A Grade 1 novice hurdle for the stayers, which can often throw up a surprise winner, including when Stay Away Fay ran out the 18/1 winner for Paul Nicholls last season.
This looks like a typically open renewal, with High Class Hero and Readin Tommy Wrong at the head of the market for Willie Mullins, although neither is a particularly short price.
Latest Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Odds
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle currently has 60 runners slated to potentially run, with some of the market leaders being the likes of the Willie Mullins-trained duo of Readin Tommy Wrong and High Class Hero, who have some smart form in the book and have to be leading players for what will be a competitive betting heat.
Dancing City could be another for the Irish lining up and adds yet more depth to the Mullins charge, while the likes of Gidleigh Park and Captain Teague could be two of the leading British-trained runners and significant depth to the market.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Odds and Entries 2024
Willie Mullins has a typically large number of entries in the race, including the two ante-post favourites in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle odds. However, there are 60 in total, so the master of Closutton is far from guaranteed to win the race, especially as it was retained in the UK last season via Stay Away Fay’s success for Paul Nicholls.
Betting on the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is the most recent of the three big novice hurdles to be introduced at the Cheltenham Festival. The long distance novice event has already produced two subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winners in Bobs Worth (2011) and Minella Indo (2019).
As with most of the recent additions to the Cheltenham Festival programme, Irish-trained horses have prospered. They have now won it five times in the last seven years so it is no surprise to see them dominating the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle betting in 2024, though they will have to claim the trophy back after defeat to the Brits in it last year.
If you are having a bet on the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle you should look for a horse with proven stamina. Ten of the last twelve Albert Bartlett winners had at least one previous victory over three miles. The last favourite to win this race was At Fishers Cross in 2013. There have been plenty of shock results including Minella Indo (2019) at 50-1 and Berties Dream (2010), Very Wood (2014) and Kilbricken Storm (2018) all at 33-1.
Albert Bartlett Hurdle News
60 horses remain in the running for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. With the Festival now closing in, there will be several forfeit stages as the field begins to narrow down, so we will bring you the latest news in terms of surprise withdrawals or absentees come the day.