Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Betting Tips

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This Cheltenham Festival preview looks at the top Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle betting tips.

This is action from Gold Cup Day on Friday at the famous Festival, and the Albert Bartlett is one of three Grade 1 fixtures on the day.

Our betting experts will examine the trends and form ahead of this year’s renewal of this famous race.

The tips will be uploaded as we get closer to the Festival.

Last year’s winner of the Albert Bartlett was The Nice Guy, continuing a big winless streak for favourites in Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle odds.


Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

As part of the full preview of this year’s Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle betting odds, our tipsters will be looking at some options from down the field.

There are likely to be some excellent each-way contenders coming through, and just in the last handful of renewals, there have been some winners at big odds.

An example was from the 2018 edition when Kilbricken Storm took the win from a 33/1 SP. 

Just twelve months later, an even bigger outsider came through to defy some considerable odds when Minella Indo blasted to 2019 success from 50/1.

And last year’s winner The Nice Guy stormed to victory at 18/1, becoming the eighth double-figure odds winner from the last ten renewals.

So there are outsiders in Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle odds that will warrant some respect in the market.

As there hasn’t been a favourite winning this race in the last nine years, it may be worth digging deeper into this market.

Watch for our racing tips for this excellent Grade 1 contest from our betting experts as we get towards the start of the Festival.


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As preparation for the Cheltenham Festival 2023, the antepost market for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle can be examined.

The markets are open for the ante-post odds as the bookies react to early entries that could potentially end up in the race.

Declarations will be announced 48 hours before the start of Friday’s contest, which does give plenty of time for tipsters to look at the final field.

For the 2023 Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle odds, one of the early market leaders is Hiddenvalley Lake. The 6-year-old has had a fine season so far with two victories from two races, including running out a comfortable winner of a Grade 3 in December.

Embassy Gardens is another to watch in the market, having been last seen bolting up by 35 lengths on his last start in January. His trainer Willie Mullins has won three of the last six renewals, so it often pays to see which runners he sends here (as it does most of the Cheltenham Festival races!). 

Corbetts Cross could end up confirming an entry after making an impressive start to his hurdles career, including winning his last two races in Ireland. 

Our betting experts’ Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle tips will look deeper into the options when we get closer to the Festival.


How to pick an Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle Winner

It is always worth looking at some trends to help try and narrow the options down in the field for horse racing betting.

That, combined with some ante-post odds in Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle betting, is an excellent way to get started.

One of the significant trends is that no favourite has crossed the line first in any of the last nine renewals of this Grade 1.

The last one to do so, and the only one in the previous ten editions, was At Fishers Cross, who won as the 11/8FAV in 2013.

Last 10 Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle winner odds

  • 2022 The Nice Guy 18/1
  • 2021 Vanillier 14/1
  • 2020 Monkfish 5/1
  • 2019 Minella Indo 50/1
  • 2018 Kilbricken Storm 33/1
  • 2017 Penhill 16/1
  • 2016 Unowhatimeanharry 11/1
  • 2015 Martello Tower 14/1
  • 2014 Very Wood 33/1
  • 2013 At Fishers Cross 11/8F

There have been only four winning favourites in the last eighteen editions of the Albert Bartlett.

As for some other key trends for this one, each of the previous winners of the fixture had never placed bigger than 20/1 odds before success, and none of them had run at a further distance than this.

All but one of the last seven winners had finished within the first four last time out, and all but two had gone in a field of no more than 12 runners last time out, either.

With both sexes eligible for a place in the Albert Bartlett, the preference is still with males. All previous victors have been males, with eleven female runners having missed out on success in the last 18 editions.

The Irish have just edged in front, with nine victories in the race. British trained runners have won eight of the renewals, whilst the French haven’t won since winning the inaugural running of the race back in 2005 with Moulin Riche.

Keep an eye out for our top insights for Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle betting.


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All About The Albert Bartlett Novices hurdle: Past and Present

The official name of this Grade 1 race is the Spa Novices’ Hurdle, but it’s been sponsored by Albert Bartlett since 2008.

The Albert Bartlett is a Grade 1 contest on the New Course at the Cheltenham Festival, and it’s a 3m trip for the contenders, who are a minimum age of four years old.

The first edition of the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle was in 2005 as a Grade 2 contest. 2005 was the year that the Festival added a fourth day. The Albert Bartlett was moved up to Grade 1 in 2008.

The all-time leading jockey is Tony McCoy with three victories, while Willie Mullins is currently the top trainer in the race, having won it three times.


How Do Horses Qualify for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle?

This is a novices’ hurdle, so it’s only open to runners who hadn’t won a hurdles race before the start of the current season.

It’s open to 4-year-olds and above, and that’s both sexes. Fillies and mares get a 7lb allowance for the fixture.

4-year-olds enter at 10st 10lb, with 5-year-olds plus at 11st 5lb. 


What is the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Prize Money in 2023?

We are waiting to see what the Albert Bartlett purse is for this year. 2022 winner The Nice Guy earned £78,679.52 for last year’s success. The rest of the payouts for the race were 2nd £29,642.89, 3rd £14,835.43, 4th £7,410.73, 5th £3,719.35, 6th £1,859.67, 7th £922.85, 8th £475.41.


Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Past Winners

There have been some big winners of the Albert Bartlett. But, as it’s a novices’ contest, some of its winners have gone on to bigger things.

Like the 2011 winner Bobs Worth, who went on to win the RSA and the Gold Cup on subsequent Cheltenham Festival returns. 

The great novice hurdler Penhill is another notable winner of this contest, along with Minella Indo, who would win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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2022 The Nice Guy 18/1 Sean O’Keeffe Willie Mullins
2021 Vanillier 14/1 Mark Walsh Gavin Cromwell
2020 Monkfish 5/1 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2019 Minella Indo 50/1 Rachael Blackmore Williegead
2018 Kilbricken Storm 33/1 Harry Cobden Colin Tizzard
2017 Penhill 16/1 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2016 Unowhatimeanharry 11/1 Noel Fehily Harry Fry
2015 Martello Tower 14/1 Adrian Heskin Margaret Mullins
2014 Very Wood 33/1 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2013 At Fishers Cross 11/8F Tony McCoy Rebecca Curtis
2012 Brindisi Breeze 7/1 Campbell Gillies Lucinda Russell
2011 Bobs Worth 15/8F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson

Other Races on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Albert Bartlett betting is a big feature of Day 4 of Cheltenham 2023. Here are all the races for Friday at the Festival:

13:30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

14:10 The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

14:50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

15:30 The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase (Grade 1)

16:10 The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

16:50 The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeplechase (Grade 2)

17:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (0-145)