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Spa Novices' Hurdle

Grade 1 race
Spa Novices' Hurdle
(Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle)
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 2005
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Albert Bartlett
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 3 miles (4,828 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 10 st 12 lb (4yo);
11 st 7 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £100,000 (2010)
1st: £57,010

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 (2 wins):

  • Tony McCoyBlack Jack Ketchum (2006), Wichita Lineman (2007)

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


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