• 15/03/2019
  • 14:50

2020 Albert Bartlett Tips

Thyme Hill and Latest Exhibition are clearly very good, and Monkfish looks a big staying chaser in the making. However, like the County Hurdle before it, the recent history of the Albert Bartlett is littered with upsets. The average winning SP in this Grade One over the last 15 years is a staggering 17/1.

I’ve had to change both of my initial each-way Cheltenham Festival tips, as Longhouse Poet and Decor Irlandais both took their chances in the Ballymore. So, I’ve taken another look through the confirmed field and come up with two more to side with at each-way prices.

The first of my Albert Bartlett tips will be SEMPO, who finished a staying-on sixth behind Envoi Allen in last year’s red-hot Champion Bumper. A couple of mistakes gave Joseph O’Brien’s charge little-to-no chance on his first start over hurdles. Sempo then made eye-catching late progress as Cobbler’s Way won at Leopardstown, flying home with a wet sail to finish a two-length runner-up.

Another step up in trip saw Sempo claim his first victory last time out, making all over 22-furlongs to win with apparent ease. O’Brien’s contender clocked an RPR of 146 that day, and looked to have plenty left in the tank. He looks tailor-made for this test of stamina.

I’m also going to take a chance on REDFORD ROAD as the second of my each-way Cheltenham Festival tips. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ novice ran out a worthy winner of the Albert Bartlett Trial back in December, staying on gamely up the hill to win by half-a-length. Redford Road was then beaten over a shorter trip on New Years’ Day, where he was giving plenty of weight to capable rivals like Coral Cup contender Protekorat and Imperial Alcazar.

Sam Twiston-Davies’ mount has been freshened up since then and brings valuable course form to the table. He looks a solid each-way proposition in another wide-open renewal of this three-miler.

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Cheltenham day four tips

1:30Triumph Hurdle Tips
2:10County Handicap Hurdle Tips
2:50Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips
3:30Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
4:10Foxhunter Chase Tips
4:50Grand Annual Chase Tips
5:30Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips

The opening day of the Festival features a full seven races. Find all of our Cheltenham day 4 tips here to get full coverage of Gold Cup Day.


The first of my 2020 Albert Bartlett tips is going to be LONGHOUSE POET, who has placed in two Grade Ones on his last two starts. Jamie Codd’s mount was very keen early in the Nathaniel Lacy and didn’t jump that well, but was still only beaten two lengths by Latest Exhibition.

Longhouse Poet was the impressive winner of a point-to-point last January and should improve with the step up to three miles. We saw what shape Martin Brassill got stablemate, City Island in for the Ballymore last term and there’s plenty more to come from Longhouse Poet.

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

Formerly known as the Spa Novices’ Hurdle, the Albert Bartlett on Cheltenham day 4gives budding stayers the chance to show off their stamina at the Cheltenham Festival, around the Gold Cup race. Moulin Riche won the first edition of the Albert Bartlett in 2005 and he was joined on the roll of honor by Bobs Worth, who went on to win the Gold Cup two seasons later. 

Each novices’ hurdling will be severely tested and staying power will be at a premium, as the runners round the turn for home and pound up the hill at the end of a grueling, three-mile trip.

Looking for more bets for this week? See our Cheltenham day 4 tips here.