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 2022 winner was Brazil (10/1) by a short-head over favorite Gaelic Warrior. Find here a complete 2023 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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FRED WINTER HANDICAP HURDLE BETTING PREVIEWThe 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.
And now we take a closer look at this year's Fred Winter Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle in the coming days and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle 2023?
JP Mac Manus' TEKAO is the antepost favorite. Trained by Willie Mullins, this horse won at Leopardstown over Christmas and finished a credible third at the Dublin Racing Festival to stablemate Gala Marceau.
The same connections also have RISK BELLE, who fell on his handicap debut at Leopardstown at the fifth off of a feather weight.
NUSRET produced a career-best last time out at Kempton in the Grade Two Adonis Juvenile Hurdle. O'Brien also ran him in the Grade Two Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle on just his second start over hurdles, where he managed to finish 3rd of 11. He has an interesting mark of 131.
Andrew Slattery's SIR ALLEN was only six lengths behind Triumph Hurdle hopeful Blood Destiny in December and won his last two starts at Punchestown and Naas. We expecte him to be a contender here as well as Charlie Byrnes' BYKER who also won at Naas prior to chasing home the aforementioned Sir Allen to just under two lengths at Naas.
PERSEUS WAY caught the eye when running out a very impressive winner of the feature Weatherbys Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle. Prior to that, he also ran well at Chepstow. He has now had five starts over hurdles and remains progressive.
Dark Horses?COMMON PRACTICE won at Galway on his third start over hurdles in October. Since then, he has gone on to run decent races behind Lossiemouth and Blood Destiny, and was badly hampered by a faller at the Dublin Racing Festival.
ZANNDABAD showed a good level of ability in eleven starts on the flat in France and was bought for €240,000 by Tony Martin soon after after a 3rd place in a Listed race at Lyon. He made an eyecatching hurdling debut at Leopardstown over the Christmas period and was well backed for his second outing at Naas where only a bad mistake at 4 out cost him a probable success. He was well beaten on his third and latest run at Gowran on testing ground but he clearly has a good potential.
METAMORPHEUS is another decent each-way option. His three efforts in novice company have rendered a win and two further decent efforts. He looks well-weighted and has plenty of room for progression.
At the moment, the most backed horses are the following:
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FRED WINTER HANDICAP HURDLE TRENDS
- Only 1 of the last 12 winners were favourites/joint favourites
- Only 1 of the 18 winners were the top weight
- 7 of the last 11 winners had an SP of 25/1 or more
- 10 of the last 15 winners came into the Fred Winter after a top 4 finish
- 13 of the last 15 winners have been bred either in France or Ireland
- 11 of the past 17 winners had run in the previous 25 days
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2023 BOODLES HANDICAP HURDLE FAQs
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 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 14, 2023 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 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £80,000.
Who won the Boodles Handicap Hurdle last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Brazil at SP of 10/1, trained by Padraig Roche and ridden by Mark Walsh.
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?
Only Mark Walsh has won the race more than once in the last 10 years landing the 2022 and 2020 renewals.
Who is the leading trainer in the Boodles Handicap Hurdle?
Paul Nicholls has trained three winners in the race, courtesy of Sanctuaire (2010), Qualando (2015) and Diego Du Charmil (2016). Gordon Elliott has won two of the last five editions and three in all. It is one of the few Cheltenham Festival races that Willie Mullins has yet to win.