Albert Bartlett Hurdle Odds 2022

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Vanillier won last year’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle for Gavin Cromwell.

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 race over three miles on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. It was first run in 2005 when the meeting was extended to four days. The inaugural running was won by the French-trained Moulin Riche. Jonjo O’Neill and Tony McCoy teamed up to win the race in 2006 and 2007 with the well-backed Black Jack Ketchum and Wichita Lineman.

The Albert Bartlett has been won by two subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winners in Bobs Worth (2011) and Minella Indo (2019). Willie Mullins won it for the first time in 2017 with Penhill and then again with Monkfish in 2020. Both would return to win at future festival meetings, Penhill winning the 2018 Stayers Hurdle and Monkfish taking the 2021 RSA Chase. Henry Daly’s Hillcrest heads the Albert Bartlett Hurdle Odds 2022 along with Gordon Elliott’s Minella Crooner.

Albert Bartlett Hurdle Odds and Entries 2022

The ante-post favourite in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle Odds is Hillcrest, trained by Henry Daly in Shropshire. As with so many of the Cheltenham races this year, connections have been reluctant to commit their star novice to the festival meeting. Daly does not want to run Hillcrest at both Spring festivals so it remains to be seen whether the lure of Cheltenham proves irresistible. 

Hillcrest is holding back a tide of fancied Irish runners at the head of the market. Willie Mullins has Minella Cocooner and The Nice Guy in contention, both winners last time out. Minella Cocooner repelled the Gordon Elliott-trained duo of Minella Crooner and Hollow Games in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in February. Despite that bold, front-running display, he is available at almost twice the odds as the runner-up who stayed on relentlessly up the home straight.

Mullins other options include Ramillies and Classic Getaway who he has described a big, strong, staying types. His concerns are that Ramillies is still a little inexperienced whereas Classic Getaway would want decent ground. Shantreusse is set to represent the Henry De Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore combination. The son of Shantou is taking a step up in class but strode clear to win in heavy ground at Clonmel last time.

Stag Horn is an interesting contender from the Archie Watson stable, better known for their success on the flat. He was fourth to Stradivarius at Ascot in the Sagaro Stakes on the level where he was rated 108. He won a Grade 2 at Warwick in January and could run better than his current odds of 16-1 suggest. Another possible runner with impressive flat form is Falcon Eight, last season’s Chester Cup winner for Dermot Weld. He won a maiden hurdle at Thurles in February and was rated 3lbs higher than Stag Horn on the flat.

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Hillcrest 4-1

Minella Crooner 4-1

Ginto 5-1

Journey With Me 13-2

Minella Cocooner 7-1

Shantreusse 9-1

Hollow Games 10-1

The Nice Guy 10-1

Bardenstown Lad 14-1

Stag Horn 14-1

Falcon Eight 16-1

Whatdeawant 16-1

Classic Getaway 20-1

Ramillies 20-1

Ballygrifincottage 22-1

Eric Bloodaxe 25-1

Skytastic 25-1

Mahler Mission 28-1

Grand Jury 33-1

Henn See 33-1

Idas Boy 40-1

The Real Whacker 40-1

Bronn 50-1

Green Book 50-1

Albert Bartlett Hurdle News

If Hillcrest is given the green light to run here, he will almost certainly start favourite in the Albert Bartlett betting odds. Henry Daly’s giant son of Stowaway has won four of his five starts over hurdles, unseating his rider when hampered by a faller at Cheltenham in January. He bounced back with an impressive 8 lengths victory in desperate ground at Haydock last month.

Daly is tempted to wait for Aintree as this horse has future staying chaser written all over him. The race times of his victories at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and at Haydock were superior to other races on the same day and Daly says he is deceptively quick for such a big horse.

Minella Cocooner’s victory at Leopardstown seemed to surprise connections with the gelding racing in a first-time hood. He stuck to his task courageously but many observers are convinced that the extra two furlongs will see runner-up Minella Crooner reverse the form. The Nice Guy won by 8 lengths over two miles and three furlongs at Naas in January and was entered in all three novice hurdles.

Archie Watson trained a Group 1 sprinter in Glen Shiel and is now looking to add an Albert Bartlett winner to his cv. Stag Horn impressed jockey Nick Scholfield when winning at Warwick and is second only to Hillcrest among British-trained runners in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle Odds.