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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.
Who will win the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle 2021?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 in this race.
SAINT SAM won twice over hurdles in France and arrived to Mullins’s yard with a big reputation. Anyway, on his debut in Ireland, he was no match for Zanahiyr, finishing a 14 lengths runner-up. He has shown gradual improvement from run-to-run, especially when he stuck to his guns once headed by Quilixios in the Spring Juvenile at Leopardstown earlier this month,
HOUX GRIS was a bumper winner in France and won on his second hurdles start there too. He was pitched straight into Grade 1 company for his debut for Nicholls in the Finale Hurdle and shaped far better than a 23-length third suggests.
BUSSELTON finished ahead of Saint Sam when second in the Knight Frank at Christmas and can't be overlooked while COLTOR broke his maiden at the third of asking at Naas last month. His hurdles debut had seen him finish second to the hugely exciting French Aseel.
NASSALAM created a deep impression when winning a couple of weak races at Fontwell in deep ground earlier in the season. He has come unstuck twice recently, but was far from disgraced behind the high class Monmiral at Haydock last time out.
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CABOT CLIFFS has really taken off since he was third behind Duffle Coat in a Listed race at Wetherby. He was behind Duffle Coat again when fourth at Cheltenham then beat Sage Advice at Warwick and absolutely bolted up ahead of Heross Du Seuil a few weeks ago.
RIVIERE D'ETEL was second on hurdles debut in France at Listed level and bolted up on hurdles debut at Punchestown. She was third behind Thedevilscoachman, beaten three-and-a-half lengths, in a rated novice at Navan in late January.
BALKO SAINT was second on first two hurdles starts, which is no form to write home about, but he then finished third in a Grade 3 at Cheltenham beaten nine lengths by Duffle Coat and Adagio.
SAGE ADVICE made an immediate impact for new trainer Dr. Richard Newland when winning by 6 lengths, eased down, at Kempton in January while Alan King’s HER INDOORS won of a Listed fillies’ contest at Doncaster and could be in the mix.
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FRED WINTER HANDICAP HURDLE TRENDS
- Only 2 of the last 12 favourites/joint favourites have won
- 6 of the last 9 winners returned between 25/1 and 40/1
- 5 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle
- 10 of the last 12 winners had their last run within the last 32 days.
- 10 of the last 12 winners had won at least 1 time over hurdles
- 12 of the last 16 winners were rated between 124-134