Previously known as the Brit Insurance Novices Hurdle this race was introduced to the festival in 2005 and is a three mile hurdle race for novices.
Albert Bartlett Hurdle Last Ten Winners
A number of previous Albert Bartlett winners have returned to the Festival to win again
|2017||Penhill||6yo||W Mullins||P Townend||16/1|
|2016||Unowhatimeanharry||8yo||H Fry||N Fehily||11/1|
|2015||Martello Tower||7yo||Ms M Mullins||AP Heskin||14/1|
|2014||Very Wood||5yo||N Meade||P Carberry||33/1|
|2013||At Fishers Cross||6yo||Rebecca Curtis||AP McCoy||11/8F|
|2012||Brindisi Breeze||6yo||L Russell||C Gillies||7/1|
|2011||Bobs Worth||6yo||N Henderson||B Geraghty||15/8F|
|2010||Berties Dream||7yo||PJ Gilligan||A Lynch||33/1|
|2009||Weapons Amnesty||6yo||C Byrnes||D Russell||8/1|
|2008||Nenuphar Collonges||7yo||A King||R Thornton||9/1|
with 2007 winner Wichita Lineman returning in 2009 to win the William Hill
Handicap Chase. Weapons Amnesty and Bobs Worth both went on to RSA glory the following year and, of course, Bobs Worth then went on to win the Gold Cup. 2016 Albert Bartlett winner Unowhatimeanharry was sent off 5/6 favourite for the 2017 Stayers Hurdle, eventually finishing third.
Albert Bartlett Hurdle Trends
|13 / 13||Ran in either a Class 1 or 2 last time out|
|13 / 13||Had previously contested in either a Grade 1 or 2|
|13 / 13||Had recorded at least 2 wins in the last 365 days|
|13 / 13||Ran in a race with no more than 11 runners last time out|
|13 / 13||Ran off a break of at least 27 days|
|13 / 13||Finished in the first four home last time out|
|13 / 13||Were foaled between February & May|
|13 / 13||Had previously contested in at least 2 races at a left handed track|
|13 / 13||Had previously contested in at least 3 hurdle races|
|12 / 13||Ran in a Grade 2 last time out|
|12 / 13||Had previously won either a Class 1 or 2 race|
|12 / 12||Held an official rating of at least 135|
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Trends Analysis
This looks like a race where some good trends are developing
and applying the stats from our list above will surely narrow down the prospective winners.
There will be a tendency for trainers to run horses here who are seen as having a big future over fences but that does not necessarily mean they will have what is required to be competitive in this race. In other words, the horses with a realistic chance are few
given the size of the field.
Good form in a Graded Hurdle appears to be a prerequisite for success
in the Albert Bartlett.
The market also provides an accurate guide with only two winners priced bigger than 16/1.
Unowhatimeanharry was the first eight year old to win this race. All other winners were aged 5, 6 or 7
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Trainer Statistics
Below is a table of how some of the other top trainers have fared in the last ten years:
Willie Mullins until finally providing the 16/1 winner Penhill in 2017. Prior to this he had managed just four placed horses from his remaining 27 runners over the last ten years. He had an amazing seven runners in the race in 2016 but could manage no better than fifth place.
|Trainer||Runners||Wins||Places (Inc Wins)||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
|W P Mullins||28||1||5||-11.00||-9.93|
|Ms Margaret Mullins||1||1||1||14.00||8.40|
|Paul John Gilligan||1||1||1||33.00||19.80|
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