Spa Novices' Hurdle
|Grade 1 race|
|Spa Novices' Hurdle|
(Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle)
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||3 miles (4,828 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
|Weight||10 st 12 lb (4yo);|
11 st 7 lb (5yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
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):
- Robert Thornton – Moulin Riche (2005), Nenuphar Collonges (2008)
- Tony McCoy – Black Jack Ketchum (2006), Wichita Lineman (2007)
Leading trainer (2 wins):
- Jonjo O'Neill – Black 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|
- cheltenham.co.uk – Media information pack (2010).
- pedigreequery.com – Brit Insurance Novices' Hurdle – Cheltenham.
- pedigreequery.com – Spa Novices' Hurdle – Cheltenham.