Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, is a Grade 1 race which can be entered by horses aged four years and older. The race is run on the New Course and runners have to jump 12 hurdles. It is a race for novice hurdlers.

The race was added in 2005, when the Festival became a four-day meeting. It was a Grade 2 race until 2008.

2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle  (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Hurdle Race

Distance: 3m 

Age: 4 year olds +

Weight: 10st 11lb (4 yo’s) 11st 7lb (5 yo +)

Allowances: 7lb for fillies and mares

Prize Fund: £125,000

2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Friday 13 March

Cheltenham (New Course) 2.50: Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo) 2m (ITV)


  • The race has been won by eight different trainers, five of them from Ireland


  • 6yo winners: 5
  • 7yo: 3
  • 5yo: 1
  • 8yo: 1

Official Rating

  • Of the winners with an official rating, eight were rated 140 or higher


  • Two favourites have won the race in the past 10 years\
  • Of the non-favourite winners, seven returned double-digit prices between 11/1 to 50/1

Form Pointers

  • Nine winners had won a race in the same season
  • Seven winners had won over the distance, three over course-and-distance
  • Six winners had a 59% or better strike rate over hurdles
  • Six winners had previously won a Grade 2 race
  • Fiver winners won last time out, four more were placed
  • Five winners were having their fifth race of the season
  • Four winners were unbeaten at Cheltenham

Racing Hub Verdict

1Thyme Hill, 2 Latest Exhibition, 3 Harry Senior