The Albert Bartlett is a gruelling contest taking in almost three miles of this track.
It has often thrown up extreme results such the time when Minella Indo won at odds of 50/1 back in 2019 or even when Kilbricken Storm won at 33/1 the year before.
A lot of horses that run in this go onto compete in the Stayers Hurdle the following season.
Sixteen of the last seventeen winners had at least been placed in a Graded novice hurdle prior to coming here and only one horse aged older than seven has won this in the past decade.
It helps to have won at least twice over hurdles in the past and five of the last seven winners have been Irish trained.
Key trials for this include the Prestige Novices’ Hurdle, the Jaguar Land Rover Novice Hurdle and the Classic Novices’ Hurdle.
Previous Winners of the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 2022.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
GINTO – GORDON ELLIOTT
Ginto swerved Wednesday’s Ballymore to wait for this.
He is a three-mile point winner who won one of his two bumpers and he’s a perfect three from three over hurdles, all over two-and-a-half-miles and in Graded company the last twice.
He kept it simple from the front last time in a Grade 1 at Naas and the form was given a small nod by Whatdeawant placing in the Ballymore subsequently.
He has to have a big chance.
HILLCREST – HENRY DALY
Hillcrest has won all his completed starts over hurdles, gaining valuable course experience in the process.
He kept rolling in very taking fashion under a prominent ride at Haydock most recently and he looks to have plenty of attributes that are usually required for this war of attrition.
MINELLA COCOONER – WILLIE MULLINS
Minella Cocooner has progressed impressively with his racing and seemed to relish front-running duties when making every yard over an extended two-and-a-half-mile Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival.
A first-time hood did him no harm.
One line of form through the third horse home puts him on a par with Ginto, so he has every right to be seriously involved and even more so if gifted a soft lead.
THE NICE GUY – WILLIE MULLINS
The Nice Guy was more workmanlike than stylish in winning his two bumpers but his successful start over hurdles at Naas can’t be crabbed and there’s substance to that form.
He won by eight lengths that day and it could have been more.
It’s not ideal heading into a Grade 1 on the back of a solitary start over hurdles, so he is a mysterious contender.
SHANTREUSSE – HENRY DE BROMHEAD
Shantreusse beat only five rivals at Clonmel last time but it was a three-mile Grade 3 and the outcome was never in any doubt once he led two flights out.
He is no doubt closer to the finished article now than when hammered by Ginto in a bumper and his improvement has come on heavy ground, so the recent rain has to be welcomed by his connections.
BALLYGRIFINCOTTAGE – DAN SKELTON
Ballygrifincottage is the winner of three Irish points.
He was an excellent third in a Grade 2 over the course and distance in December on his rules debut and then made the most of an easier opening at Lingfield, again shaping like a thorough stayer.
Whilst he still has to improve, it remains feasible.
STAG HORN – ARCHIE WATSON
Stag Horn was very classy on the Flat and he stays forever in that scene.
He ran well over 2m5f at Royal Ascot last summer and has yet to be headed over hurdles.
He made all at Hereford and repeated the feat in a Grade 2 at Warwick most recently.
This step up to three-miles will be no hardship. He’s battle-hardened and definitely worth a second look.
BARDENSTOWN LAD – JOHN MCCONNELL
Bardenstown Lad gained course experience when winning a three-mile novice hurdle here in October and then made it 4-5 over hurdles in a small field at Musselburgh.
He has been plying his trade at a lower level but he’s a trier who won’t fail through a lack of stamina.
GOOD TIME JONNY – TONY MARTIN
Good Time Jonny has made relentless progress in handicaps and the form of his latest win, at Leopardstown’s Dublin Racing Festival, puts him in this league.
That was also his first attempt over three-miles, which clearly suited him down to the ground.
Other progressive handicappers have won this previously and he has been supplemented so is respected.
Ticks The Right Boxes?
2022 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips & Key Trends
GINTO looks the easiest one to side with here as he genuinely looks a class above these based on what we have seen so far.
He looks to be still improving and has the highest rating of anything in the line-up.
The yard has already enjoyed multiple winners this week and having won his PTP over this trip on similar ground he should cope with the cut up ground.
Good Time Jonny has been supplemented for the race and Tony Martin does not take those decisions lightly.
If repeating his run from last time he is in with a squeak.
Likely E/W Player: Good Time Jonny
- 8 of the past 11 winners either won or were placed in a bumper race
- 6 of the last 8 winners were Irish trained
- 13 of the last 17 winners finished first or second last time out
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 10/3 Ginto
- 10/3 Hillcrest
- 15/2 Minella Cocooner
- 9/1 The Nice Guy
- 14/1 Bardenstown Lad
- 14/1 Shantreusse
- 14/1 Stag Horn
- 16/1 Good Time Jonny