Tips For The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 2024 – Trends To Pick A Winner

Tips For The Albert Bartlett

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 tips for the Albert Bartlett plus a preview of selected runners who hold entries for the race in 2024.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.

CAPTAIN TEAGUE – PAUL NICHOLLS & HARRY COBDEN

Captain Teague exhibits the potential to become a formidable staying chaser, highlighted by his commendable third-place finish in last season’s Champion Bumper.

Despite a less-than-ideal showing in November, he bounced back with a Grade 1 triumph at Newbury’s Challow Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles on soft ground.

Although history suggests that follow-up success at the Festival is rare for winners of that race, Captain Teague’s aptitude for stamina tests makes him a compelling contender.

CHIGORIN – HENRY DE BROMHEAD & RACHAEL BLACKMORE

Chigorin’s maiden win at Fairyhouse raised questions about its strength, but his stamina-oriented performance hints at potential success, reminiscent of Minella Indo’s surprise victory in 2019.

With a robust build and a knack for late surges, Chigorin could emerge as a dark horse in this competitive field.

DANCING CITY – WILLIE MULLINS & DANNY MULLINS

Dancing City’s impressive performances, including a battling Grade 1 victory at Leopardstown’s Dublin Racing Festival over two-miles-and-six furlongs on soft ground, underscore his potential for further improvement.

His adaptable running style and determined attitude make him a strong candidate for success in this race.

DRIPSEY MOON – JOHN MCCONNELL & BEN HARVEY

Dripsey Moon, although a dual point winner and successful in a maiden hurdle at Perth, has struggled against Graded competition.

While he may endure the trip, his lack of competitiveness against higher-class opponents poses a significant challenge.

GIDLEIGH PARK – HARRY FRY & JONATHAN BURKE

Gidleigh Park boasts an unbeaten record in bumpers and hurdle races, demonstrate resilience in his recent Grade 2 performance at Cheltenham’s Trials day over two-and-a-half miles.

With trainer Harry Fry’s confidence in his ability to excel over longer distances, Gidleigh Park is a contender worth considering.

HIGH CLASS HERO – WILLIE MULLINS & PADDY MULLINS

High Class Hero’s flawless record under rules, albeit lacking standout performances, suggests he’s developed a winning habit.

However, his lack of experience beyond Listed level and occasional jumping issues may hinder his chances against stronger opposition.

JOHNNYWHO – JONJO O’NEILL & JONJO O’NEILL JR

Johnnywho, a point and bumper winner, has shown promise in his hurdle races despite finishing behind Captain Teague and Gidleigh Park over two-and-a-half miles.

With a pedigree suited for stamina tests and a competitive spirit, Johnnywho could surprise in this race.

LECKY WATSON – WILLIE MULLINS & BRYAN HAYES

Lecky Watson, fourth in last season’s Champion Bumper, has demonstrated potential in Graded hurdle events despite novicey jumping.

With a strong finish in his recent races and promising performance over longer distances, Lecky Watson could thrive if his jumping holds up.

READIN TOMMY WRONG – WILLIE MULLINS & PAUL TOWNEND

Readin Tommy Wrong displayed significant improvement over two-and-a-half miles, winning the Grade 1 Lawlor’s at Naas.

Although his hurdling technique requires refinement, his pedigree suggests he could excel over longer distances.

SEARCH FOR GLORY – GORDON ELLIOTT & JACK KENNEDY

Search For Glory’s three wins this campaign, including two Grade 3 victories over three miles on soft ground, demonstrate his stamina and competitiveness.

However, his previous outing in this race raises doubts about his ability to improve significantly.

SPREAD BOSS TED – WILLIE MULLINS & SEAN O’KEEFFE

Spread Boss Ted, a winner in small-field hurdle races, faces a significant step up in quality over three miles.

With doubts about his stamina and pedigree, Spread Boss Ted may struggle against tougher competition.

STELLAR STORY – GORDON ELLIOTT & SAM EWING

Stellar Story’s respectable performances in Grade 2 races and pedigree suggest he could excel over three miles at Cheltenham.

However, his recent mistakes raise concerns about his consistency.

THE JUKEBOX MAN – BEN PAULING & KIELAN WOODS

The Jukebox Man, despite a defeat to Gidleigh Park in a bumper, has shown promise with victories in hurdles and a competitive showing in the Grade 1 Challow at Newbury.

With potential for improvement and a favorable pedigree, The Jukebox Man could deliver a strong performance.

Ticks The Right Boxes?

2024 Tips For The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle With Key Trends

HIGH CLASS HERO comes into this race unbeaten. He has travelled to and won at a variety of tracks, which should set him up well maintain his streak here.

He has plenty of experience on undulating tracks and has won going left handed also. Paddy Mullins rides for his father and this lightly raced character can enhance his already glowing reputation.

Gidleigh Park also brings some excellent form to the table and is the only one in the line up to have won around this track. That came over half-a-mile shorter, but if he stays, he is likely to post a big run.

Key Trends

  • 7 of the 19 winners had won or placed in a Graded novice hurdle.
  • 7 of the 19 winners had won the Hyde, Bristol or Classic earlier in the season
  • Willie Mullins has trained 3 of the past 7 winners.
  • 16 of the 19 winners contested a Graded novice hurdle last time out.

Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication

  • Readin Tommy Wrong 11/4
  • Gidleigh Park 4/1
  • Captain Teague 8/1
  • Dancing City 10/1
  • High Class Hero 10/1
  • Chigorin 12/1
  • Johnnywho 12/1
  • Lecky Watson 12/1
  • The Jukebox Man 14/1
  • Search For Glory 14/1
  • Stellar Story 20/1
  • Spread Boss Ted 40/1
  • Dripsey Moon 100/1



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