Horse Racing

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 2023 Betting Odds, Runners & Preview


The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle race was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005 and is run over two miles and five furlongs for promising horses in the staying hurdle and chase divisions of the future.

It was initially given Grade 2 status but when the current sponsor Albert Bartlett took over it became a Grade 1. Many people now jokingly refer to it as ‘The Potato Race’.

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Race Details
When:Friday 17th March, 2:50pm
Prize:£125,000
Distance:Three-miles
Race TypeGrade 1 Hurdle
Age:4-Years+
CourseNew Course
Weights:10st 11lbs (4yo), 11st 7lb (5yo+), 7lb allowance for fillies and mares
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips

The Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle is a very tough stamina test for novice hurdlers. The horses that run here often go onto become strong stayers, and if they have the quality, either Stayers Hurdle or Gold Cup cotenders in the future.

As the Cheltenham Festival draws closer, we will update this page with our full betting preview, the latest odds for the race and any other key info that punters need before they place their bets.

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Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Betting Odds (January Update)

The betting market for this race is still taking shape, but we do have a favourite in the shape of Hiddenvalley Lake, who is best priced 11/2 with Paddy Power.

Embassy Gardens is the other runner to have made a strong impression so far, he’s 7/1 with bet365, and the only other runner priced up in single figures.

What Happened in 2022?

Willie Mullins took the Albert Bartlett in style in 2022, with The Nice Guy coming up the hill to win by five lengths. It was a 1-2 for Mullins, with Minella Cocooner, his more fancied runner, chasing the winner home in second place.

Previous Winners of the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle

  • 2022 - The Nice Guy
  • 2021 – Vanillier
  • 2020 – Monkfish
  • 2019 – Minella Indo
  • 2018 – Kilbricken Storm