Albert Bartlett Cheltenham Tips
The Cheltenham Festival is now one of the biggest attractions in the horse racing calender, and for four days in March the racing fraternity makes its way to Prestbury Park in Cheltenham to take in what is a feast of Group 1 horse racing, featuring the finest jockeys and horses in the country and Ireland.
The Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle is one of the main races on Gold Cup day on the Friday of the Cheltenham Festival. It is the premier novice hurdle race run over three miles of the entire Jumps season.
The course itself at Cheltenahm is very unique as it contains plenty of undulations at the top of the hill and it takes a very streetwise horse and exceptionally strong horse to be able to deal with the layout.
The winner of the Albert Bartlett is usually seen as a strong candidate for Gold Cup success in the future.
Due to its recent inclusion to the Cheltenham Festival, there are no strong jockey trends to the race but as with most big Jumps race Tony McCoy has won this race twice since it was first run at Cheltenham in 2005.
One of the victories came aboard Wichita Lineman, which has gone down in Festival folklore as one of the greatest rides by a jockey at the legendary Cheltenham extravaganza. Proven stamina, unsurprisingly, is also a key trait to look for in a potential winner of this long-distance hurdle.
It probably won't be revolutionary to know that 17 of the 22 win and placed horses had run over three miles before running well at the Festival.
That was certainly the case with the 2012 winner Brindisi Breeze, who upset strong favourite Boston Bob to land the gruelling three mile contest.
The seven-year-old hurdler looked set for a succesfull career over fences but in a dramatic and rather tragic turn of events, lost his life after a serious accident on the gallops at trainer Lucinda Russell's stables.
In an extraordinarily sad turn of events, the horse's young jockey Campbell Gillies also died in the summer of 2012 after an accident when on holiday in Greece.
Lets hope this years's race is a healthy and safe one for all involved.