Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2021 – Preview, Odds, Trends and Ante-post Betting Tip
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, run over 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 213 yards on the New Course at Cheltenham, was added to the Festival Schedule in 2005 and upgraded to Grade One status three years later.
The race has produced two winning favourites in the last ten years, but also winners at 50/1, 33/1 (twice) and 16/1 and, frankly, looks wide open this year.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Odds
|The Cob||1251||William Hill|
Albert Bartless Novices’ Hurdle Preview
- Barbados Buck
- The Cob
Willie Mullins has won the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle twice in the last four years and the pick of his numerous entries this time around may be Stattler (12/1), who opened his account when winning a maiden hurdle, over 2 miles 4 furlongs, at Leopardstown over Christmas. Of course, taken at face value, that form is worlds away from the level required to win here, but the 6-year-old was having just his second start over obstacles and Mullins said, ominously, ‘There’s a lot to look forward to with him over longer trips.’
By contrast, Paul Nicholls has yet to win the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, having previously sent out ten runners without success. However, he appears to have a leading contender this year, in the form of Barbados Buck’s (14/1), who has shown progressive form in novices hurdles over 3 miles and beyond since being beaten on his hurdling debut at Stratford in October. Again, his form is difficult to assess, but the fact that he defied a double penalty when winning comfortably at Kempton in January augurs well for the future.
Adrimel (25/1) has tasted defeat such once, in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper last year, and took his form to a new level when just getting the better of Mint Condition (33/1) and Make Me A Believer (40/1) in what looked a decent renewal of the Grade Two Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick in January. That narrow victory came over 2 miles 5 furlongs on heavy going and, having won an Irish point-to-point over 3 miles under similarly testing conditions as a 4-year-old, he should have no stamina issues. On 3lb better terms with his nearest pursuers at Warwick, he should confirm the form and makes no little appeal.
At the same price, The Cob (25/1) still needs to be supplemented for the race, but trainer Ben Pauling is seriously considering the idea after the 7-year-old hacked up in the Grade Two Albert Bartlett River Don Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster, on his first attempt beyond 2 miles 4½ furlongs, in late January. That race was notable for the fact that several of the ‘fancied’ horses ran below par but, while the form may not be entirely reliable, The Cob could do no more than win easily.
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Ante-post Betting Tip
The aforementioned Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick could prove to be the key to Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle this year. The winner, Adrimel, is also entered in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on the second day of the Festival, but this looks an easier opportunity. He could well improve, again, for stepping up in distance and looks excellent value at the odds on offer.
EACH-WAY BET: Adrimel – 25/1 with William Hill.
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Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Trends
- Age – 10 of the last 12 winners were aged 6 or 7.
- Price – 2 of the last 12 winners have been favorites, 4/12 winners have been in the top 3 in the betting.
- Last Run – 5/12 winners won on their previous run before the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle, 9/12 winners had their last run within 54 days.
- Previous Course Form – 5/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 4/12 winners had a previous win at Cheltenham.
- Previous Distance Form – 11/12 winners had at least 1 run over 23-25 furlongs, 10/12 winners had at least 1 win over 23-25 furlongs.
- Previous Hurdle Form – 11/12 winners had at least 3 runs over hurdles, 9/12 winners had at least 4 runs over hurdles, 11/12 winners had at least 1 previous win over hurdles, 10/12 winners had at least 2 previous wins over hurdles.
- Rating – 10/12 winners were rated 139 or higher.
- Graded Wins – 8/12 winners had at least 1 win in a grade 1-3 race.
- Season Form – 11/12 winners had at least 3 runs that season, 10/12 winners had at least 1 win that season.
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Recent Winners
|2009||Weapon’s Amnesty||Davy Russell||C Byrnes|
|2010||Berties Dream||A E Lynch||Paul John Gilligan|
|2011||Bobs Worth||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|2012||Brindisi Breeze||Campbell Gillies||Lucinda Russell|
|2013||At Fishers Cross||A P McCoy||Rebecca Curtis|
|2014||Very Wood||Paul Carberry||Noel Meade|
|2015||Martello Tower||A P Heskin||Margaret Mullins|
|2016||Unowhatimeanharry||Noel Fehily||Harry Fry|
|2017||Penhill||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins|
|2018||Kilbricken Storm||Harry Cobden||Colin Tizzard|
|2019||Minella Indo||Rachael Blackmore||Henry De Bromhead|
|2020||Monkfish||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins|
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Result 2020
1st – Monkfish (5/1)
2nd – Latest Exhibition (9/2)
3rd – Fury Road (5/1)
4th – Thyme Hill (4/1)
Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Tips
|1.20pm||JCB Triumph Hurdle||10/1|
|2.30pm||Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle||25/1|
|3.05pm||Cheltenham Gold Cup||7/2|
|4.50pm||Martin Pipe Handicap||11/1|