Boodles Juvenile Hurdle Odds 2023

Jeff-Kidder-at the boodles juvenile hurdle

Jeff Kidder ridden by jockey Sean Flanagan wins the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Boodles Juvenile Hurdle is a two mile race restricted to four-year-olds on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. It was previously known as the Fred Winter in memory one of the great figures of National Hunt racing. Winter rode and trained the winners of both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle among his 17 festival wins as a jockey and 28 as a trainer.

From a punters point of view, this is about as tough as it gets at the Cheltenham Festival. The only winning favourite in the last eleven seasons was Band Of Outlaws in 2019. The average SP of the winning horse in Boodles Juvenile Hurdle odds during that period has been a staggering 27-1! These include 2021 winner Jeff Kidder at 80-1 and 2012 winner Une Artiste at 40-1.

Boodles Juvenile Hurdle Odds and Entries 2023

The Boodles Juvenile Hurdle was introduced to provide an opportunity at the Cheltenham Festival for juveniles that fell short of Triumph Hurdle standard. The handicapper has the unenviable task of assessing four-year-olds with very little form to go on and the punter has found it equally taxing.

There are fifty entries this year, many of which still hold a Triumph Hurdle entry such as Fil Dor and Knight Salute. Willie Mullins has four entries including Triumph entry Icare Allen and ante-post favourite Gaelic Warrior. The latter is yet to race since joining Mullins from France so it is quite extraordinary to see him as short as he is in the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle betting odds.

Gordon Elliott has six entries with The Tide Turns currently second favourite after finishing behind Champion Hurdle hope Teahupoo at Gowran Park. Joseph O’Brien’s Champion Green has been prominent in the betting all season and got off the mark at the fourth attempt at Naas in January. He is one of numerous entries in the colours of JP McManus.

Another to catch the eye in the famous green and gold colours is Brazil, a 13 lengths winner at Naas in February. He is trained by Padraig Roche and had previously finished fourth to The Tide Turns at level weights. The leading British hope could be Saint Segal, runner-up to the smart Porticello at Chepstow before winning comfortably at Warwick.

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Gaelic Warrior 100-30

The Tide Turns 11-2

Fil Dor 7-1

Brazil 9-1

Champion Green 9-1

Icare Allen 10-1

Britzka 12-1

Ebasari 12-1

Hms Seahorse 12-1

Saint Segal 14-1

Knight Salute 16-1

Bell Ex One 20-1

Doctor Brown Bear 20-1

Lunar Power 20-1

Petit Tonnerre 20-1

Prairie Dancer 20-1

Too Friendly 20-1

Celestial Horizon 25-1

Dr T J Eckleburg 25-1

Forever Blessed 25-1

Forever William 25-1

Graystone 25-1

Iberique Du Seuil 25-1

Impulsive One 25-1

Boodles Juvenile Hurdle News

The ante-post gamble on Gaelic Warrior may have left form students perplexed but the fact that he is trained by Willie Mullins suggests that there is some substance behind it. The horse has raced exclusively at Auteuil in France, finished placed in two of his three races. The form of his last run has worked out particularly well in his native country, with runners going to win Grade 1 and Grade 2 races.

Saint Segal would be a very popular winner for the Devon-based Jane Williams stable. The gelding has been ridden by her son Chester and has gradually learned to settle after pulling hard in his races. The horse is owned by a local syndicate who clubbed together to buy the horse before Williams had even advertised him. He is currently 14-1 in the Boodles Juvenile Hurdle odds.

Hms Seahorse is one of many to still hold a Triumph Hurdle entry. He is a son of Galileo trained by Paul Nolan and his form ties in with The Tide Turns. He finished two and three-quarter lengths behind that horse at Punchestown in January. He then got off the mark in workmanlike fashion at Fairyhouse.

Dr T J Eckleburg was runner-up to another Boodles entry in Forever William on his debut for Olly Murphy at Newbury. He has since won at Ludlow and Taunton while Forever William has been placed behind Triumph Hurdle bound Porticello and Pied Piper. Paul Nicholls is joint-leading trainer in the history of this race with Gordon Elliott on three winners. He has only one remaining entry in Bell Ex One, a recent addition to the yard from Ireland.

Joseph O’Brien’s first Cheltenham Festival success came with the well-backed Band Of Outlaws in 2019. He trains Champion Green who was well supported in the ante-post Boodles Juvenile Hurdle odds before Christmas. He should get in with a nice weight and the stable also has Prairie Dancer and Celestial Horizon among the entries.