and there is no clear standout like on most of the races. I have settled on two at this stage at big enough prices. First up I really like Ramillies for this, he has been campaigned at the highest level this year, winning a bumper and then never really making an impact in graded bumpers. His best run was a decent 8th in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. He always travels well and gets outpaced towards the finish. I can see him stepping up in trip next year as he comes from a family of stayers, with his sire also siring- Grade One three miler, The Storyteller; Beware The Bear who won the Ultima over three miles one at Cheltenham last year; and none other than Run Wild Fred, who was second in the Irish National and a very good staying type. On the Dam's side, she has produced Grand National second Suny Bay, and The Listener who won multiple grade ones over three miles. He's with the right trainer and has the pedigree. At 33/1 I like him here and if getting off to a flyer over hurdles next year, will only end up shorter.
The other selection I have sided with is a more speculative shot with little form we are taking it mostly on pedigree. Gringo D'aubrelle, trained by Denise Foster/Gordon Elliott when he's back. Bought at the Tattersalls sales after winning a point to point over three miles for £235,000. He only ran once this year in a bumper over about two and a half miles. I found it interesting they opted straight for a longer trip than the standard two miles. If you watch his point you can see how well he stayed that day going clear at the last and winning in style. What catches my eye most is his pedigree, his Sire has also sired some top horses at staying trips. Bristol De Mai, Apple's Jade, Alpha Des Obeaux, and more recently Gars De Sceax who I also think is top class over longer trips, having backed him for the RSA and National Hunt chase next year. They haven't bothered with two mile bumpers and I think this horse could be special, I'm excited to see him over hurdles this year and at 66/1 will have a speculative play now and hope he stays sound.