2023 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Friday, 17 March 2023

There is always a Gordon Elliott-trained runner who is knocking around at the top of the Cheltenham Festival betting and the Irish handler has the first three in the current Cheltenham betting odds when it comes to the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. Ginto has recorded three consecutive wins and that explains why the horse is favourite.

Minella Crooner is a stablemate who looks as though he is always staying on well although there have been a couple of blots on his copybook, with Hollow Games trading at a slightly bigger price and the horse has been in the frame on his previous three outings.

17/03 14:50Best Odds
Bet365
Unibet
betiton
American MikeAmerican Mike
betiton11/1
9/17/111/1
Redemption DayRedemption Day
Unibet16/1
10/116/112/1
Facile VegaFacile Vega
Unibet20/1
12/120/116/1
Uncle PhilUncle Phil
Unibet20/1
20/1
Saint PalaisSaint Palais
Unibet20/1
20/1
Hunters YarnHunters Yarn
Unibet20/1
20/1
DemandringdouvanDemandringdouvan
Unibet20/1
20/1
Jet PoweredJet Powered
Unibet20/1
20/1
Deeply SuperficialDeeply Superficial
Bet36520/1
20/1
James's GateJames's Gate
Bet36525/1
25/120/118/1
MadmansgameMadmansgame
Unibet20/1
20/120/120/1
An TobarAn Tobar
Unibet25/1
25/1
Dark RavenDark Raven
Unibet25/1
25/1
LetsbeclearaboutitLetsbeclearaboutit
Bet36525/1
25/125/1
Gaelic WarriorGaelic Warrior
Unibet25/1
25/1
Lisnagar FortuneLisnagar Fortune
Bet36525/1
25/120/1
Seabank BistroSeabank Bistro
Bet36540/1
40/120/120/1
Issuing AuthorityIssuing Authority
Unibet33/1
25/133/1
MercureyMercurey
Unibet50/1
16/150/128/1
Tag ManTag Man
Bet36533/1
33/133/1
WeveallbeencaughtWeveallbeencaught
Unibet33/1
33/1
Rath Gaul BoyRath Gaul Boy
Bet36533/1
33/133/1
Barry The ButcherBarry The Butcher
Unibet33/1
33/1
Absolute NotionsAbsolute Notions
Bet36533/1
33/1
Dorans WeirDorans Weir
Unibet33/1
33/1
SantonitoSantonito
Unibet33/1
33/1
Embassy GardensEmbassy Gardens
Bet36533/1
33/133/1
FirestepFirestep
Bet36533/1
33/1
Ballybough NativeBallybough Native
Unibet33/1
33/1
Music DriveMusic Drive
Bet36550/1
50/125/1
Arctic BresilArctic Bresil
Unibet40/1
40/140/1
Top SpeedTop Speed
Bet36566/1
66/133/1
Sandor CleganeSandor Clegane
Bet36566/1
66/133/1
TenzingTenzing
Unibet50/1
50/1
TwinjetsTwinjets
Unibet50/1
50/1
Monbeg ParkMonbeg Park
Bet36550/1
50/1
Shanbally KidShanbally Kid
Bet36550/1
50/1
Night And DayNight And Day
Bet36580/1
80/1
MaximilianMaximilian
Bet365100/1
100/1

There are lots of lively each-way betting outsiders who are lining up for the 2022 Albert Barlett Novices’ Hurdle. John McConnell is a lesser-known trainer when it comes to National Hunt horse racing, although he could have a rare Cheltenham Festival winner in the form of Bardenstown Lad.

The seven-year-old has won four of his previous five renewals, with the horse most recently obliging at odds-on when winning the Scottish Stayers’ Hurdle although that didn’t tell us a great deal considering there were only a couple of horses in the race. However, the horse also won a Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse back in October.

From an each-way betting perpective, this horse looks to be a great pick, although Ginto will be stepping up in trip after recording three victories over a distance of two miles and four furlongs. These three wins were recorded at Navan, so the big question is whether he will step up in trip successfully and also act at Cheltenham.

Hollow Games has managed to run further than two miles and four furlongs this season, finishing third in a Novices’ Hurdle at Leopardstown Racecourse, with the runner finishing just behind a rival for the 2022 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, with Minella Crooner having caught the eye a great deal this season.

The Elliott-trained runner has won three of his five outings this season, with the latest effort being at Leopardstown over two miles and six furlongs. Previously to this, it was a comfortable win in a Maiden Hurdle over three miles on soft ground, although the horse still has plenty to prove.

Willie Mullins has an interesting runner in the form of The Nice Guy and the horse has collected a spate of wins along the way. The seven-year-old won a Maiden Hurdle at Naas by seven lengths, with the horse being sent off as the 6/5 betting favourite and this could represent a tasty each-way betting price.


The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is known affectionately as “The Potato Race” due to the sponsor being known for producing that vegetable, with this being a stamina-sapping three mile encounter over hurdles which is a fantastic encounter.

This is often a stepping stone to the Stayers’ Hurdle and Thyme Hill is currently likely to go off as favourite, with the six-year-old having won on three consecutive encounters this season and there’s plenty to like about the Philip Hobbs-trained charge.

Richard Johnson is likely to be on board for Hobbs and the horse triumphed in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on 19 November when obliging as the 11/8 favourite, with the runner beating Champagne Well by a distance of five lengths.

Previously to this, there had been a success at Chepstow, while there was also a festive victory at Newbury and the horse previously finished in an impressive third place against winner Envoi Allen in the Champion Bumper at last year’s Festival.

Speaking of Envoi Allen, the world is the horse’s oyster as far as the Festival is concerned. After a 234-day break, there was a triumph in a modest race at Down Royal before further successes at Fairyhouse and Naas.

Gordon Elliott hasn’t worked out the best race for Envoi Allen just yet but it would be no surprise to see him pitch up for this encounter and odds of 12/1 about the charge would be a huge price if it were to line up in this race.

Elliott will sure to have lively contenders in this race, with Fury Road having scored a hat-trick of recent successes when obliging at Down Royal, Navan and Limerick.

Then we have another Elliott-trained charge in the form of Abacadabras, with the six-year-old having finished in the first two of his previous five races.

Since finishing fourth in the Bumper at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, there was a second-placed finish at the Punchestown Festival although there were successes at Gowran Park, Navan and Leopardstown.

Colin Tizzard also has several entries in the race, with The Big Breakaway having the best claims at this point in time, with the five-year-old yet to taste defeat and there have been impressive performances at Chepstow and Newbury.