About the Spa Novices Hurdle
The Spa Novices Hurdle, better known by its sponsored name as the Albert Barlett Novices’ Hurdle, is the UK’s premier stayers race for novice hurdlers. Run over a distance of 3 miles on the Cheltenham New Course, the race features 12 hurdles. Entry to the Spa Novices Hurdle is open to 4-year-old and above novice hurdlers.
The Spa Novices Hurdle is one of the more recent additions to the Cheltenham Festival, and was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2008. The race attracts horses that will be aimed at the Stayers’ Hurdle later in their careers, although no Spa Novices Hurdle winner has gone on to achieve this double. However, 2011 winner, Bob’s Worth, went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2013.
Betting on the Spa Novices Hurdle
Winners of the Spa Novices Hurdle tend to have shown form over 3 miles ahead of their Cheltenham win. In fact a win over 3 miles prior to travelling to Cheltenham is the single strongest indicator of a potential winner. Keep in mind that a poor showing in a race over a shorter distance last time out may raise a horses’ price without having any real bearing on their prospects in this race.
Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by the markets. This race takes place just before the Cheltenham Gold Cup so markets are loaded with money from the general public, and favourites will start off well under-priced. While favourites do win this race, it’s just as common for horses priced well over 10/1 to take the win. So look for each-way value and stay away from short priced favourites.
Spa Novices Hurdle Sign-up Offer
New customers only. Up to £100 in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5 or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply. 18+ only.