Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle takes place at 2.50pm on Day 4 (Friday) of the Cheltenham Festival. The race will be broadcast on ITV and Racing TV (RTV). It is considered to be one of the more attritional races of the four-day festival.

The likes of Wichita Lineman, Bobs Worth and Penhill have won the Albert Bartlett in recent years before winning races such as the RSA Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup at the festival in the following seasons.

Length of race – The race is run over 3m.
Where to watch – ITV and RTV.
When to watch – Friday, March 15 at 2.50pm.
Prize-money – Last year’s race was worth £135,000.
Course – The race is run on the New course.
Race type – The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 for novices only, meaning horses who have won over hurdles in previous seasons are unable to compete.
Weights – Most horses will run off level weights carrying 11st 7lb, with mares getting an allowance of 7lb. Four-year-olds get an allowance of 8lb.
Ages – Horses aged four or older can compete in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. Most runners are typically aged five or older.
Sponsor – Albert Bartlett has sponsored the race since 2008.

Past ten winners:

wdt_ID Year Horse Previous Form Age Price Trainer Jockey
1 2019 Minella Indo - 6 50/1 H De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
2 2018 Kilbricken Storm 3113 7 33-1 Colin Tizzard Harry Cobden
3 2017 Penhill 11141 6 16-1 Willie Mullins Paul Townend
4 2016 Unowhatimeanharry P-1111 8 11-1 Harry Fry Noel Fehily
5 2015 Martello Tower 11F12 7 14-1 Margaret Mullins Adrian Heskin
6 2014 Very Wood 1-1253 5 33-1 Noel Meade Paul Carberry
7 2013 At Fishers Cross 5-1111 6 11-8F Rebecca Curtis Tony McCoy
8 2012 Brindisi Breeze 2111 6 7-1 Lucinda Russell Campbell Gillies
9 2011 Bobs Worth 21-111 6 15-8F Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
10 2010 Berties Dream 12F34 7 33-1 Paul John Gilligan Andrew Lynch

Race stats

  • At least three runs over hurdles, 10/10
  • Won over at least 2m5f, 9/10
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 150, 9/10
  • Top-three finish in a Graded hurdle last time out, 8/10 (four won)
  • Aged six or seven, 8/10
  • Rated within 9lb of RPR top-rated, 7/10

Other factors

  • Seven winners had won a Graded hurdle
  • Three winners had raced at least twice at Cheltenham (all had won at the course)
  • Tony McCoy is the leading jockey in the history of the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle with three wins. His victories came on Black Jack Ketchum (2006), Wichita Lineman (2007) and At Fishers Cross (2013).
  • Similarly, Jonjo O’Neill is the leading trainer with his two wins coming with McCoy aboard Black Jack Ketchum (2006) and Wichita Lineman (2007).

Key trials

In Britain, the various Grade 2 contests at Cheltenham earlier in the season over 2m4f or further have a good record of producing Albert Bartlett winners, including the 2m5f race on trials day. Last season’s Albert Bartlett winner Kilbricken Storm won a trial at the December meeting.
The Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas in January and the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown during the Dublin Racing Festival are the key trials for runners in Ireland.

What happened last year?

Kilbricken Storm stayed on dourly in a typically attritional Albert Bartlett to hand jockey Harry Cobden his first Cheltenham Festival winner. View the 2018 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle result and replay here.

Where can I get Cheltenham Festival tickets?

Cheltenham Festival tickets can be purchased from the official festival website here.

Albert Bartlett Tip

Relegate was flat to the boards throughout her Champion Bumper win last season which suggests she’s an out-and-out stayer. In a Grade 1 over 2m6f at Leopardstown she was held up well off the pace and hurdled poorly for much of the contest, but she finished her race really well and I think there’s more to come. Commander Of Fleet won that race but he’s priced accordingly. A lot of rain would bring Derrinross into the mix.
(Cathal Gahan)

1. Relegate, 2. Derrinross, 3. Commander Of Fleet

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