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Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

16:50 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-15

Winner: £45016

Runners: 21

Going: Good To Soft

No. of hurdles: 8

Distance: 2m0f87y

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The Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle restricted to four-year-old juvenile hurdlers. It provides trainers with an alternative to the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle, the other race at the Cheltenham Festival restricted to four-year-old hurdlers. The race is better known as the Fred Winter, in honor of the legendary trainer.

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19(0)
114
silk
Too Friendly

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J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
4
10-11
125
137
Fairly useful 1m2f Flat winner in these colours; hit the ground running over hurdles in winning his first two (on good to soft) and it was a strong Grade 2 in which he finished fourth at Doncaster, despite a refusal to settle; had wind surgery during his subsequent 94-day absence and this race could suit his style if smothered in the pack; by no means dismissed.
7(0)
211
silk
Bell Ex One

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J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
4
11-2
130
131
Had plenty of runs on the Flat (winning twice, fair form) before picking up two early-season juvenile hurdles in Ireland last year; then joined these connections for £110,000; heart seems in the right place but there's limited evidence in his form under either code to suggest that he's well handicapped; new trainer, who has an excellent record in this race, fits blinkers (cheekpieces worked well on the Flat); appears to have no ground preferences.
3(0)
6541
silk
Brazil

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J: Mark Walsh
T: Padraig Roche
4
11-9
137
139
Heavy-ground winner on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien; a slow burner over hurdles but there were encouraging signs when fourth to The Tide Turns at Punchestown and he then won as he liked at Naas (soft; Ebasari and Feigh behind); doesn't look thrown in for his handicap debut but there's momentum building; soft ground seems ideal for him.
10(0)
321
silk
HMS Seahorse

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J: B J Cooper
T: Paul Nolan
4
11-0
128
139
Fairly useful form without winning in five Flat runs for Aidan O'Brien; couldn't cope with two live Triumph contenders at Punchestown on his first run over hurdles but he has a 9lb pull with The Tide Turns on their clash there in January and he then got the job done without any great fuss at Fairyhouse (odds-on; soft); the potential is there to threaten them all off this mark and conditions will be fine.
9(0)
513133
silk
White Pepper

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J: L P Dempsey
T: Gavin Cromwell
4
11-0
128
137
1-14 on the Flat and 2-6 over hurdles; has interlinking form with a few of her compatriots and she's closely matched with Prairie Dancer on their recent placed efforts in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse; her improvement does appear to have plateaued and she has perhaps shown her hand more than others; has regularly worn this headgear.
22(0)
1182
silk
Skycutter

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J: Thomas Dowson
T: Philip Kirby
4
10-8
122
138
Has some eyecatching Flat form, including a fourth in the always-competitive 1m4f November Handicap; the winner of two minor events over hurdles (odds-on for both) before coming up well short in stronger company (hooded last time); has no specific ground requirements but probably placed at best if he's lucky.
6(0)
134
silk
Britzka

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J: Robbie Power
T: Gordon Elliott
4
11-2
130
135
11-race maiden on the Flat for different connections; soon off the mark over hurdles at Fairyhouse (yielding to soft) and held his own for a long way in a Grade 2 next time, only then to disappoint behind White Pepper back at Fairyhouse; blinkers and wind surgery may help matters but he'll need his best yet by some margin.
11(0)
2632
silk
Prairie Dancer

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J: J J Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
4
10-12
126
143
One of the most talented of these on the Flat having recorded RPR of 90; beaten in three maidens over hurdles before posting his best form yet in edging out White Pepper for second behind a class act in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (soft); his strong finishing effort that day suggests this test might suit him down to the ground; return of blinkers probably no bad thing either (fitted for both Flat wins).
2(0)
144
silk
The Tide Turns

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J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
4
11-9
137
143
Won two run-of-the-mill 1m4f AW handicaps when with Sir Mark Prescott; ridden out to beat HMS Seahorse (who is now 9lb better off) by just under 3l on hurdling debut on soft ground at Punchestown and has rather predictably come up short behind top-notchers in his two runs since; whether he's as well handicapped as some is open to debate; wears a first-time tongue-tie.
16(0)
2212
silk
Sea Sessions

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J: Jonathan Burke
T: Ross O'Sullivan
4
10-11
125
134
Has progressed since beaten by Bell Ex One in October and, after winning a Listed race for mares at Aintree (soft), she only narrowly failed to follow up in another on good ground at Doncaster; should give her running once more but needs to improve.
4(0)
48512
silk
Doctor Churchill

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J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
4
11-5
133
135
Won over 7f/1m at an ordinary level on the Flat; beat a below-par Champion Green on heavy ground at Limerick for his only hurdle win, before coming up just short in a run-of-the-mill handicap at Punchestown (yielding); that form doesn't look anywhere near good enough for this and not sure how much improvement he has in him.
20(0)
133
silk
Forever William

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J: Tom Cannon
T: Alan King
4
10-11
125
138
Limitations exposed in Graded company since a winning start over hurdles at Newbury but he has a similar chance to Saint Segal on their Chepstow form in December and he wasn't the only one to look ordinary here last time behind Triumph hope Pied Piper; stayed well on the Flat and this should be run to suit him; goes on all ground; tries a visor.
5(0)
163
silk
Ebasari

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J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
4
11-3
131
133
Couldn't win for a leading Flat stable; beat his 21 rivals in a heavy-ground maiden hurdle at Cork but has found no further improvement and there's no obvious reason why he should be reversing latest Naas placings with Brazil, even with a pull in the weights; cheekpieces join the regular tongue-tie.
15(0)
42P1
silk
Champion Green

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J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
4
10-11
125
140
Useful Flat winner at 1m1f; the saddle slipped when pulled up on his first start in a hood and, with the tongue-tie added, he jumped well out in front en route to a comfortable maiden success at Naas (good to yielding); probably doesn't have to lead and it's easy to see him producing his best form yet over hurdles off what's probably a good mark; shortlisted.
21(0)
331
silk
Swinging London

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J: Aidan Coleman
T: Olly Murphy
4
10-10
124
138
0-7 on the Flat in France; had two runs over hurdles in Ireland, finishing close up behind Iberique Du Seuil on second occasion; won easily on his British debut at Fakenham, as he was entitled to at odds-on; his form claims don't exactly leap off the page; tongue tied for the first time; effective on good and soft ground.
8(0)
6-33
silk
Gaelic Warrior

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J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
4
11-1
129
145
Classy Flat pedigree; beaten three times over hurdles at Auteuil (1m7f, very soft/heavy) but in the last two he held his own with horses who have progressed to much better things, including a wide-margin Grade 1 winner; would not have looked out of place in the Triumph (had the entry) and there's a strong suspicion that he is hurled in off this mark.
18(0)
42344
silk
Doctor Brown Bear

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J: Darragh O'Keeffe
T: Martin Brassil
4
10-11
125
136
Seven-race maiden for Brendan Duke; had Brazil and Prairie Dancer behind when fourth in his latest maiden at Leopardstown (yielding to soft) but he did sit handy off modest fractions and may have been a tad flattered; always a big ask to shed maiden status at this meeting and others are more intriguing; new trainer tries a tongue-tie.
12(0)
17324
silk
Feigh

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J: Danny Mullins
T: W P Mullins
4
10-12
126
136
Odds-on winner of a Killarney maiden hurdle (yielding) in August first time out but has had her limitations exposed in four subsequent defeats and reversing a 17l deficit with Brazil from their recent Naas clash is asking a lot of her.
NR(0)
111
silk
Petit Tonnerre

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T: Jonjo O'Neill
4
11-10
138
134
Won both his hurdle races in France and readily repelled his only two rivals on British debut in a handicap at Market Rasen; the runner-up had won only a selling handicap there at Christmas, so the form is nothing to get giddy about, and he looks to have a draconian mark based on his bare achievements; winning form is on soft or very soft.
13(0)
22213
silk
Iberique Du Seuil

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J: Denis O'Regan
T: Gordon Elliott
4
10-12
126
136
Entitled to win a Cork maiden at odds-on in December and has twice been put in his place by the filly White Pepper; might struggle again to beat that rival and has plenty of others to worry about; looks down the pecking order in the Elliott camp.
17(0)
333
silk
Milldam

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J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Jamie Snowden
4
10-11
125
131
Makes British debut after three defeats over hurdles in France, where there were positives to take out of all his runs (on very soft and heavy); changed hands for 145,000euros in November; almost certainly needs to step up again and this could be one big culture shock.
14(0)
121
silk
Saint Segal

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J: Chester Williams
T: Mrs Jane Williams
4
10-12
126
139
The winner of two minor hurdle races on good to soft but best judged on his second to Triumph contender Porticello in Chepstow's Grade 1 over Christmas (soft); travelled through that race like a smart one and no doubt he has better days ahead of him; now tongue tied; very much considered.

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HMS Seahorse
The ex-French Gaelic Warrior has long been the talk of the town for this race and his French form does stack up impressively, so he could quite easily make a mockery of this initial handicap mark. However, there is no shortage of alternatives at bigger odds and the nicely progressive HMS SEAHORSE is intriguingly Paul Nolan's first runner in this since he took the inaugural running in 2005. Champion Green is another Irish contender who looks on a competitive mark. The best of the British may be Saint Segal and Too Friendly.

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