73 in Albert Bartlett mix

Thu 4th Feb 2016, 13:34

Barters Hill seen here winning at Aintree
© Photo Healy Racing

Ante-post favourite Barters Hill features in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on March 18.

Ben Pauling's stable star stretched his unbeaten record to seven with a typically determined display at Doncaster last Saturday and is one of 73 horses still in contention.

Shantou Village looks likely to step up to three miles for the first time after chasing home Neptune favourite Yanworth at Cheltenham at the weekend and is a major contender for trainer Neil Mulholland.

A 32-strong Irish entry includes the Willie Mullins-trained Up For Review, who was a big disappointment behind Barters Hill at Doncaster.

Mullins could also call upon the likes of Bellshill, Gangster and A Toi Phil, who all have alternative options at the Festival in other contests.

THE IRISH TIMES