- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
2019 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Preview & Tips - 2.50pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by MARCH 5th-10th
Market leaders have struggled in this race in recent years with winners at 16/1, 11/1, 14/1 and 33/1 obliging since 2014. It’s a gruelling test with stamina the key component required.
Trainer Gordon Elliott saddles Dortmund Park who is owned by Gigginstown Stud, they have a good record in this race and will be looking for their third victory. He won at Fairyhouse and Thurles in good style and then ran in the Grade 1 staying hurdle at Leopardstown in February, he ran well to a point but ended up weakening close home and finishing fourth to Tower Bridge. That was a bit of a disappointment but shouldn’t be written of just yet.
Willie Mullins took this race last year with outsider Penhill so none of his entries can taken for granted. The Champion trainer had 15 originally entered for this contest and one of his main hopes could lay with Ballyward. He comes here slightly under the radar having been kept to a low level so far and could be a surprise package. He was 4th on his debut and then last time out improved to win at Naas over 2m3f. Obviously this is a big step up in trip but connections tend to know what they are doing.
The trainer also has Fabulous Saga entered and he has won four races this season. He blotted his copybook last time out when going off far too freely and ended up finishing last in Tower Bridge’s race at Leopardstown.
Real Steel is a third Mullins contender, he was running well in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown at Christmas before coming down at the last. Last time out he was beaten 13 lengths by Samcro and now steps up in trip.
Nicky Henderson won this race with Bobs Worth in 2011 and saddles a nice prospect in Santini. He won a point last March and then made his hurdles debut at Newbury at the beginning of December.
He beat the more fancied stable mate Chef Des Obeaux by 4 ½ lengths that day and went into many notebooks. Next time out he went to Cheltenham trials day and beat Black Op in a driving finish on heavy ground. It was an impressive performance for one so inexperienced and a step up in trip will hold no worries for this progressive hurdler.
Chef Des Obeaux has since come out twice and won on both occasions. He dropped back in class to win at Uttoxeter and then next time proved his stamina buy winning over three miles at Kempton, beating Secret Investor by 19 lengths. He went onto Haydock and was very impressive in heavy ground and is improving with every run.
Henderson also saddles OK Corral who is owned by JP McManus, he was second at Newbury in January and then improved to win at Kempton over 2m5f last month. He's a chaser for the future and could well come on again for the longer trip.
Trainer Fergal O’Brien is having a good season and he won his first Grade 1 race with Poetic Rhythm at Newbury recently. He had already bagged a Grade 2 at Chepstow back in October but this put the stable on a new high. In truth he probably needs to improve for the step up to three miles but it’s not out of the question that this genuine 7yo could deliver.
An interesting runner could be Callet Mad who was handicap chasing last season. He was given a spin over hurdles by trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies last September at Perth and has won three races now including over 3m2f last time out. He could well go for a handicap but has the form to go well here in novice company.
One more to look at is Chris's Dream trained by Henry De Bromhead. He won at Limerick on his second start over hurdles in December and then was very impressive last time when stepped up to 3 miles. He won by an amazing 64 lengths that day and although it arguable what he beat it was still some performance. At least he has been over this distance and is an interesting runner.
Punters Lounge Tip: Santini 5/1 at BetVictor - Click Here To Bet
Albert Bartlett Hurdle Runners
Albert Bartlett Novices Trends
|9/10 Winners||Never ran on the flat|
|10/10 Winners||Had won over a trip of 2m4f or more|
|8/10 Winners||Were bred in Ireland or France|
|8/10 Winners||Were aged 6 or 7 years old|
|8/10 Winners||Finished in first two last time out|
|8/10 Winners||Had won a Graded race|
|7/10 Winners||Had ran between 3 and 6 times over hurdles|
|8/10 Favourites||Did NOT win the race|
|6/10 Winners||Had previously won a Bumper race|
|5/10 Winners||Were trained in Britain|
Albert Bartlett Novices Previous Winners
|2018||Kilbricken Storm||7||Harry Cobden||Colin Tizzard||33/1|
|2017||Penhill||6||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins||16/1|
|2016||Unowhatimeanharry||8||Noel Fehily||Harry Fry||11/1|
|2015||Martello Tower||7||Adrian Heskin||Margaret Mullins||14/1|
|2014||Very Wood||5||Paul Carberry||Noel Meade||33/1|
|2013||At Fishers Cross||6||Tony McCoy||Rebecca Curtis||11/8|
|2012||Brindisi Breeze||6||Campbell Gillies||Lucinda Russell||7/1|
|2011||Bobs Worth||6||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||15/8|
|2010||Berties Dream||7||Andrew Lynch||Paul John Gilligan||33/1|
|2009||Weapon's Amnesty||6||Davy Russell||Charles Byrnes||8/1|