16:50 Cheltenham Wed 13 March 2019
- Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered As The Fred Winter) (Grade 3) (Class 1)
- 2m 87y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
- 21 Runners
- Surface: Turf
French recruit for this yard who made an impressive start to his career in the UK with two wins at Sandown either side of new year. Better than what he showed last time when keen (also made jumping errors) and not one to put a line through.
Ran well behind stablemate here in the Triumph trial, staying on well from a long way back. Tough to gauge whether he's well-handicapped from this mark but the nature of this race should suit his running style and one to note in the market.
Useful on the Flat and has looked progressive over hurdles to date, winning with plenty in hand at Naas last time. The form from that six-runner affair unlikely to be the strongest around but clearly going the right way.
Made it four wins from five starts over hurdles at Wetherby (Listed) and not disgraced here in his follow up bid but his two subsequent runs have to be a concern, last at Doncaster before finishing a well beaten favourite at Lingfield on the Flat.
Made a hugely promising start for this yard wining three of his first four before finding only one too good in a Leopardstown Grade 2. Seemingly put in his place in a stronger race last time and has work to do from this mark. Wind op since last run.
French raider who has won two of her last three starts, most notably a Listed race at Pau last time. Hard to imagine she's well handicapped from this handicap mark but any rain would enhance her chance.
Kept on gamely when winning a 20 runner Punchestown 3yo hurdle in November but the runner-up reversed the form next time out and she's struggled upped in class since. Has plenty to prove.
Seemed unlucky to fall at Chepstow on yard debut and gained compensation at Exeter next time. Ran well here when second last time out in a Triumph trial but the form has been let down since.
Useful on the Flat and looked good when winning for the second time over hurdles at Newbury. Ran okay here on trials day but Fine Brunello finished a fair way in front of him and he's only 4lb better off at the weights here; others preferred.
Has been campaigned in France to date, perhaps a suggestion he wants testing conditions but couldn't back up a handicap win at Compiegne when tailed off at Auteuil subsequently. Any market support is worth noting.
Won well on his sole start in France and improved from yard debut when third behind Band Of Outlaws at Naas. Needs plenty more to reverse that form alone.
Produced an eye-catching third on debut for this yard and has made no mistake in two subsequent runs with the front two pulling a long way clear at Doncaster last time. Unproved on this ground but his game attitude will hold him in good stead.
A winner in France and has run well in both starts for this yard, though no match for the winner at Newbury last time. A big field may help him settle better though and rates as the type to improve.
A winner in France and while he was pulled up here on trials day/yard debut, he produced a much better run when third at Wincanton last time. Form of that has been let down since but yard are flying and may improve. Wears first-time tongue-tie.
Ran only okay in three starts in France but he's an interesting recruit for this yard. Handicapper wouldn't appear to have taken any chances with his opening handicap mark.
Won his first two runs for Ger Lyons and achieved a decent level of form on the Flat. His placed efforts in maiden hurdles need improving on but his racecourse experience is a bonus in a race such as this and could go well in first-time cheekpieces.
Achieved a fair level of form on the Flat in Germany and he's improved with each start over hurdles, winning well at Gowran last time out (well on top at the finish). Handicapper has given him a stiff test here though.
Has run with credit on each of his three starts over hurdles including when a close third in Grade 2 class last time out. 4lb rise fair but unlikely to want any more rain given his sire.
A winner in France and put up a fair effort in defeat on yard debut in Grade 2 class at Leopardstown on yard debut. Hasn't built on that since though and Walsh prefers Ciel De Neige. Wears first-time tongue-tie.
Won his latest Flat start when officially rated 75 and has made an encouraging start for this yard, though found out to some extent when upped in class last time. May struggle on that evidence from this mark.
Looked limited on the Flat but won on debut for this yard at Wetherby. Hasn't really built on that subsequently though and needs wind operation to bring about mark marked improvement.
Last Year's Winner
|Veneer Of Charm||4||11-0||33/1|
|T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy|
Band of Outlaws (7/2), Star Max (8/1), Ciel De Neige (17/2), Lethal Steps (9/1), Fanfan Du Seuil (12/1), Coko Beach (14/1), Torpillo (14/1), Fine Brunello (14/1), Dogon (14/1), Praeceps (16/1), La Sorelita (16/1), Beat The Judge (16/1), Naturelle (20/1), Got Trumped (20/1), King D'Argent (25/1), Our Power (25/1), Chief Justice (25/1), Oi The Clubb Oi's (33/1), Prabeni (40/1), Cracker Factory (50/1), Zizaneur (50/1), Fox Pro (50/1)
- Lethal Steps
- Fine Brunello
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