The Albert Bartlett is for Novice hurdlers who have stamina to burn over three miles and it has grown into a very popular race in recent years since it was introduced to the Festival. Punters can expect to see future stars emerge from this race with many of them going onto the World Hurdle or even the Gold Cup later in their career, as 2011 winner Bobs Worth has shown.
The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle was added to The Festival in 2005 and provides a valuable opportunity for staying novice hurdlers as it is run over three miles. Initially sponsored by Brit Insurance, it was backed by Albert Bartlett for the first time in 2009, coinciding with its upgrade to Grade One status.
In the recent runnings of the race since it was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival a few years ago Jonjo O'Neill has won it twice with two top staying novice hurdlers.
Establishing the form for 3 mile hurdle races is a lot easier than 2 mile races as there is a lot less form to work through and as such find a winner of this race should not be to difficult as is emphasized by the fact that in the four runnings of this race so far no winner has returned in double figures.
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Odds
The Odds for the Albert Bartlett Hurdle tend to be establish well in advance of the festival as the form is very evident midway through the season.
There are some very clear trials for this race come March and we will be following them all season. The sponsors have a trial race at the Cheltenham track in December which is always a key race for form students and it is likely to feature a number of potential Albert Bartlett horses this season.
2017 Penhill 6 W Mullins 16/1
2016 Unowhatimeanharry 8 H Fry 11/1
2015 Martello Tower 7 Ms M Mullins 14/1
2014 Very Wood 5 N Meade 33/1
2013 At Fishers Cross 6 Miss R Curtis 11/8F
2012 Brindisi Breeze L Russell 7/1
2011 Bobs Worth 6 N Henderson
2010 Berties Dream P Gilligan 33/1
2009 Weapon's Amnesty C Byrne 8-1
2008 Nenuphar Collonges 7 A King 9/1
2007 Wichita Lineman 6 Jonjo O'Neill 11/8F
2006 Black Jack Ketchum 7 Jonjo O'Neill EvensF
2005 Moulin Riche 5 F Doumen 9/1