Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2020 - DAY 2)

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The Fred Winter 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. The Joseph O'Brien-trained Band Of Outlaws justified favouritism to win the race in 2019. Find here a complete 2020 Boodles 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 (or Boodles Handicap Hurdle) and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

ARAMAX has improved run to run in three starts since arriving from Macaire in France, and could be very well handicapped now making his debut in this sphere.

MICK PASTOR was hugely impressive over at Auteuil and it’s that win that marks him out as a real potential star. Then the Paul Nicholls' charge fluffed his lines when 5/2 favourite for a Grade 2 Triumph Hurdle trial at Cheltenham with his trainer saying that he choked in the very soft ground.

PALLADIUM, trained by Nicky Henderson, was beaten a short-head on jumps debut but managed to beat three rivals by 11 lenghts on his subsequent start. On his last run he beat a decent Paul Nicholls horse by 10 lengths and that has put him firmly in the picture here.

REPETITIO has run seven times, winning twice and has some decent form in the book. Anyway, he hasn’t been seen since beating his elders in a handicap over course-and-distance in December.

TRONADOR was sent off at 66/1 for a big-field Leopardstown maiden hurdle on his stable debut over Christmas. Hee was a fast-finishing fourth after being hampered and he duly hacked up at Thurles after that. His qualifying run, last time out at Navan, wasn’t a step forward.

THYME WHITE was absolutely no match for Goshen when too keen for his own good at Musselburgh, where he finished second on his debut for Paul Nicholls. He was close to win his next outing - a juvenile hurdle at Kempton

BLACKO, trained by Alan King, placed on both his starts over hurdles in France. Then he ran out a comfortable winner on both of his outings on British soil, claiming a couple of snug wins at Taunton and Warwick.

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LANGER DAN was two from two before bumping into Botox Has in the Triumph Hurdle trial. In that race, Dan Skelton's charge handled the track well in finished second.

NIGHT EDITION was a winner in France during the summer and was a respectable 4th on his UK debut at Taunton. He finished second in a Grade 2 here at Cheltenham on his next outing. Last time out he opened his account over hurdles by winning with something in hand at Ludlow.

BAJAN EXCELL got off the mark over hurdles on Boxing Day, scooting clear of future two-time winner, Instant Replay in eye-catching fashion. Mark Walsh’s mount earned a place at Thurles, before carrying 11-11 to victory in good style at Limerick. He struggled a little in Grade Three company last time out.

GALAHAD QUEST failed to meet market expectations on debut but has looked a different proposition in 2 subsequent start. He beat subsequent Ludlow winner Night Edition and Gerolamo Cardano in a Grade 2 Triumph trial earlier here at Cheltenham in January.

ZOFFEE is a previous winner on the Flat for Tom Dascombe and made it third time lucky in this sphere from the front at Doncaster last month, when he beat Isolate by 11 lenghts.

SAINT D'OROUX was a beaten favourite in two of his first three starts and then got off the mark finally at Gowran Park - by a whopping 24 lenghts - last time out.

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  • Only 2 of the last 12 favourites/joint favourites have won the race
  • 3 of the last 12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
  • 10 of the last 10 winners had never run at Cheltenham before
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  • 12 of the last 12 winners had at least 3 previous runs over hurdles
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What time is the Boodles Handicap Hurdle?

The Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle (renamed Boodles Juvenile Hurdle this year) is the 6th race run on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Wednesday March 11, 2020 and the official starting time is 4:50pm.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Boodles Handicap Hurdle?

There are 8 obstacles to jump for the Boodles Handicap Hurdle runners

What is the distance of the Boodles Handicap Hurdle?

The Boodles Handicap Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles and 87 yards

What is the prize money for the Boodles Handicap Hurdle?

The total prize money on offer for the Boodles Handicap Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £80,000.

Who won the Boodles Handicap Hurdle last year?

Last year's renewal was won by Band Of Outlaws at SP of 7/2, trained by Joseph O'Brien and ridden by JJ Slevin.

What weights are carried for the Boodles Handicap Hurdle?

Top weight – 11st 10lbs down to the bottom weight – 10st

Who is the leading jockey in the Boodles Handicap Hurdle?

No jockey has won the race more than once in the last 10 years

Who is the leading trainer in the Boodles Handicap Hurdle?

Paul Nicholls has saddled three winners and six placed horses from 19 runners in the past 10 years.
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