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14:50 Cheltenham 13 Mar 2020

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

Grade 1 | Registered As The Spa Novices' Hurdle | Class 1 | 4YO plus

Winner £73,506 - 19 ran

2m 7f 213y

Soft (Good to Soft in places)

Draw Advantage: None

Kevin Blake
by Kevin Blake

Published 8th Feburary

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is a race that rewards stamina and toughness. It regularly turns into a real slog and going into the race with plenty of experience and maturity has proven to be significant for many previous winners of it.

One contender that is tipped in the hope that he will instead run in this race rather than the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is the Philip Hobbs-trained THYME HILL.

The six-year-old doesn’t have an above-average amount of experience for an Albert Bartlett contender having had three starts in bumpers and three over hurdles. That said, his experience has primarily come in very competitive environments, with him having run in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham, the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and all three of his starts over hurdles having come in Grade 2 or Grade 1 novice company.

Thus, the manner in which he has been fast-tracked into top company at every stage of his career suggests that inexperience won’t be an issue for him in the Albert Bartlett.

While all three of Thyme Hill’s starts over hurdles have come over mid-range trips, he has given the strong impression that a well-run three miles will suit him even better

While all three of Thyme Hill’s starts over hurdles have come over mid-range trips, he has given the strong impression that a well-run three miles will suit him even better. He never overexerts himself be it in how he travels in his races, how he jumps or how much he does when hitting the front. It is a case of doing the bare minimum at all times and those are the horses that tend to thrive over longer trips.

With Thyme Hill’s liking for Cheltenham being well established, he looks a very solid proposition for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Cheltenham 14:50, 13 March 2020

Finished 4 of 19 @ 4/1

mid-division on outside, headway and close up before 2 out, driven to challenge when not much room and switched left before last, ridden and every chance when not clear run again flat, kept on, held near finish

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Previous Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Age/Wt SP
2019Minella IndoH de BromheadRachael Blackmore6 11-550/1
2018Kilbricken StormC L TizzardH Cobden7 11-533/1
2017PenhillW P MullinsP Townend6 11-516/1
2016UnowhatimeanharryHarry FryN D Fehily8 11-511/1
2015Martello TowerMs M MullinsA P Heskin7 11-714/1
2014Very WoodN MeadeP Carberry5 11-733/1
2013At Fishers CrossMiss R CurtisA P McCoy6 11-711/8f
2012Brindisi BreezeMiss Lucinda V RussellCampell Gillies6 11-77/1
2011Bobs WorthN J HendersonB J Geraghty6 11-715/8f
2010 Berties Dream P J Gilligan A E Lynch 7 11-7 33/1
2009 Weapon's Amnesty C Byrnes D N Russell 6 11-7 8/1
2008 Nenuphar Collonges A King R Thornton 7 11-7 9/1
2007 Wichita Lineman J O'Neill A P McCoy 6 11-7 11/8f
2006 Black Jack Ketchum J O'Neill A P McCoy 7 11-7 Evens f
2005 Moulin Riche F Doumen R Thornton 5 11-7 9-1

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