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The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most anticipated meetings on the National Hunt horse racing calendar, taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse every March.

Only The Grand National offers more prize money than The Festival, which has over a million pounds handed out to winning and placing horses on each of the four days the event last for.

Cheltenham Racecourse has been home to what was originally titled The Grand National Hunt Meeting since 1911, after a series of renovations to the now world-class venue.

The Festival offers a grand total of 28 exhilarating races over the course of the four-day event, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

This year’s Cheltenham Festival is scheduled to take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March 2021. The third race of Gold Cup Friday will be The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race.

About the Race

The Spa Novices’ Hurdle, sponsored by Albert Bartlett for the 14th consecutive year, is a Grade 1 National Hunt race that is run on the ‘new course’ of Cheltenham.

Open to horses aged 4 years and above, the race is 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 213 yards in length and consists of 12 hurdles for the novice hurdlers to leap.

The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race was added in 2005 when the fourth day was added to The Festival. The first edition of the race was won by Moulin Riche, ridden by jockey Robert Thornton and trained by Francois Doumen.

In the brief history of The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, no horse has yet won this race more than once. Jockey Tony McCoy has however achieved 3 victories – in 2006, 2007 and 2013.

Offering a purse of around £130,000, The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race will be the third race of Gold Cup Friday at 14:50, warming spectators up for the main event of The Cheltenham Festival, The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase, which follows at 15:30.


The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Gentlemansgame (GB) – 8/1 ante-post favourite – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (06/02/21) – trained by Michael “Mouse” Morris
  2. Stattler (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (06/02/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  3. Fakiera (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (06/02/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  4. Torygraph (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (21/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  5. Barbados Bucks (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (09/01/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  6. Ngolo (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (07/02/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  7. Farouk Dalene (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (28/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  8. Adrimel (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (16/01/21) – trained by Tom Lacey
  9. Duffle Coat (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 4 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (14/11/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  10. Threeunderthrufive (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-8 (07/02/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls


The Cheltenham Festival offers four long days for you to decide if and when to place a bet or two. If you’re not sure on who, what or when, trust our team of professional tipsters to steer your bet slip in the right direction.

Our research started long before The Festival is due to start, tracking the form of the expected participants and keeping an eye on how they perform in specific situations and circumstances. We have all the appropriate knowledge on the jockeys and trainers, too, so with our help, this event could truly be a profitable one.


Odds on all events held at Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of jump racing, are always particularly generous. It’s difficult for bookies to assign a clear favourite when there is such a high number of talented horses competing and having to jump a number of hurdles throughout each race.

The average odds for race favourites at The Festival probably sit around three or four to one, and these horses might not win quite as often as you might think.

If you’d placed a £10 outright bet on 50/1 Minella Indo to win The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race in 2019, you’d have celebrated the receipt of £500 in profits. The year before, 33/1 Kilbricken Storm would have made backers a tasty £330.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:


Last year it was 5/1 Monkfish that won The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

This was a very close race between the most favourited competitors with 9/2 Latest Exhibition finishing just a neck behind the leader in 2nd and 5/1 Fury Road finishing a nose behind second-place in third. 4/1 race favourite finished in the fourth and final placement spot.


2019 saw 50/1 outsider Minella Indo clutch the first-place prize in The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Rachael Blackmore and trained by Henry De Bromhead.

4/1 race favourite Commander Of Fleet finished 2 lengths behind in second but was certainly keeping up the pressure. 8/1 Allaho finished in third-place followed by 14/1 Dickie Diver in fourth.


In 2018 it was an upset again as 33/1 outsider Kilbricken Storm finished first in The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Colin Tizzard.

11/4 race favourite Santini finished in third place, one and a half lengths behind 16/1 Ok Corral in second. 20/1 Ballyward made up the final placement position in fourth.


16/1 outsider Penhill won The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race back in 2017, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

Strong 13/8 race favourite Death Duty wasn’t quite strong enough, blundering and unseating jockey Bryan Cooper at the final hurdle. This cleared the way for 8/1 Monalee to take 2nd, 13/2 Wholestone to finish 3rd and 12/1 Constantine Bay to make up fourth.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.