Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips 2021 – Coltor looks the each-way bet in a wide open race

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 Hurdle Tips

The 4:15 race is the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle known to many as the Fred Winter. It’s a competitive affair as usual and plenty of horses will have been laid out for this contest. We have had plenty of shock winners over the recent years so don’t be afraid to chance one at a big price if one catches your eye.

The one for me here is COLTOR EW (8/1 with bet365) for the shrewd Dermot Weld. He had three flat runs for Weld last season, the first two he didn’t show much but Weld reached for the first time visor on his third and final flat start at Killarney where he bolted up. He has obviously gone hurdling this season and he’s he’s run three races improving with each start. He won last time out at Naas keeping on well but of course he still needs to step up significantly to win this.

However, Weld has waited for this to put the visor back for the first time over hurdles and if he shows similar progress to when the visor went on on the flat, he’s very well in here. He will also be suited by the likely better ground and Jonjo O’Neill Jnr is an interesting jockey booking.

Selection: COLTOR EW (8/1 with bet365)

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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