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Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips When is the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2023?

Cheltenham Tuesday 14th March 4.50pm

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle  (Grade 3) (4yo)

Distance: 2 Miles ½ furlongs

Race six on day one is registered as the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle and sponsored by Boodles.

This is a race for juvenile novice hurdlers, run over two miles and 110 yards where they jump eight obstacles.  This is a race where you might be able to pick out a high-priced winner with six of the last eight winners having returned at 25/1 plus.

That said it still tends to go to the top stables, with Paul Nicholls having won the race three times and Gordon Elliot twice in recent years.


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Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – All of the last 12 winners were aged 4.
  • Sex – 9 of the last 12 winners were geldings.
  • Trainer – Gordon Elliott and Paul Nichols are the only trainers to saddle more than 1 winner in the last 12 years with 3 wins each.
  • Country – 7 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 4 in France and 1 in Germany.
  • Colour – 9 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried10 of the last of the last 12 winners carried between 10st 7lb and 11st 5lbs.
  • Starting Price (SP) 10 of the last 12 winners have returned an SP of 13/2 or higher and 6 of them have been at least 25/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 2 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 6 were in the first 5 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 9 of the last 12 winners were without any headgear
  • Days Since Last Run – 6 of the last 12 winners had run between 16 and 25 days ago, the rest were off between 31 and 90 days.
  • Last Run Form –4 of the last 12 winners had won last time out, 3 came 7th last time out. 
  • Official Rating – 11 of the last 12 winners had an OR between 125 and 139

Who are the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Leading Contenders?

How many of these could go down the Triumph Hurdle route?
CHAMPION GREEN may not be good enough for that test given what he’s shown, but he’s certainly hinted at enough ability to make a good first of this Festival Handicap should Joseph O’Brien’s charge take his chance.

Useful on the flat he’s largely ran well over hurdles in his four starts to date and he quickly bounced back from his Punchestown mishap where his saddle slipped and rider lost his irons to impress at Naas when last seen out where he wore both a hood and tongue-tie.

Making all the running he could be called the winner some way out, readily repelling all-comers who challenge him and once kicked clear before the last he asserted for an easy win. 

It will be interesting to see what mark the handicapper allocates him following that performance but it is likely there’s more to come and the yard has won this in the past. He could be a big player.


Here's what Keith said ahead of the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle:

QUILIXIOS – Unbeaten in 4 starts, Grade 1 winner at Leopardstown in February, makes handicap debut.

ZANAHIYR – Flat winner who is 3/3 over hurdles.

SAINT SAM – Won 2 hurdles in France before joining Willie Mullins, behind QUILIXIOS and ZANAHIYA on last two starts but recieves weight from both of them.

ZOFFANIEN – Progressive over hurdles, landed a handicap at Naas last time in some style.

What’s Our Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips?

We will update this box with our tips for the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle when they are finalised

It is going to be interesting to see how many of these babies are left at the 48 hour stage but as the stats favour light weights I am eliminating the pair at the head of the betting market. While SAINT SAM has a chance at these weights at present I have a slight preference for ZOFFANIEN.

On the day, Keith gave this tip to our members:

JEFF KIDDER Cheltenham 66/1 each way – A race noted for big priced winners full of unexposed babies. JEFF KIDDER got off the mark at Fairyhouse with some ease in November but was out of his depth in a Grade 2 last time. Massive shout at big odds.

How did he do?

 JEFF KIDDER – well we have to shout about an 80/1 winner!  66/1 when Keith first advised and drifted to 80/1 Jeff Kidder waited with in mid-division, steady headway and switched right before 2 out, weaved way through between horses approaching the last, challenged last, ridden to lead run-in, quickened clear – great ride and a great result for Keith – 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be in profit for our members.

FRT Tipster Keith’s wrote this for the 2020 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle:

Gordon Elliott handles the ante-post favourite ARAMAX, who won a Naas Novice Hurdle pretty convincingly in February in the hands of Mark Walsh, setting him up for a crack at this race.

After careful consideration of the other possible contenders, I am passing him up in favour of THYME WHITE, trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by his landlord at Ditcheat, the Stewart Family. THYME WHITE won the Scottish Triumph hurdle at Musselburgh at the beginning of February, and while he also holds an entry for the Cheltenham Triumph Hurdle on Friday, this is a more realistic target.

How did Keith Do

In the Juvenile Novices Hurdle THYME WHITE appeared not to stay on the soft ground going quickly from having every chance 2 flights out to having no chance at the last.


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Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Results

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered As The Fred Winter) (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m½f (3607 yards) Prize (winner): £45016 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 21    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 3    Age Restrictions: 4yo
Winners Time: 3 mins 58.37s   Avg OR: 128     Median OR: 126     Hurdles: 8

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
31stBrazil (IRE)411-9Roche, PadraigWalsh, M P10/1
chased leader, hampered 2nd, carried right 3 out and next, switched to inside turning in, ridden and two lengths down at the last, stayed on to lead towards finish, all out BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 65 Owner: Mr John P McManus
82ndSHGaelic Warrior (GER)411-1Mullins, W PTownend, P13/8 (Fav)
raced keenly, jumped right most of way, led and went left 2nd, went right 3 out and next, 2 lengths ahead when went right again last, ridden and joined run-in, headed and rallied towards finish, just failed BF IP MIN 1.22 BF IP MAX 630 Owner: Mrs S Ricci
73rd1.5Bell Ex One (IRE)411-2Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry28/1
held up mid-division on inside, headway tracking leaders approaching 3rd, switched left and pushed along before last, went 3rd final 110 yards, never going pace to challenge BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 950 Owner: Mr Alexander McGregor
104th2Hms Seahorse (IRE)411-0Nolan, PaulCooper, Bryan J8/1
jumped first hurdle in false start, mid-division, headway out wide chasing leaders 4th, 3rd and one pace when hit last, weakened into 4th final 110 yards BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Sonja Buckley/Anne Coffey Partnership
195th1.25Too Friendly410-11Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry16/1
held up towards rear, headway chased leaders before 2 out, pushed along turning in, modest 4th at the last, weakened run-in BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: The Gredley Family
216th3.75Swinging London (IRE)410-10Murphy, OllyColeman, A80/1
held up towards rear on inside, plugged on run-in, never going pace to get involved BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 950 Owner: Mr Adrian Butler
137th0.5Iberique Du Seuil (FR)410-12Elliott, GordonORegan, Denis33/1
soon towards rear, headway before 2 out, disputing 6th and no impression when mistake last BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Bective Stud
118th0.75Prairie Dancer (IRE)410-12OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J28/1
chased leaders, flattened 3rd, went right and mistake 3 out, ridden and weakened approaching the last BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Sean Sweeney/kieran Ohare
229th3Skycutter (FR)410-8Kirby, P ADowson, Thomas28/1
raced keenly, steadied rear, never on terms BF IP MIN 29 BF IP MAX 980 Owner: The French Connection
1410th1.5Saint Segal (FR)410-9Williams, Mrs JaneWilliams, Chester (3)14/1
raced keenly, chased leaders, ridden home turn, weakened before the last BF IP MIN 3.25 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Culverhill Racing Club V
1511th2.25Champion Green (IRE)410-11OBrien, Joseph PatrickBlackmore, Rachael14/1
held up off the pace towards rear, some headway and switched right turning in, hanging left in dispute of 6th and held when blundered badly last, eased BF IP MIN 18 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr John P McManus
1812th0.5Doctor Brown Bear (IRE)410-11Brassil, MartinOKeeffe, Darragh22/1
raced keenly, led until 2nd, chased leaders, pushed along after 4th, weakened and towards rear soon after BF IP MIN 25 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Sean & Bernardine Mulryan
1713th7.5Milldam (FR)410-11Snowden, JamieSheehan, Gavin66/1
mid-division on inside, weakened 3 out BF IP MIN 90 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Neil Goulden, Kevin & Sue Hopgood
1614thSHSea Sessions410-11OSullivan, RossBurke, Jonathan50/1
held up and always towards rear BF IP MIN 46 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Stuart John Robinson
215th1.75The Tide Turns411-9Elliott, GordonKennedy, J W9/1
off the pace towards rear, hampered bend after 4th, never on terms BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Lets Go Partnership
2016th0.5Forever William410-11King, ACannon, Tom J20/1
chased leaders out wide, pushed along before 2 out, soon lost place BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: The Barbury Lions 6
417th0.5Doctor Churchill (IRE)411-2Elliott, GordonGainford, Mr J C (3)80/1
held up in mid-division, weakened before 4 out BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Pierce Gerard Molony
1218th3.25Feigh (IRE)410-12Mullins, W PMullins, D E100/1
raced keenly towards rear of mid-division, pushed along and struggling 3 out, never involved BF IP MIN 75 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Dr S P Fitzgerald
919th2.5White Pepper (IRE)411-0Cromwell, Gavin PatrickDempsey, Luke80/1
chased leaders, pushed along before squeezed up 3 out, weakened soon after BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs Maria McCullen Harvey
520th1.5Ebasari (IRE)411-3Elliott, GordonRussell, D N18/1
mid-division out wide, pushed along after 4 out, weakened approaching next, beaten and eased when bad mistake last BF IP MIN 24 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Royals & Blue Syndicate
621st7Britzka (IRE)411-2Elliott, GordonPower, R M33/1
off the pace towards rear, never a factor BF IP MIN 48 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Ray Stokes

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered As The Fred Winter) (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m½f (3607 yards) Prize (winner): £33762 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 22    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 3    Age Restrictions: 4yo
Winners Time: 3 mins 57.77s   Avg OR: 131     Median OR: 130.5

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
211stJeff Kidder (IRE)410-8125Meade, NoelFlanagan, S W80/1
waited with in mid-division, steady headway and switched right before 2 out, weaved way through between horses approaching the last, challenged last, ridden to lead run-in, quickened clear
32nd2Saint Sam (FR)411-8139Mullins, W PTownend, P9/2 (Fav)
held up in last pair, headway chasing leaders after 3 out, led on inside before last, ridden and headed run-in, stayed on same pace
223rd0.5Elham Valley (FR)410-7124OBrien, FergalBrennan, P J66/1
held up towards rear, headway when not clear run between last 2, soon switched left, only 6th jumping the last, stayed on strongly towards finish, never nearer
134th1.25Houx Gris (FR)410-11128Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry11/2
raced keenly chasing leaders, every chance last, ridden and stayed on same pace run-in
155th2.25Coltor (IRE)410-10127Weld, D KONeill, Jonjo (Jr)12/1
held up in last pair, headway out wide approaching 3 out, chased leaders next, ridden and unable to quicken between last 2, out, one pace in 5th towards finish
176thNKSage Advice (IRE)410-10127Newland, Dr R D PTwiston-Davies, Sam14/1
held up towards rear, steady headway on inside approaching 2 out, chased leaders between last 2, stayed on same pace run-in lost modest 5th towards finish
77th0.5Riviere Detel (FR)411-3134Foster, Mrs DeniseKennedy, J W7/1
chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, every chance next, hung left approaching last, ridden and weakened run-in
128th1.5Zoffanien (IRE)410-13130Hogan, Denis GerardJohnson, Richard16/1
raced keenly towards rear, mistake and behind 3rd, headway on inside between last 2, ridden and weakened run-in
109th1Hell Red (FR)411-0131Nicholls, P FFrost, Bryony50/1
raced keenly out wide in mid-division, headway chasing leaders approaching 3 out, pushed along between last 2, weakened approaching last
110th2.75Nassalam (FR)411-10141Moore, G LMoore, Jamie18/1
mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders before 3 out, weakened before next
811th2.25Balko Saint (FR)410-12134Williams, Mrs JaneWilliams, Chester (5)28/1
mid-division, headway chasing leaders before 3 out, weakened between last 2
412th3.25Cabot Cliffs (IRE)411-6137Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry12/1
led, ridden and headed before last, weakened last
1613th0.5Her Indoors (IRE)410-10127King, AHeskin, A P33/1
always towards rear, never on terms
2014th3Homme Public (FR)410-8125Greenall, OliverBrooke, Henry11/1
chased leaders on inside, ridden and weakened before 2 out
515th0.5Druids Altar (IRE)410-13135OBrien, Joseph PatrickMorgan, Hugh (5)28/1
chased leaders, weakened before 3 out
1116th1Glorious Zoff (IRE)411-0131Foster, Mrs DeniseDonoghue, K M33/1
towards rear, headway chasing leaders weakened
917th0.5Longclaw (USA)410-12132McConnell, John CTorrens, Simon (3)100/1
always rear-division, never on terms
218th18Youmdor (FR)411-10141Mullins, W PCooper, Bryan J33/1
always towards rear, never a factor
619th14Busselton (FR)411-4135OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J13/2
chased leaders, weakened taile doff
2320th23Curious Bride (IRE)410-6123Meade, NoelORegan, Denis40/1
chased leader, went left 2nd, hit 5th, lost 2nd before 3 out, weakened quickly, tailed off
14PUSoldier On Parade410-11128Murphy, AmyQuinlan, Jack200/1
mid-division on inside, mistake 4th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off when mistake 2 out, pulled up soon after
19URBurgundy Man (FR)410-8125Williams, Miss VenetiaSheehan, Gavin150/1
raced keenly out wide, stumbled and unseated rider 1st

Non Runners  Tinnahalla (IRE)

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (Registered As The Fred Winter)
Distance: 2m½f (3607 yards) Prize (winner): £45016 Direction: Left Handed
Runners: 22    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 3    Age Restrictions: 4yo
Winners Time: 4 mins 12.08s   Avg OR: 133     Median OR: 133

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
21stAramax (GER)4138Elliott, GordonWalsh, M P15/29.483.37
mid-division, headway travelling well before 3 out, led before last, pressed briefly flat, ran on well and asserting towards finish BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 11
112nd1Night Edition (FR)4133Pipe, D EScudamore, Tom16/129.006.56
held up towards rear, headway from 3 out, not much room briefly after 2 out, went 2nd soon after last, pressed winner, no impression towards finish BF IP MIN 1.57 BF IP MAX 1000
93rd3Saint Doroux (FR)4133Elliott, GordonJacob, Daryl14/117.504.94
chased leaders, challenged after 3 out, led after next, headed before last, kept on same pace final 150 yards BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
144thNSERecent Revelations (IRE)4132Elliott, GordonRussell, D N14/118.004.20
mid-division, headway 2 out, close up when not fluent last, edged right flat, kept on same pace BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
75thNKClemencia (IRE)4134Vaughan, TimJohns, Alan66/186.3418.24
chased leaders, ridden home bend, kept on same pace flat BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
46thNKLanger Dan (IRE)4135Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry20/130.396.00
held up towards rear, headway and switched left before last, unable to challenge, kept on same pace final 150 yards BF IP MIN 11.5 BF IP MAX 1000
187th0.75Theatre Of War (IRE)4130Cromwell, Gavin PatrickMoore, J M20/145.786.72
held up in rear, headway 3 out, chasing leaders when mistake 2 out, edged right flat, stayed on same pace BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
228thNSEGealach (IRE)4129Elliott, GordonOKeeffe, Sean F (5)33/141.116.62
towards rear, not fluent 3rd, ridden on outside 3 out, headway before last, never on terms BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000
219th1.25Tronador (IRE)4129Elliott, GordonORegan, Denis8/113.503.11
held up in rear, mistake 3 out, headway after 2 out, no impression BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 700
110thNSEMick Pastor (FR)4140Nicholls, P FGeraghty, B J17/210.663.95
held up rear of mid-division, took keen hold, headway 3 out, chasing leaders home bend, not quicken before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 4.2 BF IP MAX 1000
1511th6.5Sacchoandvanzetti (IRE)4132Queally, JohnMcGarvey, J S40/157.5210.50
in touch in mid-division, mistake 5th, no impression from 2 out, mistake and weakened last BF IP MIN 11.5 BF IP MAX 1000
1912th1Repetitio (IRE)4130Hawke, N JNoonan, David G16/128.005.25
tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, weakened flat BF IP MIN 23 BF IP MAX 1000
1213th2.25Bajan Excell (IRE)4133Cromwell, Gavin PatrickMcNamara, Conor (5)50/174.799.54
mid-division on outside, weakened after 2 out BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
814th2.25Galahad Quest (FR)4134Williams, NickTwiston-Davies, Sam25/130.736.72
prominent, led just after 3 out, headed after 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
1015th2.75Thyme White (FR)4133Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry12/125.004.55
mid-division, took keen hold, headway approaching 4th, ridden home bend, beaten when mistake last, weakened BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000
2016th3Goa Lil (FR)4130Twiston-Davies, N ABowen, James C80/1120.0018.56
always towards rear BF IP MIN 110 BF IP MAX 1000
1617th1.25Group Stage (GER)4131King, AHeskin, A P50/167.8412.38
always in rear BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
1318th56Fraser Island (IRE)4132Henderson, N JMcGrath, Jeremiah33/170.799.87
tracked leaders, ridden after mistake 3 out, weakened next, mistake last BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 1000
17PUGerolamo Cardano4131Jeffreys, D JWoods, K K100/1240.2227.36
towards rear, not fluent 3rd, struggling 4th, behind when pulled up before 3 out BF IP MIN 170 BF IP MAX 1000
3PUPalladium4137Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico5/1 (JFav)7.802.49
led until 3rd, stayed prominent, not fluent 3rd, weakened quickly and pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
5PUBlacko (FR)4135King, ABellamy, Tom5/1 (JFav)7.222.62
mid-division on inside, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 4.1 BF IP MAX 1000
6PUZoffee4134Hobbs, P JJohnson, Richard16/122.534.50
prominent, led 3rd, headed just after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 18.5 BF IP MAX 1000

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Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Previous Winners

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORDays
Good To Soft21410/111-913731d
Good To Soft22480/110-812580d
Good To Soft22433/111-513418d
Good To Soft24425/110-712732d
Good To Soft22411/110-412514d
Good To Soft22414/111-1013325d
Good To Soft2449/210-111303d
Good To Soft24440/111-312420d

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Race Schedule

13:30The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race2m abt ½fHurdle
14:10The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chaseabt 2mChase
14:50The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase3m abt 1fChase
15:30The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
(feature race)
2m abt ½fHurdle
16:10The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race2m abt 4fHurdle
16:50The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)2m abt 4½fChase
17:30The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)3m abt 6fChase


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