StevieDay1983 Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 Formerly known as the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and as the name suggests is for four year olds only which usually attract those that are not quite good enough to contest the Triumph Hurdle. Ex French horses have a very good record in the race winning 9 of the last 18 renewals. 6 of the last 12 ran in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 earlier in the season. Trainer’s Paul Nicholls and Gordon Elliott have the best record in the race with three wins a piece in the last decade. A maximum field of 22 are likely to face the starter. The last eleven years have seen some big priced winners at 25/1 (twice), 33/1 (three times), 40/1 and 80/1. Last years winner Brazil foiled a gamble on the Willie Mullins runner Gaelic Warrior. Willie Mullins has only entered a brace of runners here in the JP owned Risk Belle who fell on his handicap debut at Leopardstown at the fifth off of a feather weight and the similarly JP owned Tekao, a Leopardstown winner over Christmas prior to a credible third at the Dublin Racing Festival to stablemate Gala Marceau. The latter looks the pick of the pair and is the one to beat. A less known Irish trainer Andrew Slattery has a nice juvenile in Sir Allen who’s won his last two starts at Punchestown and Naas and has a chance. Charlie Byrnes has entered Byker who won at Naas prior to chasing home the aforementioned Sir Allen to just under two lengths at Naas. There shouldn’t much between that pair though whether that would be good enough to win this only time will tell. Splitting that pair that day was the Thomas Mullins trained Morning Soldier who should be right there with them on the form book. The double green silks will be carried by Joseph O’Brien’s Nusret who came over to Kempton and took the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle in late February from Gary Moore’s Perseus Way. That was a decent effort and he can be competitive here. The runner up was giving 3lb to Nusret and was hampered by a faller three out so there shouldn’t be that much between them. Gary Moore also has Bo Zenith entered, who has the option of running in the Triumph Hurdle as well. He came from France with a big reputation but for some reason bombed out on his British debut at Sandown when a big odds on chance at the turn of the year but showed what he was all about when a comfortable winner of the Victor Ludorum at Haydock a month later. Ex French trained horses have a very good record in this race so a close eye should be kept on the Venetia Williams trained Jolly Nellerie who’s joined her from France having already won over there. Emmet Mullins has McTigue entered who will run in a valuable Kelso handicap hurdle prior to a tilt at a race here (he’s also entered in the Coral Cup and Triumph Hurdle). Mullins pulled off the double with The Shunter a couple of years ago so a close eye must be kept on him. The Skelton’s may run Punta Del Este who showed up well on his British debut when third to Bo Zenith at Haydock and should come forward for that effort. As always a very tight knit and open juvenile handicap hurdle. The Irish have easily the best four year old hurdlers this season and this may go Willie Mullins’ Tekao for owner JP McManus who ran third in one of the best juvenile hurdles in Ireland this season and may outclass these. Punters Lounge Tip: Tekao 4/1 NR NB at >Betfred - Click Here To Bet by The Brigadier Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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