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A fresh race for the Cheltenham Festival when a fourth day was added to the meeting in 2005, the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle has become a hit with punters – and this year’s renewal looks set to be competitive.
A total of 12 hurdles over a distance of about 3m on the New Course at Prestbury Park await the novice hurdlers.
Willie Mullins’ exciting six-year-old Stattler, Paul Nicholls’ Barbados Buck’s and the Gordon Elliott-trained Fakiera are all prominent in the early betting.
We know what you’re asking… who will succeed Monkfish as champ? Paddy Power’s Ruby Walsh and Frank Hickey have already run the rule over potential runners and offered their antepost tips on our special ‘Countdown to Cheltenham’ podcast.
Cheltenham chiefs received 74 entries for the 2021 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, although the field will need to be whittled down before race day. Thanks to Paddy’s non-runner money back offer on all 28 races at this year’s Festival, there’s no risk if your pick pulls out!
ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE ANTEPOST TIPS
Ruby Walsh: “BARBADOS BUCKS did well at Kempton and Farouk Dalene also did well to hang on at Limerick over Christmas. The latter has a squeak, but this is an even more open race than the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.”
Frank Hickey: “I’ve been banging on about FAKIERA for a long time. He is just crying out for 3m and I would just love it if they stepped him up on his next start. He had three runs in maiden hurdles between 2m and 2m 2f last season and was second in all of them.”
WHEN IS THE ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE?
ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE WINNERS AT THE LAST FIVE FESTIVALS
2020 – Monkfish (Horse), Paul Townend (Jockey), Willie Mullins (Trainer)
2019 – Minella Indo, Rachael Blackmore, Henry de Bromhead
2018 – Kilbricken Storm, Harry Cobden, Colin Tizzard
2017 – Penhill, Paul Townend, Willie Mullins
2016 – Unowhatimeanharry, Noel Fehily, Harry Fry
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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL‘S BIG RACES
March 16 – 13.20 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 13.55 – Arkle Chase latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.05 – Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.40 – Mares’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 17 – 15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 14.30 – Ryanair Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 13.20 – Triumph Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 19 – 15.05 – Gold Cup latest odds and tips
March 19 – 16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase latest odds and tips
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY FOUR SCHEDULE
13.20 – JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 179y
13.55 – County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 179y
14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y
15.05 – Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m 2f 70y
15.40 – St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup 3m 2f 70y
16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase (Grade 2) 2m 4f 127y
16.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f 56y
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