Spa Novices’ Hurdle Race Card

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered as The Spa Novices' Hurdle) (GBB Race)

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Hiddenvalley Lake

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Henry De Bromhead
Age: 6
Weight: 11-7
OR: N/A
Days: 96

Hiddenvalley Lake

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£10.00 Returns £65.00
11/2
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£10.00 Returns £65.00
11/2
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£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
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£10.00 Returns £50.00
4/1
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£10.00 Returns £50.00
4/1
11/2
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/12/22COR24Y/Sft11-01
12/11/22NAA19Y/Sft11-121
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Embassy Gardens

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W P Mullins
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: N/A
Days: 54

Embassy Gardens

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£10.00 Returns £70.00
6/1
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£10.00 Returns £65.00
11/2
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£10.00 Returns £60.00
5/1
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£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
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£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
6/1
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/01/23THU23Y11-01
29/12/22LEO20Sft11-124
20/11/22COR16Sft11-122
05/02/22LEO16Y11-115
27/12/21LEO20Y/Sft12-21
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Corbetts Cross

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T:
 
Emmet Mullins
Age: 6
Weight: 11-7
OR: N/A
Days: 62

Corbetts Cross

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£10.00 Returns £90.00
8/1
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£10.00 Returns £90.00
8/1
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£10.00 Returns £90.00
8/1
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£10.00 Returns £85.00
15/2
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£10.00 Returns £70.00
6/1
8/1
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/01/23FAI24Sft/Hy11-71
28/12/22LIM21Sft/Hy11-71
17/11/22CLO19.5Sft/Hy11-72
16/10/22COR19Sft11-21
05/05/22TIP18Gd/Y11-95

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips

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Third race of Gold Cup Day

The Spa Novices’ hurdle, usually known as the Albert Bartlett, is the third race on the final day of the Cheltenham festival.

The race is run over three miles, with 12 hurdles to jump over the new course at Cheltenham. It is for novice hurdlers aged four and older and is usually regarded as the most difficult novice hurdle of the national hunt season.

There is prize money of £73,500 on offer to the winner of the Grade One prize.

History of the Spa Novices’ Hurdle

The race is part of the new Cheltenham festival programme revamp in 2005 when the Festival was changed from three days to four.

Initially, the race was entered into the festival as a Grade two contest and was titled the Brit Insurance hurdle. This changed in 2008 when it was promoted to Grade one status and in turn the sponsorship was taken over by Albert Bartlett, who are a vegetable growing company. The Albert Bartlett sponsorship has meant the race has earned a nickname of the ‘potato race’.

Recent years

At massive odds of 50/1, Rachael Blackmore became the second women to ride a Grade one winner at the festival when she steered Minella Indo to success in 2019 for Henry De Bromhead.

Since it’s addition to the festival in 2005, the race has been fairly shared around amongst the trainers, with the only trainer to win the race more than once being Jonjo O’Neill, who has trained two winners, both coming in the first three years, back to back, in 2006 and 2007, which can be seen below:

Jonjo O’Neill:

Black Jack Ketchum (2006)

Wichita Lineman (2007)

In O’Neill’s two victories in 2006 and 2007, both horses were ridden by AP McCoy, who has won the race three times, more than other jockey. He also won the race in 2013 abroad A Fishers Cross for Rebecca Curtis.

No jockey currently riding has ever won the race more than once, with the now retired Andrew Thornton the only other jockey alongside McCoy to win the race more than once with victories in 2005, the first running of the race and then in 2008.

A full list of McCoy’s successes in the race can be seen below:

AP McCoy:

Black Jack Ketchum (2006)

Wichita Lineman (2007)

At Fishers Cross (2013)

There is no McCoy or Thornton in 2020. Jonjo O’Neill may have won his two way back at the beginnings of the race but he certainly knows how to prepare his novices for the extreme test so his runners may be worth keeping an eye on.

The race is often seen as a starting point for future staying hurdlers, more than anything. Penhill won the 2017 race before going onto win the 2018 Stayers hurdle whilst UnowwhatImeanharry won the race 2016 and placed in the 2017 stayers hurdle.

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Winners

Year Winner Age SP Trainer Jockey
2022 The Nice Guy 7 18/1 Willie Mullins Sean O'Keeffe
2021 Vanillier 6 14/1 Gavin Cromwell Mark Walsh
2020 Monkfish 6 5/1 Willie Mullins Paul Townend
2019 Minella Indo 6 50/1 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore
2018 Kilbricken Storm 7 33/1 Colin Tizzard Harry Cobden
2017 Penhill 6 16/1 Willie Mullins Paul Townend
2016 Unowhatimeanharry 8 11/1 Harry Fry Noel Fehily
2015 Martello Tower 7 14/1 Margaret Mullins Adrian Heskin
2014 Very Wood 5 33/1 Noel Meade Paul Carberry
2013 At Fishers Cross 6 11/8 Rebecca Curtis A P McCoy

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