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    Harry Fry's Gidleigh Park Primed for Albert Bartlett Challenge
Harry Fry's Gidleigh Park Primed for Albert Bartlett Challenge
Gidleigh Park (jockey Jonathan Burke) jumping over a hurdle at Cheltenham's Trial Day. Source: Healy Racing

Harry Fry's Gidleigh Park Primed for Albert Bartlett Challenge

Harry Fry's undefeated Gidleigh Park stands as the British contender in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle during the climax of the Cheltenham Festival. The six-year-old has maintained a flawless record in four appearances, triumphing in a bumper before effortlessly claiming victory in two hurdle competitions towards the end of last year. 

Transitioning to Grade Two competition at Cheltenham in January, despite a race characterised by a slow pace and a late surge, he demonstrated the necessary grit to secure a victory by a margin of half a length over Lucky Place. Now, an elevation in both distance and class awaits at Cheltenham, where the robust offspring of Walk In The Park aims to progress further in his burgeoning career.

Fry expressed satisfaction with Gidleigh Park's performances so far, anticipating continued advancement. Acknowledging the formidable Irish contenders, Fry believes the extended trip should work to Gidleigh Park's advantage, particularly given his previous success at the track during Trials day. The upcoming challenge promises a competitive encounter, as the young horse seeks to provide a rewarding outcome.

Willie Mullins enters the arena with an impressive team of five contenders, led by Readin Tommy Wrong under the ownership of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. The unbeaten Readin Tommy Wrong showcased his prowess in the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle in his most recent outing. Joining the ranks is Dancing City, carrying a recent victory in the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle, alongside High Class Hero, who remains unbeaten under rules.

Mullins expressed confidence in his charges, highlighting Readin Tommy Wrong's blend of stamina and class, ensuring a competitive display. Reflecting on Dancing City's resurgence in form at Leopardstown, Mullins attributed the success to a step up in distance and favourable ground conditions, indicating a promising outlook for the upcoming Albert Bartlett challenge.

Danny Mullins assumes the reins on Dancing City, remarking on the horse's unexpected triumph at Leopardstown and acknowledging the necessary improvements made since his initial underwhelming performance of the season. With an eye towards the Grade One Albert Bartlett, Mullins remains optimistic about Dancing City's potential, underlining the horse's current form and ability to compete at a higher level.

Meanwhile, Paul Nicholls fields Captain Teague, a proven contender following a second-place finish at Grade Two level and a subsequent victory in the Grade One Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury. Nicholls commended Captain Teague's tenacity in challenging conditions at Newbury, highlighting the horse's resilience and suitability for the upcoming race. Anticipating a strong performance, Nicholls emphasised Captain Teague's preparedness and prospects for success in the prestigious event.

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