Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips & Odds 2018

16.50 The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race

The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle race is often seen as the consolation Cheltenham Festival race for the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle and in many ways it is, because it provides a perfect platform for juvenile hurdlers who’re not quite up to Grade 1 class but still of a very good ability.

The handicapper assigns them a mark based on their build up runs and the highest rated will make this race. In 2017, Richard Johnson rode 33/1 shot Flying Tiger to victory, beating the much better fancied Divine Bere in a real turn up for the books.

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It is an extremely tough race to win and to even hit the frame, demanding a round of perfect jumping, speed and more than a bit of luck.

Main Players

A lot will depend on how these juveniles develop at home in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Ladies Day 2018, but there are a few key names forming around the Fred Winter in mid-January.

The best of those could be Nicky Henderson’s We Have A Dream, a French import with experience over the water and who has transitioned to UK hurdling seamlessly. He tops the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap betting market at 8/1.

Irish raider Mitchouka also catches the eye at 25/1 on the back of a good win at Fairyhouse in January, while the Paul Nicholls trained Act Of Valor is worth forgiving a poor run and could yet develop into a fancied runner here. Currently, he is 33/1 in the Cheltenham betting market.

Latest Fred Winter Betting Odds

  • We Have A Dream – 8/1
  • Veneer Of Charm – 16/1
  • Farclas – 20/1
  • Style De Garde – 20/1
  • Mitchouka – 25/1
  • Gumball – 33/1
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