The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle isn’t the most attractive race at the Cheltenham Festival but this year’s renewal has all the makings of a competitive affair.
Traditionally, the Albert Bartlett has been unpredictable, with just two successful favourites in the last 12 years – we could see more thrills and spills at the 2020 meeting.
With 15 years of results to go by, trends and patterns for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle are easy to read.
The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is edging closer so what are you waiting for, scroll down now to find our favourite horse racing betting statistics.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Trends & Statistics
Cheltenham Gold Cup Day is the biggest day on the National Hunt calendar and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle will be popular in the betting ring. These are our top race trends:
- 15 out of 15 winners ran in a field of less than 12 runners last time out.
- All 15 finished in the top four on their final run before Cheltenham.
- 14/15 ran in a Grade 3 or better last time out.
- 14 out of 15 winners kept the same jockey partnership as previous run.
- 14/15 had previously raced in a Grade 2 or better.
- 14 of the 15 winners had won at least two races in the past year.
- Of the 15 winners, 14 had a French or Irish bred dam.
- 14/15 winners were aged five, six or seven years old.
- 13/15 winners were rated 135 or higher.
- 13/15 winners had previously raced over 20.5 furlongs or further.
Top Trainers For The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Jonjo O’Neill is the most successful National Hunt trainer in this race with two wins; Black Jack Ketchum in 2006 and Wichita Lineman in 2007.
Unlikely to saddle a runner this year, we could see one of the usual suspects draw level with O’Neill with two Albert Bartlett winners.
However, the two ante post market principles are trained by Philip Hobbs and Paul Nolan – and both trainers are hunting their first Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle victory.
Could we see a 13th different winning trainer in as many years at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival?
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 2020: Prize Money
With an estimated £135,000 on offer, the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle offers trainers and owners a good chance at solid prize money.
You will need a bit of luck to win this race but it is certainly a higher risk, higher reward race compared to the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.
Trial Races To Follow Ahead Of The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Cheltenham Trials Day in January has always been a good indicator for the Albert Bartlett, with three previous winners having a prep run in the Classic Novices Hurdle.
Harry Senior won this year’s renewal and trainer Colin Tizzard has hinted at a bid for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle over the shorter Ballymore trip.
Meanwhile, the Prestige Novices Hurdle at Haydock in February is another race to follow but the Grade 2 Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival must also be considered.
A total of four winners have come from these trial races and Latest Exhibition, who is well fancied in the Albert Bartlett betting, could provide trends followers with a winner.
2020 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Betting
The 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be here before we know it – here are the latest Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle odds available with 888sport:
- Thyme Hill – 4/1
- Latest Exhibition – 7/1
- Monkfish – 7/1
- The Big Breakaway – 9/1
- Asterion Forlonge – 10/1
- Harry Senior – 11/1
- Fury Road – 12/1
- Longhouse Poet – 14/1
- Cobblers Way – 16/1
- Diol Ker – 16/1
- Lord Royal – 16/1
- The Big Getaway – 16/1
- Bar – 20/1
Cheltenham Festival 2020: Albert Bartlett Tips
As previously mentioned, the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is historically poor for punters and it may prove prudent to look for a strong staying type in the betting.
As per usual, our team of horse racing writers will have the latest news, tips and previews ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Good luck with any bets!
*Credit for the main photo belongs to Lynne Sladky / AP Photo*