Boodles Handicap Hurdle Tips - 4:50pm Cheltenham

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The Boodles ‘Fred Winter’ is one of only two races for the 4yo juveniles at the Festival and this contest is for those not thought good enough to run in the Triumph Hurdle. It has become a very tricky race for the punters with more than half of the 15 renewals going to horses priced at 20/1 and above so maybe we are looking for something that has not shown their hand to the handicapper as yet.

Owner JP McManus took the prize last year with Band Of Outlaws trained by Joseph O’Brien, the owner has a good chance with Aramax trained by Gordon Elliott. He disappointed on debut at Leopardstown on Boxing Day but then showed much better form next time at Fairyhouse where he was third to Wolf Prince. He then went to Naas where he needed a big performance to warrant his chance here and he delivered by beating Recent Revelations by 8 lengths. He’s been given a mark of 138 here and that looks fair enough.

Elliott has won this race twice before and saddles another ex-French youngster in Saint D’oroux who is owned by the double green partnership of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. This horse was a beaten favourite in two of his first three starts and then got off the mark finally at Gowran Park last time. He certainly put it all together that day as he won by 24 lengths and could be well handicapped on 133.

Tronador is the third runner for Elliott and crreps into the race with a mark of just 129. He was nothing special on the flat and started off over hurdles with a respectable 4th of 22 at Leopardstown. He won next time at Thurles and then was only third when stepped up in class when last seen at Navan in January. This will be his first handicap so has possibilities in an open contest.

The JP bandwagon rolls on with another decent chance in the shape of Mick Pastor who is the leading hope for Paul Nicholls. The Ditcheat handler has a good record in this race and usually aims one of his young French recruits at it and this horse fits the bill.

He won on hurdling debut at Auteuil last May and made his British debut here at Cheltenham in November. He was well backed that day but could only finish 6th to Allmankind, that form looks a bit better now. Last time out at Ludlow he absolutely bolted up in the style of a decent horse so running here off 140 is an opportunity connections must be looking forward to.

Nicholls also has Thyme White in the line-up, he runs in the popular colours of the Stewart Family as worn by Big Bucks for all of those Festival victories. He was second on his first two starts and then showed improved form at Musselburgh last time out, the application of a hood looks to have done the trick and gets in here off a light weight.

Nicky Henderson has yet to win the Fred Winter but has a bright chance this year with Palladium. He was a moderate flat horse with Martin Meade but has shown his future may be over obstacles after two victories at Sandown this year.

After a second at Warwick he showed he had learned from that experience when winning by 11 lengths next time out. On his last run he beat a decent Paul Nicholls horse by 10 lengths and that has put him firmly in the picture here.

One of the most experienced runners in the line-up is Repetitio, trained by Nigel Hawke this gelding started out over hurdles back in July at Newton Abbot. He has now run seven times, winning twice and has some decent form in the book.

Repetitio slightly bucks the trend of a race like this as most of the fancied runners are unexposed types that may be ahead of the handicapper, he is what he is and could go well at a price.

David Pipe has a nice type in Night Edition, he was a winner in France during the summer and was a respectable 4th on his UK debut at Taunton. Next time out he showed the benefit of that outing by showing much improved form to finish second in a Grade 2 here at Cheltenham. That wasn’t the strongest of races for the grade but was a still a big step forward.

Last time out he opened his account over hurdles by winning with something in hand at Ludlow, the winning margin was only half a length but you got the feeling it could have been more. The handicapper couldn’t do much and he gets in here off 133.

Dan Skelton has plenty of juvenile hurdlers and he saddles Langer Dan. He opened up with a victory at Ludlow back in October and then followed up at Wetherby in the Wensleydale Hurdle. Since then he has finished second here at Cheltenham and also last time out at Ludlow and the form is pretty solid overall.

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