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. The AB Novices Hurdle is open to 4 year old and older novice hurdlers. Gavin Cromwell's Vanillier was an emphatic 11-length winner of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle last year, at odds of 14/1. Read below a complete Cheltenham 2022 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle race preview, with free predictions, free bets, no deposit bonuses, odds, recent trends and special promotions.
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One of three Grade 1 contests on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race, run over a distance of about three miles, for horses aged four years and upwards. This makes the race the starting platform for many young horses, who go on to have great racing careers at a high level.
Despite being one of the newest races at the festival this event has already provided us with high class winners, thrilling finishes and more. The AB Novices' Hurdle is where we will see future Gold Cup and future Stayers Hurdle horses.
And now we take a closer look at this year's Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail in this race.
Who will win the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 2022?
GINTO has been bought for €470,000 following an impressive debut win in an Irish point-to-point. He has only lost once so far - on his bumper debut at Fairyhouse - and impressively won by 11 lengths a Grade 2 at Navan in December. He was last seen when scoring in the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle by 4¼ lengths.
HILLCREST unseated Richard Patrick here at Cheltenham back in January. He was upped in trip to contest a Grade 2 at Haydock, recording an impressive 8 lenghts victory.
Having won his bumper over 2m3f, BARDENSTOWN LAD is two from three over hurdles, with facile victories at Wexford and Cartmel. His sole defeat came when he was beaten into third behind Tullybeg and Edinson Kent at Navan last time out.
MINELLA COCOONER won a 2m 4f maiden at Navan after being beaten on his first start at Cork, so he obviously improved for that run.
Archie Watson’s STAG HORN is two-from-two over hurdles since transitioning from the flat, including a tough race such as the Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick last time out.
THE NICE GUY, trained by Willie Mullins, is unbeaten in his three career starts to date and was an impressive eight-length winner on his hurdling debut at Naas in January.
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Dark horses?ERIC BLOODAXE was no match for Ginto when the pair met in a Navan Grade 2 event on early December. Anyway, he looked much improved when improved performance on the numbers when dominating the Lyons Of Limerick Jaguar Land Rover Novice Hurdle.
GOOD TIME JONNY is gunning for a hat-trick after a couple of victories at Leopardstown in a novice handicap hurdle in December and then a valuable Grade B handicap hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival in February.
BALLYGRIFFINCOTTAGE was thrown straight into Grade Two company on his first start for Dan Skelton and ran a cracker to finish a close third behind Blazing Khal and Gelino Bello here at Cheltenham during the International Meeting. He then won a 3m novices' hurdle at Lingfield, surviving a couple of jumping scares.
Noel Meade's IDAS BOY is a former point-to-point winner, who ran well in defeat twice in novice hurdle last season. He was narrowly beaten last time out by Gerri Colombe, who had sat prominently in the AB Novices' Hurdle betting before being scratched few days ago
FALCON EIGHT landed the Chester Cup on the flat last season and Dermot Weld’s stayer won at his second outing over hurdles at Thurles earlier this month.
GREEN BOOK was an impressive winner of the Heroes Handicap on his most recent outing at Sandown while SHANTREUSSE ran out an easy winner of a Grade Three at Clonmel.
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ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICE HURDLE TRENDS
- No favourites have won in the last 8 years
- 8 of the last 9 winners were sent off at double figure odds
- The last 10 winners had not won a Grade 1 hurdle race before
- 9 of the last 10 winner finished in the first three last time out ) - five winning
- 9 of the last 11 winners were rated 140+
- 9 of the last 12 winners weighed 11st 1lb or less
- 9 of the last 12 winners have been aged 5 or 6
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2022 AB NOVICES HURDLE FAQs
What time is the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?
The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle is the 3rd race run on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Friday March 18, 2022 and the official starting time is 2:50pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?
There are 12 obstacles to jump for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle runners
What is the distance of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?
The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles 7 furlongs 213 yards
What is the prize money for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?
The total prize money on offer for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.
Who won the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Vanillier at SP of 14/1, trained by Gavin Cromwell and ridden by Mark Walsh.
What weights are carried for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?
11st 5lb, with a 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.
Who is the leading jockey in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?
A.P. McCoy has ridden three winners in the race. Paul Townend is the only current jockey to have won the Albert Bartlett more than once.
Who is the leading trainer in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle?
Jonjo O’Neill and Willie Mullins have trained two winners each. Nicky Henderson has struck once, as has Colin Tizzard and Harry Fry in recent years.