Sunday 15 December 2019

Upping the ante

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: David O'Shea
Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: David O'Shea Sportsdesk

Though Death Duty is one of the main Irish hopes at the Cheltenham Festival in March, the Michael O'Leary-owned youngster hardly has the credentials of a banker.

It cannot be said with certainty that he would have prevailed had Augusta Kate negotiated the last flight in the Lawlor's Novice Hurdle at Naas earlier this month. Moreover, there has to be some concern about how better ground will suit this chaser in the making.

His strength in the market means there is some value elsewhere. The one that sticks out is Penhill, trained by Willie Mullins (above). By a promising stallion of jumpers in Mount Nelson, the former Luca Cumani-trained gelding proved surprisingly well able for three miles on heavy ground at Limerick where he settled well and bolted up at Christmas.

Better ground should suit, considering he won five on the Flat and is rated 100. If he goes for the race, which seems likely, surely he is nothing like a 20/1 shot given his connections and potential.

BET: Penhill to win Albert Bartlett, 1pt win 20/1

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