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Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 2021 Racecard

The third race on the last day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Spa Novices’ Hurdle – often known as the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – is a Grade 1 race run over approximately three miles of Cheltenham’s New course, during which twelve hurdles are jumped. As the third race on the fourth day, it immediately precedes the Festival’s most famous race of all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

2:30 Fri 19 Mar ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES' HURDLE

Distance: 23f 213y Age: 4yo + Prize: £97,969 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

Little to choose between the principals in this staying novice but ADRIMEL gets the nod given he showed real battling qualities when maintaining his unbeaten hurdling record in a Warwick Grade 2 and promises to improve further now tackling 3m. Irish duo Stattler and Torygraph have better days ahead of them too so present very stern opposition though, with Barbados Buck's another much respected.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
jockey silks 1. ADRIMEL (FR)
J: Richard Johnson
T: Tom Lacey
6
11-5
* * * * *
* * * * *
Useful bumper winner who is unbeaten in three outings over hurdles, cheekpieces fitted when gutsy scorer in Grade 2 at Warwick (2m5f) in January. Sure to progress further at 3m, so holds good claims.
2
jockey silks 2. ALAPHILIPPE (IRE)
J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
7
11-5
* * *
* * *
Irish point winner who made it 3-4 in this sphere with wide-margin success in Prestige Hurdle at Haydock last month. Strong traveller with plenty of stamina to boot. Much respected.
3
jockey silks 3. ASK A HONEY BEE (IRE)
J: Richard Patrick
T: Fergal O'Brien
7
11-5
* *
* *
Useful bumper winner made a successful start to hurdles career at Wetherby. Better form when placed after but pulled up in River Don Hurdle at Doncaster (3m) latest. Cheekpieces now on.
4
jockey silks 4. BARBADOS BUCK'S (IRE)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
6
11-5
* * *
* * *
Big-money buy from Irish points and completed hat-trick over hurdles in emphatic style in 3m Kempton novice in January. Remains open to improvement, and another good show is anticipated.
5
jockey silks 5. BEATTHEBULLET (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Rebecca Curtis
7
11-5
* *
* *
Dual point winner who got off the mark over hurdles at Hereford (3m1f) in November. Cheekpieces on when well held in Haydock Grade 2 only run since though so very hard to warm to.
6
jockey silks 6. CASTLE ROBIN (IRE)
J: Paul O'Brien
T: Charlie Longsdon
6
11-5
* *
* *
Posted 2m5f handicap win here in November and has continued in good form, third of 12 to The Cob in River Don Hurdle at Doncaster. Fairly useful but this demands a big improvement.
7
jockey silks 7. CHAMPAGNESUPEROVER (IRE)
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Olly Murphy
6
11-5
* *
* *
Useful bumper winner who got firmly back on track after a wind op when convincing scorer of 2m4f Ayr novice. Good second at Ffos Las since but he faces a very tough ask here.
8
jockey silks 8. FAKIERA (FR)
J: Keith Donoghue
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
6
11-5
* * *
* * *
Useful hurdler. Dual winner who posted best effort when fitted with cheekpieces and fourth to Gaillard du Mesnil in Grade 1 at Leoparstown (2m6f) last month. More to come now tackling 3m. In the mix.
9
jockey silks 9. N'GOLO (IRE)
J: D. E. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
* * *
* * *
Successful three times over hurdles but has failed to beat a rival on his last two starts at Leopardstown. Takes big step up in distance with serious questions to answer. Hooded first time.
10
jockey silks 10. OSCAR ELITE (IRE)
J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
T: Colin Tizzard
6
11-5
* *
* *
Winning pointer who looked useful when bagging two Chepstow novice hurdles before Christmas. Well below par both runs since, however, and has plenty on his plate in this grade.
11
jockey silks 11. PATS FANCY (IRE)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Rebecca Curtis
6
11-5
* *
* *
Looked useful prospect when making winning hurdling bow at Ffos Las and excellent second over C&D in December. Pulled up in River Don Hurdle at Doncaster (3m) last time and faces a very stiff task.
12
jockey silks 12. STATTLER (IRE)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
* * * *
* * * *
Very much going the right way over hurdles, winning Leopardstown maiden before fine third to Gaillard du Mesnil in Grade 1 there (2m6f). Type to go improving as stamina is drawn out. Player.
13
jockey silks 13. STREETS OF DOYEN (IRE)
J: S. D. Torrens
T: John McConnell, Ireland
7
11-5
* * *
* * *
Useful hurdler who completed a four-timer over C&D in October. Off 4 months and cheekpieces on when well held in Grade 2 at Naas last month. Sort to bounce back with that run under his belt.
14
jockey silks 14. THE COB (IRE)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: Ben Pauling
7
11-5
* * *
* * *
Useful hurdler who got right back on track when 25/1-winner of River Don Hurdle at Doncaster in January. Well suited to this stamina test. No forlorn hope.
15
jockey silks 15. THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE (IRE)
J: A. P. Heskin
T: Paul Nicholls
6
11-5
* * *
* * *
Made it 3-3 in this sphere with useful effort to land 3m Musselburgh novice last month. This is a big step up in class but he's the sort to go on progressing. Not to be underestimated for top yard.
16
jockey silks 16. TORYGRAPH (IRE)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
6
11-5
* * * *
* * * *
Progressive type who arrives on hat-trick after 2m7f novice wins at Fairyhouse and Thurles, strong at the finish each time. Well suited to a test of stamina. Cheekpieces on. Sure to improve again.
17
jockey silks 17. VANILLIER (FR)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
6
11-5
* *
* *
Landed 19f Naas maiden hurdle in November before improved second in Limerick Grade 2 (2m7f). Poor effort in Leopardstown Grade 1 since though so has something to prove now.

Betting Forecast : 9/2 4.5 STATTLER, 13/2 6.5 FAKIERA, 7/1 7 TORYGRAPH, 8/1 8 BARBADOS BUCK's, 9/1 9 ALAPHILIPPE, 11/1 11 ADRIMEL, 12/1 12 THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE, 20/1 20 THE COB, 22/1 22 N'golo, 33/1 33 VANILLIER, 40/1 40 STREETS OF DOYEN, 40/1 40 CHAMPAGNESUPEROVER, 40/1 40 OSCAR ELITE, 66/1 66 PATS FANCY, 100/1 100 ASK A HONEY BEE, 100/1 100 CASTLE ROBIN, 150/1 150 BEATTHEBULLET

As per the ‘Novices’ Hurdle’ part of its name, the race is open to any horse that has not won a National Hunt hurdle race prior to the start of the season in which it is competing.

In its fourteen-year history, the Spa Novices’ Hurdle has been won by two five-year-olds, six six-year-olds, five seven-year-olds and one eight-year-old.

Having been added to the Festival schedule with the addition of its fourth day in 2005, the Spa Novices’ Hurdle has a short history in comparison to some of Cheltenham’s hallowed fixtures.

Nonetheless, it has amassed an impressive roster of winners and placed horses in that time, having been upgraded from a Grade 2 to a Grade 1 contest in 2008, following its now eponymous sponsorship deal with the potato growers, Albert Bartlett.

The race’s most well-known victor is undoubtedly 2013 Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth , who won the Spa Novices’ Hurdle in 2011.

He also won the RSA Chase in 2012, making Bobs Worth the first horse since Flyingbolt in the 1960s to win three different Festival races in three consecutive years.

Other notable winners include 2018 Stayer’s Hurdle winner Penhill (2017) and Wichita Lineman (2008) – a smart albeit largely unexceptional horse, best known for being cajoled into an unlikely comeback by Champion Jockey AP McCoy , in a famous winning ride in the 2009 Festival Handicap Chase.

Wichita Lineman’s victory played a part in making both his jockey and trainer the most successful pliers of their respective trades, in the Spa Novices’ Hurdle.

McCoy has won the race on two other occasions – on Black Jack Ketchum in 2006, and on At Fishers Cross in 2013.

Having trained both Wichita Lineman and Black Jack Ketchum, Jonjo O’Neill is the only trainer to have won the race more than once, as of 2018.

Minella Indo provided an even bigger upset than the previous season’s 33/1 winner Kilbricken Storm when winning the 2019 renewal at odds of 50/1.

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Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 2022 FAQs

What is the distance of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

2 miles 7 furlongs 213 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

12

What day of the festival is the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

Day 4

What time is the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

14:50

What weights are carried for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

11st 5lb. 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.

What is the purse for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

£125,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

AP McCoy

Who is the leading trainer in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

Jonjo O’Neill

Who won the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?

You can check out our Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

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