Spa Novices' Hurdle

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Spa Novices' Hurdle
(Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle)
Grade 1 race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 2005
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Albert Bartlett
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 3 miles (4,828 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 10 st 11 lb (4yo);
11 st 7 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £120,000 (2014)
1st: £68,340
Spa Novices' Hurdle
Royal blue, white seams, white and royal blue hooped cap Maroon, yellow stars, maroon sleeves, striped cap Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap
Penhill Monalee Wholestone

The Spa Novices' Hurdle, also known as the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are twelve hurdles to be jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

It was one of several new races introduced at the Festival when a fourth day was added to the meeting in 2005. For its first three runnings the event was sponsored by Brit Insurance, and it was classed at Grade 2 level. The vegetable growing company Albert Bartlett began supporting the race in 2008, and since then it has held Grade 1 status.


Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Tony McCoyBlack Jack Ketchum (2006), Wichita Lineman (2007) At Fishers Cross (2013)

Leading trainer (2 wins):

  • Jonjo O'NeillBlack Jack Ketchum (2006), Wichita Lineman (2007)


2005 Moulin Riche 5 Robert Thornton François Doumen
2006 Black Jack Ketchum 7 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2007 Wichita Lineman 6 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2008 Nenuphar Collonges 7 Robert Thornton Alan King
2009 Weapon's Amnesty 6 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes
2010 Berties Dream 7 Andrew Lynch Paul John Gilligan
2011 Bobs Worth 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Brindisi Breeze 6 Campbell Gillies Lucinda Russell
2013 At Fishers Cross 6 Tony McCoy Rebecca Curtis
2014 Very Wood 5 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2015 Martello Tower 7 Adrian Heskin Margaret Mullins
2016 Unowhatimeanharry 8 Noel Fehily Harry Fry
2017 Penhill 6 Paul Townend Willie Mullins

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