Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips 2021 – Cheltenham Festival Day 1 (4.50pm)

The Boodles Juvenile Hurdle has been moved to day 1, this is the race formerly known as the Fred Winter.

Since the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle was added to the Festival programme in 2005, trainers Gordon Elliott and Paul Nicholls have both saddled three winners apiece, so it is no surprise that Duffle Coat (16/1) and Hacker Des Places (16/1) feature prominently in the ante-post lists.


Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Odds

Saint Sam14/1bet365
Quilixios16/1William Hill
Heross Du Seuil16/1bet365
Duffle Coat16/1William Hill
Hacker des Places16/1William Hill
Houx Gris20/1bet365


Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Preview

Run over 2 miles and 87 yards on the Old Course at Cheltenham, the Grade Three Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, sponsored by Boodles, is often described as a ‘consolation’ race for the Grade One JCB Triumph Hurdle.

As such, the race traditionally attracts a maximum field of lightly-raced, unexposed four-year-olds, many of whom are making their handicap debut, and presents a thorny puzzle for punters to solve.

Indeed, the last ten runnings have produced winners at 40/1, 33/1 (three times) and 25/1 (twice), suggesting we need not be afraid to look beyond the market leaders for a likely winner.


Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Main Contenders

  • Adagio
  • Hacker Des Places
  • Teahupoo
  • Sage Advice
  • Talking About You



At the time of writing the favourite is David Pipe’s Adagio (12/1), who took his form to a new level when readily winning the Grade One Coral Finale Juvenile at Chepstow in January. He had previously been beaten 5 lengths by Duffle Coat, who was conceding 5lb, in the Grade Two JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham in November, but appears to have improved significantly in the interim. However, it is worth noting that both he and Duffle Coat, who is unbeaten in four starts over hurdles, hold entries in the JCB Triumph Hurdle later in the week.


Hacker Des Places

By contrast, French import Hacker Des Places does not. The son of Listed-winning hurdler Great Pretender was turned over at odds-on in a run-of-the-mill juvenile hurdle at Wincanton on his stable debut in October, but left that effort well behind when strolling home by 32 lengths, unchallenged, in a similar race at Wetherby over Christmas. Exactly what that form amounts to is, frankly, anyone’s guess, but he is in the right hands for a bold showing.



Of those at longer odds, the first one that catches the eye is Teahupoo (25/1) who, like Duffle Coat, is trained by Gordon Elliott and unbeaten over hurdles. He, too, is ex-French and took advantage of a last-flight fall by the Willie Mullins-trained Youmdor when making a winning debut for his new yard at Fairyhouse in January. However, he did beat Good Ball (25/1) by 1¼ lengths in a conditions hurdle at Auteil in October, on his sole start for previous trainer Gabriel Leenders, and Good Ball franked that form when winning an introductory hurdle at Newbury over Christmas on his debut for Paul Nicholls.


Sage Advice

The potentially aptly-named Sage Advice (25/1) won just once on the Flat for Co. Tipperary trainer Joseph Murphy, but made an immediate impact for new trainer Dr. Richard Newland when winning by 6 lengths, eased down, at Kempton in January. Again, that form is difficult to quantify, but his promising initial effort augurs well for his future as a hurdler.


Talking About You

Sean Curran’s filly Talking About You (33/1) is much more exposed, having already run nine times over hurdles. However, she appears to have found a jolt of improvement since undergoing wind surgery in October and has won three of her four starts since, including the last two has Listed level. She has risen 34lb in the weights as a result, but may not have finished improving just yet. Her experience should stand her in good stead.


Boodles Juvenile Hurdle Betting Tip

Unsurprisingly, it’s possible to make a plausible case for a dozen, or more, but for a token selection, we’re siding with Sage Advice, who jumped and quickened well on holding ground at Kempton and has been mooted as a possible runner in the Grade Two Adonis Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle back at the Sunbury-on-Thames track in late February.

EACH-WAY BET: Sage Advice (25/1 with Unibet)


Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Trends

  • Age – Race is for 4yo’s only.
  • Price – 2 of the last 12 favourites/joint favourites have won, 4/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting.
  • Weight – 9/12 winners weighed between 10st-6lb and 11st-5lb.
  • Last Run – 5/12 winners won on their last run before the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle, 10/12 winners had their last run within the last 32 days.
  • Previous Distance Form – 10/12 winners had at least 2 runs over 15-17 furlongs, 9/12 winners had at least 1 previous win over 15-17 furlongs.
  • Previous Hurdle Form – 12/12 winners had at least 3 previous runs over hurdles, 10/12 winners had at least 1 win over hurdles.
  • Rating – 9/12 winners were rated between 125 and 134.
  • Season Form – 10/12 winners had at least 3 runs that season, 10/12 winners had at least 1 win that season


Boodles Juvenile Hurdle Past Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Silk Affair Tom O’Brien Michael Quinlan
2010 Sanctuaire Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2011 What A Charm Paul Townend A L T Moore
2012 Une Artiste Jeremiah McGrath Nicky Henderson
2013 Flaxen Flare Davy Condon Gordon Elliott
2014 Hawk HIgh Brian Hughes Tim Easterby
2015 Qualando Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls
2016 Diego Du Charmil Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2017 Flying Tiger Richard Johnson Nick Williams
2018 Veneer Of Charm Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
2019 Band Of Outlaws J J Slevin Joseph O’Brien
2020 Aramax Mark Walsh Gordon Elliott


2021 Cheltenham Festival Tips