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Albert Bartlett Hurdle TipsWhen is the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle 2023?

Cheltenham Friday 17th March 2.50pm

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+)

Distance: 3 miles

Weights:  10st 9lbs (4yo), 11st 5lb (5yo+), 7lb allowance for fillies and mares

Moving on to the third race of Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, we have the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle over three miles on the new course at Cheltenham Racecourse. With twelve hurdles to be jumped it a true test of stamina for these horses.



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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Records

Fastest Win: BERTIES DREAM 2010 ridden by AE Lynch trained by Paul Gilligan finished in 355.6s – 5 minutes 55.6 seconds

Leading jockey (3 wins):

Tony McCoy – Black Jack Ketchum (2006), Wichita Lineman (2007) At Fishers Cross (2013)

Leading trainer (2 wins):

Jonjo O'Neill – Black Jack Ketchum (2006), Wichita Lineman (2007)
Willie Mullins – Penhill (2017), Monkfish (2020)

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – 10 of the last 12 winners were aged 6 or 7.
  • Sex – 12 of the last 12 winners were geldings. 6 fillies have run and none were placed.
  • Trainer – Willie Mullins (2) is the only trainer to win this race more than once in the last 12 years.
  • Country – 9 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 2 in Great Britain and 1 in France.
  • Colour – 10 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – 7 of the last 12 winners carried 11st 7lb and 5 carried 11st 5lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 9 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of between 5/1 and 33/1. 
  • Starting Price Rank – 2 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 5 were in the first 3 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 11 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – 9 of the last 12 winners had run between 26 and 60 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form6 of the last 12 winners won their previous race, All of them had finished in the first 4

Who are the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Leading Contenders?

GINTO remained unbeaten over hurdles when scoring readily from Grand Dury in the Lawlor’s Of Naas Hurdle in January and Gordon Elliott’s charge can maintain his perfect record here.

The Walk In The Park gelding had also struck twice at Navan previously, beating Eric Bloodaxe in the Navan Novices’ Hurdle and he looked every inch a stayer on that occasion before confirming the impression in his Naas victory when finding plenty under pressure when challenged.

He had stablemate and likely rival Hollow Games behind him in third and that one did little harm to the form when filling the same spot in a Grade One at Leopardstown in February. Open to further improvement with the longer trip likely to suit and with form on varying ground conditions he looks one to keep onside and he can go in again to keep up his unbeaten record over timber.


FAKIERA – Grade 3 winner at Navan in November has continued to progress in defeat and was a solid fourth at Leopardstown last time.

STATTLER – Grade 1 third last time and is sure to progress.

BARBADOS BUCKS – In good form winning three minor events over this trip between November and January.

GENTLEMANS GAME – Runner up in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown latest.

What’s Our Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips?

ALPHAPHILIPPE 14:30 Cheltenham 14/1 each way – Winning pointer and only beaten once in 5 runs under rules. Comfortable win an a Grade 2 last time and another bold show expected today.

Couldn't quite do enough for a place, when it came in 5th place.

Here is what Keith’s wrote about the 2020 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle:

As with all of these festival novices’ hurdles, this race is a bit of an enigma.

The trainers are reluctant to show their hands until the last possible minute, as going conditions can have a big effect on what will stay the distance in the various races.

Here is my assessment of how it could pan out. First of all I can’t fathom why THYME HILL is ante-post favourite as I am not convinced he will make it up the hill.

LATEST EXHIBITION and HARRY SENIOR are progressive types and both have place claims.

For me the standout in the betting market is the Willie Mullins trained MONKFISH who is proven over the trip and expected to improve again for this stamina sapping test.


My selection for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle 2020 is: MONKFISH 8/1 each way (NRNB)

On the day a gutsy battling performance by MONKFISH landed us a nice win in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle

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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Results

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Spa Novices Hurdle) (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m (5273 yards) Prize (winner): £78680 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 16    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 5 mins 53.58s   Avg OR: 105     Median OR: 137     Hurdles: 12

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
171stThe Nice Guy (IRE)711-80Mullins, W POKeeffe, Sean F18/1
held up in rear of midfield, progress between horses 4 out, travelled strongly to press leader before last, led flat, stayed on strongly to pull clear flat BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 25 Owner: Mr Malcolm C Denmark
132nd5Minella Cocooner (IRE)611-8146Mullins, W PTownend, P9/2
held up in touch, close up 5th, pressed leader 6th, led before 7th, blundered 8th, joined 2 out, switched to near rail and narrow advantage last, headed soon after no extra flat BF IP MIN 1.51 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr David Bobbett
23rd4.25Bardenstown Lad711-8140McConnell, John CBowen, Sean P20/1
prominent, lost ground 5th, in rear of midfield 6th, towards rear 8th, some headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, progress into distant 3rd before last, kept on flat BF IP MIN 16 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Ms Caroline Ahearn
14th4Ballygrifincottage (IRE)711-8136Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry28/1
held up in rear, steady headway but still well off the pace 4 out, ridden 2 out, switched to near rail before last, stayed on strongly flat BF IP MIN 4.3 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Friends From Insurance
95th5Green Book (FR)511-8137Williams, Miss VenetiaDeutsch, Charlie40/1
towards rear, jumped right 1st, still towards rear 3 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on inside and stayed on before last, never reached challenging position BF IP MIN 44 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Lady Price, C Shaw, C Boylan & I Tagg
146th2Ramillies (IRE)711-80Mullins, W PCooper, Bryan J28/1
held up towards rear, smooth progress on outside 4 out, switched right and ridden to chase leaders before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs J Donnelly
127th2.25Mahler Mission (IRE)611-8141McConnell, John CBowen, James C66/1
midfield, ridden before 2 out, kept on one pace from before last BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Colm Herron & Rockview Racing Syndicat
38th3.75Brorson (IRE)611-8130Keighley, MMoore, Jamie100/1
held up in touch, progress to chase leaders 4th, pressed leader 3 out, upsides 2 out where ridden, weakened before last BF IP MIN 25 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: David Maughan
89th16Good Time Jonny (IRE)711-8146Martin, A JSexton, K C12/1
held up towards rear, awkward 5th, steady headway 4 out, ridden before 2 out, soon one pace BF IP MIN 7.2 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: A Shiels/donal Gavigan/niall Reilly
1510th9.5Shantreusse (IRE)611-80Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael12/1
prominent, ridden to chase leader 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 6.2 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Anthony Head
511th33Eric Bloodaxe (IRE)711-8142OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J50/1
midfield, dropped towards rear 3rd, detached in rear 8th, ridden before 3 out, tailed off before 2 out BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
7PUGinto (FR)611-8150Elliott, GordonKennedy, J W5/2
ridden handy, headway when not fluent 4 out, travelled strongly behind leaders when went wrong and pulled up before last BF IP MIN 2 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Bective Stud
10PUHillcrest (IRE)711-8148Daly, H DPatrick, Richard9/4 (Fav)
towards rear, pushed along briefly after 3rd, ridden after 8th, not fluent 4 out, pulled up before 3 out BF IP MIN 3.8 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Exors Of The Late Mr Trevor Hemmings
16PUStag Horn511-8137Watson, ArchieScholfield, Nick22/1
led, not fluent 3rd, joined 4th, headed 6th, lost ground and pushed along 7th, weakened 4 out, pulled up after 3 out BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib
19PUWhere It All Began (IRE)611-8128Elliott, GordonHeskin, A P150/1
towards rear, some headway 4 out, mistake 3 out, well behind and ridden 2 out, beaten when pulled up before last BF IP MIN 130 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: McNeill Family/patrick & Scott Brycela
4PUClassic Getaway (IRE)611-80Mullins, W PMullins, Mr P W22/1
pressed leader, upsides 4th, led 6th, headed before 7th, lost place quickly and pulled up before 3 out BF IP MIN 14 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

Non Runners
Falcon Eight (IRE) – 2022-03-18 09:36:02
Idas Boy (IRE) – 2022-03-18 13:58:02
The Real Whacker (IRE) – 2022-03-18 10:58:01

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Spa Novices Hurdle) (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m (5273 yards) Prize (winner): £55127 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 16    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 1.65s   Avg OR: 139     Median OR: 140.5 

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
171stVanillier (FR)6144Cromwell, Gavin PatrickWalsh, M P14/122.005.89
led 1st until after 3rd, chased leader, in front again 2 out, 4 lengths ahead travelling strongly at the last, went further clear run -in easily BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 26
102nd11Oscar Elite (IRE)6135Tizzard, C LONeill, Jonjo (Jr)40/155.0014.00
raced wide in mid-division, closer at 5th, lost place slightly after 6th, headway out wide chasing leaders before 2 out, edged left and went 2nd approaching the last, no chance with easy winner BF IP MIN 3.1 BF IP MAX 1000
133rd1.5Streets Of Doyen (IRE)7138McConnell, John CTorrens, Simon10/116.674.13
towards rear of mid-division, closer at 9th, headway approaching last, kept on under pressure in 3rd run-in, no chance with easy winner BF IP MIN 9 BF IP MAX 1000
124th2.75Stattler (IRE)6146Mullins, W PTownend, P7/2 (Fav)5.002.53
mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders before 4th, went 2nd on long run before last, lost well held 2nd approaching the last, hit last and weakened run-in BF IP MIN 2.44 BF IP MAX 1000
25th0.75Alaphilippe (IRE)7143OBrien, FergalBrennan, P J11/114.504.40
towards rear, headway and kept on towards finish, never going pace to get involved BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 880
156thNKThreeunderthrufive (IRE)6139Nicholls, P FHeskin, A P11/117.004.43
mid-division, hit 7th, kept on run-in, never going pace to reach leaders BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 500
77th1.5Champagnesuperover (IRE)6126Murphy, OllyColeman, A100/1193.0423.78
held up in last pair, headway chasing leaders on long run before the last, no impression when went left and stumbled last, weakened run-in BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000
168th2Torygraph (IRE)6143Foster, Mrs DeniseKennedy, J W7/18.602.92
mid-division, pushed along before 3 out, pushed along and weakened before 2 out BF IP MIN 8.2 BF IP MAX 1000
99th2Ngolo (IRE)6142Mullins, W PMullins, D E40/161.0410.68
led until 1st, chased leaders out wide, weakened on long run before the last BF IP MIN 5.7 BF IP MAX 1000
810th11Fakiera (FR)6144Foster, Mrs DeniseDonoghue, K M4/15.502.12
held up towards rear, some headway out wide when not clearest of runs and switched left before last, no impression when in the clear soon after BF IP MIN 2.1 BF IP MAX 1000
411th7.5Barbados Bucks (IRE)6143Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry8/114.003.97
always towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden and weakened after 2 out BF IP MIN 12.5 BF IP MAX 990
1412th13The Cob (IRE)7139Pauling, BenJacob, Daryl28/140.0011.41
always towards rear, tailed off BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000
1113th2.25Pats Fancy (IRE)6133Curtis, Miss RebeccaBlackmore, Rachael28/169.2213.76
chased leaders, pushed along after 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened before next, behind and eased before the last BF IP MIN 34 BF IP MAX 1000
314th0.5Ask A Honey Bee (IRE)7132OBrien, FergalPatrick, Richard80/171.4919.28
held up in last pair, behind when mistake 9th, tailed off BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 1000
5PUBeatthebullet (IRE)7127Curtis, Miss RebeccaSkelton, Harry200/1398.1651.93
raced wide in mid-division, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off and pulled up before last BF IP MIN 150 BF IP MAX 1000
1PUAdrimel (FR)6142Lacey, TJohnson, Richard9/110.693.75
chased leaders on inside, led after 3rd, hit 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before last BF IP MIN 7.4 BF IP MAX 1000

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Spa Novices Hurdle)
Distance: 3m (5273 yards) Prize (winner): £73506 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 19    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 5 mins 57.96s   Avg OR: 142     Median OR: 142

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
121stMonkfish (IRE)6152Mullins, W PTownend, P5/16.402.48
always prominent, led or disputed lead 3rd to before 6th, blundered 8th, led narrowly after 2 out, soon hard pressed, edged right approaching last, headed narrowly flat, rallied to regain lead final strides BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 40
102ndNKLatest Exhibition (IRE)7149Nolan, PaulCooper, Bryan J9/26.492.37
mid-division, tracked leaders after 3 out, challenged turning in, upsides last, soon ridden, kept on and every chance flat, just held near finish BF IP MIN 1.52 BF IP MAX 680
53rdNSEFury Road (IRE)6144Elliott, GordonRussell, D N5/15.722.54
held up in touch, chased leaders after 2 out, every chance on inside last, ridden to lead narrowly flat, edged right, kept on, headed final strides BF IP MIN 1.54 BF IP MAX 940
194th1.25Thyme Hill6150Hobbs, P JJohnson, Richard4/1 (Fav)5.202.27
mid-division on outside, headway and close up before 2 out, driven to challenge when not much room and switched left before last, ridden and every chance when not clear run again flat, kept on, held near finish BF IP MIN 2 BF IP MAX 1000
85th10Janidil (FR)6149Mullins, W PWalsh, M P16/129.007.88
held up behind, switched inside and headway after 2 out, soon chased leaders, ridden and no extra before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 8.4 BF IP MAX 1000
166th2.5Sempo (IRE)6142OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J12/116.545.07
mid-division, driven to chase leaders after 2 out, ridden and not pace to challenge between last 2, weakened last BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
187th4.5The Wolf (FR)6132Murphy, OllyColeman, A100/1339.4544.00
towards rear on outside, outpaced when blundered 2 out, never a threat BF IP MIN 190 BF IP MAX 1000
78th0.5House Island (IRE)6142Webber, P RSheehan, Gavin66/1152.3825.07
prominent, led or disputed lead 3rd to before 6th, with leader, lost place when ridden after 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 110 BF IP MAX 1000
49th0.75Foxy Jacks (IRE)6129Morris, M FEnright, P T100/1210.9226.43
mid-division, ridden after 2 out, never near leaders, weakened last BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
110th2.5Aione (FR)7138Mullins, W PMullins, D E33/151.7712.96
held up towards rear, not fluent 4 out, headway on wide outside after next, ridden and unable to go with leaders turning in, weakened last BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
1711th13The Cashel Man (IRE)8147Henderson, N JMcGrath, Jeremiah25/180.1614.50
mid-division, chased leaders after 5th to next, soon behind, no danger after BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000
1312th1Oscar Academy (IRE)7129Cromwell, Gavin PatrickMoore, J M100/1274.0344.47
in touch on outside, led before 6th, headed after 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 48 BF IP MAX 1000
1413th15Ramses De Teillee (FR)8151Pipe, D EScudamore, Tom12/115.004.30
tracked leaders, effort 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, weakened before last BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
1514th3.25Redford Road6140Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam40/193.4517.38
towards rear, ridden after 2 out, never a threat BF IP MIN 85 BF IP MAX 1000
2PUCat Tiger (FR)6140Nicholls, P FMaxwell, David50/1171.7126.22
held up behind, mistake 3rd, headway into mid-division after 5th, lost place 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 1000
3PUCobblers Way (IRE)6146Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael14/117.004.50
tracked leaders, driven after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression in 8th when pulled up quickly before last BF IP MIN 14 BF IP MAX 1000
6PUHarry Senior (IRE)6144Tizzard, C LPower, R M16/129.926.40
in touch on inside, blundered and lost place 5th, soon behind, no danger after, pulled up before 8th BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000
9PUKiltealy Briggs (IRE)6136Snowden, JamieHeskin, A P100/1267.7734.00
mid-division on outside, headway after 3 out, weakened after next, behind when pulled up before last BF IP MIN 190 BF IP MAX 1000
11PULieutenant Rocco (IRE)5139Tizzard, C LCobden, Harry33/172.0115.89
led narrowly to 3rd, tracked leaders on inside, lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before last BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Previous Winners

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORDays
Good To Soft16718/111-8047d
Good To Soft16614/111-514441d
Good To Soft20650/111-5029d
Good To Soft1768/111-713947d
Good To Soft1879/111-713562d
Good To Soft20611/811-714848d

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Race Schedule

13:30The JCB Triumph Hurdle2m abt 1fHurdle
14:10The County Handicap Hurdle Race2m abt 1fHurdle
14:50The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Raceabt 3mHurdle
15:30The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m abt 2½ fChase
16:10The St. James’s Place Open Hunters Chase3m abt 2½ fChase
16:50The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase2m abt ½fChase
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle2m abt 4½ fHurdle

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