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.
Fifteen of the last sixteen 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 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Stattler – Willie Mullins
Stattler has taken a while to find his feet since going over hurdles, but there was a lot to like about his recent placed effort behind stablemate Gaillard Du Mesnil at Leopardstown last month.
He tried to make all in what was his first attempt at any sort of trip like this.
To his credit he stuck on gamely to be placed but it may not be so easy to dominate from the front here.
If taking to new tactics and is waited with for a while longer, he could have a very big say in the closing stages.
Fakiera – Denise Foster
Fakiera has two lengths to find with Stattler based on their most recent outing at the Dublin Racing Festival, but he was closing all the way to the line.
If given a similar ride over this longer trip, he will be slicing through the field like a hot knife through butter.
He will improve for his recent run which came after a near two-month break and he has every chance.
Barbados Bucks – Paul Nicholls
Barbados Buck’s has never raced at this sort of level, but he has improved with each race in his last three starts.
He is an extremely strong stayer and has proven himself at this trip.
He gave plenty of weight away in what was his toughest race to date last time and still won with any amount in hand.
Hails from the same family as the unforgettable Big Buck’s and his owners would love nothing more than to possibly follow in his footsteps.
Torygraph – Denise Foster
Torygraph has won his last two starts with authority.
He is undoubtedly a strong stayer and remains unbeaten since being upped to this sort of trip.
He comes into this race following the same route that Monkfish did when winning at Thurles last time out.
Certainly looks progressive and anything that beats him will know that they have had a hard race.
Alaphillipe – Fergal O’Brien
Alaphillipe took a Grade Two at Haydock in the most breath-taking of circumstances when beating Mr Harp by over a dozen lengths.
He is rapidly improving for Fergal O’Brien and has won four of his last five starts.
He looks to be the best that the home side have to offer and he certainly looks a force to be reckoned with.
It would be foolish to dismiss him.
N’Golo – Willie Mullins
N’golo is a bit of a shot in the dark but connections will have to try something on him.
This is a massive step up in trip for the six-year-old who had won a couple of novice races at Navan and Listowel earlier in the year.
He has lost his way a bit since and could not be backed with any confidence here despite coming from a top yard such as that of Willie Mullins.
Adrimel – Tom Lacey
Adrimel is unbeaten in three starts for Tom Lacey but he was rather unconvincing at Haydock on what was his second start over hurdles.
He stepped up in grade and took the Grade Two Leamington where he was ridden from the front in first time cheek-pieces.
Having given weight away all around on that last occasion, he did the job nicely in the end.
Any softening of the ground would almost certainly be in his favour and if he could jump a little more cleanly, his claims would also be enhanced.
This is a step into the unknown stamina wise and he will need to show more than he did when finishing sixteenth in last years’ champion bumper.
Threeunderthrufive – Paul Nicholls
Threeunderthrufive is unbeaten in three starts over hurdles for Paul Nicholls but is completely untested at this sort of grade.
He has stamina in abundance having won over three miles at the first time of asking at Musselburgh last month.
All of his runs so far though have come on relatively flat tracks and that inexperience of an uphill finish would be a concern here.
Streets Of Doyen – John McConnell
Streets Of Doyen has been in fantastic form this season and landed the biggest win of his career over the course and distance back in October when ridden by Richard Johnson.
He was completing a four-timer for the yard having also won at Roscommon, Gowran Park and Cork in the space of six weeks.
His experience around here will prove invaluable and in a race that can throw up the occasional shock, he makes each-way appeal.
Ticks The Right Boxes?
2021 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips
This is one of the widest open races of the Festival, it may pay to side with a bigger priced horse given that they have tended to upset the applecart and burst many bubbles in recent years.
Streets Of Doyen is a proven course and distance winner who enjoyed a recent spin at Naas in preparation for this.
He is likely to strip much fitter for that outing and can make an impact at a big price here.
Torygraph could well prove to be the biggest danger.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 7/2 Stattler
- 5/1 Fakiera
- 5/1 Torygraph
- 11/2 Barbados Bucks
- 8/1 Alaphilippe
- 11/1 Threeunderthrufive
- 12/1 Ngolo
- 16/1 Streets Of Doyen