Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle betting tips, predictions, odds and free bets (DAY 2 - March 14, 2018)

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The Fred Winter Handicap Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle is a competitive race run over two miles and 110 yards, a race for four year olds and first season jumpers just starting out on their national hunt careers. Big outsider Flying Tiger won the race last year for Nick Williams and Richard Johnsonat odds of 33/1. Find here a complete 2018 Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle race preview, our free predictions and tips, key trends, best odds, free bets, no deposit bonuses and bookie promotions.


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The Fred Winter Hurdle is one of the toughest races to win at the Cheltenham Festival. It's a Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle covering two miles and about half a furlong, for horses aged four. This is a very tough race for horse racing punters as their are generally over 20 runners and it is a handicap. Furthermore, this race is all about horses that are improving for each run as they are just novices at the smaller obstacles.

You will see a lot of winning form and many exposed horses in this race, and it can be very tough to pick the winner of the Fred Winter Hurdle.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle 2018 and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

ACT OF VALOUR won his hurdling debut in taking style and he was not beaten far in Listed company at Musselburgh last month - finishing runner-up to We Have A Dream. There should be plenty of room to progress here.

Gordon Elliott's MITCHOUKA has already chased home Espoir D’Allen twice at graded level in Ireland while SOLO SAXOPHONE won his first two starts over hurdles, showing a smart turn of foot on the run-in on each occasion..

NUBE NEGRA couldn’t have been any more impressive on his hurdling bow when taking apart the 130-rated Knight Destroyer at Market Rasen. He was beaten by Apple's Shakira then, but travelled so well and almost matched the classy mare at Cheltenham. Finally, he duly made light work of fairly weakish opposition at Doncaster last time out.

STYLE DE GARDE had already won over hurdles before coming to the UK so it was no surprise he bolted up on his British debut at Newbury. He was a little disappointing when turned over as the odds on favourite for the Chatteris Fen at Huntingdon sincethen.

LOOK MY WAY made the most of a good opportunity to get off the mark at Ludlow in January. No match for the impressive Apple’s Shakira last time as well as for Act Of Valour at Newcastle.

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MERCENAIRE has had three starts over hurdles. He won at Exeter on his debut by 25 lengths and then was last seen at the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle at Chepstow. He was 3rd to We Have A Dream that day.

Although beaten on his debut over hurdles at Fontwell, LISP caught the eye by the way he went through the race and, as expected, he made no mistake second time up at Plumpton. His most recent outing saw him finishing a creditable third in Victor Ludorum Hurdle at Haydock.

ESPRIT DE SOMOZA improved on a mediocre debut when scoring at Huntingdon two starts ago. He may be slightly flattered by that run and he was a shade below par at Taunton last time out.

EMBOLE was third to Act Of Valour on debut. Following that, he ran below when next tried at Huntingdon and absolutely bolted up in his most recent start at Wincanton, beating a Paul Nicholls odds-on favourite in the process.

THE KING OF MAY is a two-time Saint-Malo hurdles winner (2m good to soft). Finished 2¼L behind the runner up Act Of Valour, when beaten 6¾L in total by We Have A Dream on his UK debut at Musselburgh last month.

ERAGON DU CHANAY was beaten 22 lenghts when 3rd to Apple's Shakira on his last visit to Cheltenham in November, but back from a three month break to score by an eased 11 leghts on handicap bow at Sandown on Saturday. He has a 5lb penalty to carry.

There are a lot of others probable candidates - OXFORD BLUE, VENEER OF CHARM, GRAND SANCY, KNIGHT DESTROYER and CASA TALL above all.

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  • 5 of the last 6 winners have returned an SP of 25/1 or bigger
  • 6 of the last 10 winners had won in their last prep run before the festival.
  • 8 of the 13 winners of the contest were French bred horses
  • 9 of the last 13 winners had run just 3 times over hurdles before
  • Only 3 winners had run in a handicap hurdle before
  • 10 of the last 13 winners had run in the last 25 days
  • Out of thirteen renewals, 12 winning horses were rated between 124 and 134


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