The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most anticipated meetings on the National Hunt horse racing calendar, taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse every March.
Only The Grand National offers more prize money than The Festival, which has over a million pounds handed out to winning and placing horses on each of the four days the event last for.
Cheltenham Racecourse has been home to what was originally titled The Grand National Hunt Meeting since 1911, after a series of renovations to the now world-class venue.
The Festival offers a grand total of 28 exhilarating races over the course of the four-day event, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
This year’s Cheltenham Festival is scheduled to take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March 2021. The third race of Gold Cup Friday will be The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race.
About the Race
The Spa Novices’ Hurdle, sponsored by Albert Bartlett for the 14th consecutive year, is a Grade 1 National Hunt race that is run on the ‘new course’ of Cheltenham.
Open to horses aged 4 years and above, the race is 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 213 yards in length and consists of 12 hurdles for the novice hurdlers to leap.
The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race was added in 2005 when the fourth day was added to The Festival. The first edition of the race was won by Moulin Riche, ridden by jockey Robert Thornton and trained by Francois Doumen.
In the brief history of The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, no horse has yet won this race more than once. Jockey Tony McCoy has however achieved 3 victories – in 2006, 2007 and 2013.
Offering a purse of around £130,000, The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race will be the third race of Gold Cup Friday at 14:50, warming spectators up for the main event of The Cheltenham Festival, The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase, which follows at 15:30.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Gentlemansgame (GB) – 8/1 ante-post favourite – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (06/02/21) – trained by Michael “Mouse” Morris
- Stattler (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (06/02/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Fakiera (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (06/02/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Torygraph (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (21/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Barbados Bucks (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (09/01/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
- Ngolo (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (07/02/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Farouk Dalene (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (28/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Adrimel (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (16/01/21) – trained by Tom Lacey
- Duffle Coat (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (14/11/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Threeunderthrufive (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-8 (07/02/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
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Odds on all events held at Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of jump racing, are always particularly generous. It’s difficult for bookies to assign a clear favourite when there is such a high number of talented horses competing and having to jump a number of hurdles throughout each race.
The average odds for race favourites at The Festival probably sit around three or four to one, and these horses might not win quite as often as you might think.
If you’d placed a £10 outright bet on 50/1 Minella Indo to win The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race in 2019, you’d have celebrated the receipt of £500 in profits. The year before, 33/1 Kilbricken Storm would have made backers a tasty £330.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year it was 5/1 Monkfish that won The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.
This was a very close race between the most favourited competitors with 9/2 Latest Exhibition finishing just a neck behind the leader in 2nd and 5/1 Fury Road finishing a nose behind second-place in third. 4/1 race favourite finished in the fourth and final placement spot.
2019 saw 50/1 outsider Minella Indo clutch the first-place prize in The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Rachael Blackmore and trained by Henry De Bromhead.
4/1 race favourite Commander Of Fleet finished 2 lengths behind in second but was certainly keeping up the pressure. 8/1 Allaho finished in third-place followed by 14/1 Dickie Diver in fourth.
In 2018 it was an upset again as 33/1 outsider Kilbricken Storm finished first in The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Colin Tizzard.
11/4 race favourite Santini finished in third place, one and a half lengths behind 16/1 Ok Corral in second. 20/1 Ballyward made up the final placement position in fourth.
16/1 outsider Penhill won The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race back in 2017, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.
Strong 13/8 race favourite Death Duty wasn’t quite strong enough, blundering and unseating jockey Bryan Cooper at the final hurdle. This cleared the way for 8/1 Monalee to take 2nd, 13/2 Wholestone to finish 3rd and 12/1 Constantine Bay to make up fourth.