Boodles Juvenile Handicap Tips

  • 14/03/2023
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This Boodles Juvenile Handicap tips preview sees our racing betting experts examine the field for the 2023 renewal. We look at some of the history and focus on the current edition from a betting perspective.

There will be plenty of Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips to come once the final declarations for this year’s race have been made. Our tipsters will deliver the best insights into the juvenile novices’ contest.

At last year’s Cheltenham Festival, Brazil was ridden to success by jockey Mark Walsh for trainer Padraig Roche. Our Boodles juvenile racing tips 2023 look at who could be next.

Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

It’s natural to gravitate towards the head of the market for Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle betting, but it’s always interesting to look deeper. Longer-priced underdogs do have their day, and you don’t even have to go back far to see that.

In the 2017 edition, Flying Tiger upset the field by defying 33/1 odds as jockey Richard Johnson drove him to the line to win by a neck ahead of the 9/2F Divin Bere.

Remarkably, the following year, there was another 33/1 winner as Veneer Of Charm won by a comfortable three lengths. But in the 2021 edition, one of the most underrated outsiders in Boodles juvenile handicap betting history stormed the field.

After opening at 66/1, Jeff Kidder crossed the line to take a two-length victory at an 80/1 SP. There were only three other horses in the 22-runner field at a bigger SP. To boot, third-placed finisher Elham Valley was at 66/1.

Last year saw another double-figure odds winner, but not quite to the same level as the 2021 winner Jeff Kidder. 10/1 shot Brazil judged edged out Gaelic Warrior in a thrilling finish.

As part of our Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips betting tips, we look at some of the longer-priced options in the 2023 field.

A look at this year’s underdogs will be available closer to the race.

2023 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Runners + Odds – Tuesday 14th March 4:50

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Mark Walsh
T: Willie Mullins


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Philip Byrnes (5)
T: Charles Byrnes


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Ben Pauling
Risk Belle


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: L P Dempsey
T: Willie Mullins
Sir Allen


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Danny Mullins
T: Andrew Slattery
Perseus Way


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jamie Moore
T: Gary Moore


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Simon Torrens
T: Padraig Roche


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Flanagan
T: Paul Nolan
Punta Del Este


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Zanndabad (RESERVE)


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: A J Martin


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Paul O’Brien
T: Harry Derham
Samuel Spade


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Luca Morgan
T: Ben Pauling
Jazzy Matty


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Michael O’Sullivan (3)
T: Gordon Elliott
Morning Soldier


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Darragh O’Keeffe
T: Thomas Mullins
Arclight (RESERVE)


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: TBC
T: Nicky Henderson
Mighty Mo Missouri


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Conor Smithers (7)
T: Mrs John Harrington


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
Action Motion


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: H C Swan (5)
T: Denis Gerard Hogan
Fils De Roi


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O’Brien
Gordons Aura


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sam Ewing
T: Gordon Elliott
Romancero Le Dun


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: David Noonan
T: Jane Williams


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Donagh Meyler
T: Emmet Mullins
Mr Freedom


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Robert Dunne
T: Sheena West

The market for the Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle betting will fluctuate the closer we get to the start of the race. But the ante-post racing market could give some early clues about what may be coming up.

Looking through some potential big early contenders, Tekao should be thereabouts. Willie Mullin’s youngster won his last race in December and could give owner John P McManus a third winner of the race in the last four years. 

Comfort Zone could also be a threat if lining up here. He comfortably beat Tekao at Navan in November and has since won in Grade 2 company at Chepstow in December. He’s entered in the JCB Triumph Hurdle so may opt to go for that bigger prize instead. 

Another of the potential entries is Gala Marceau, who finished runner-up in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle on Boxing Day. He’s another who holds an entry in the Triumph Hurdle though, so it remains to be seen which race he will go for. 

Keep an eye out for the latest Boodles juvenile handicap tips for Tuesday, 14th March 2023, as the Festival fixture draws closer.

How to pick a Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips winner

If you are looking at picking a Boodles juvenile hurdle winner, you will want to check out our racing tips. Our tipsters will sift through the key trends and watch Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle market.

How often does a favourite strike gold in the Boodles? Unfortunately, it’s not been that common, with just one of the last ten race winners being the SP FAV. But of the previous five occasions in which the favourite has completed the Boodles, they have finished somewhere inside the top three.

One of the key trends to watch for is Irish and French challengers. All but two of the 18 winners of the Boodles Juvenile handicap hurdle have been from Ireland or France.

The last sixteen winners have all been making their Cheltenham debut and 2021 winner, 80/1 Jeff Kidder, is the only horse in the previous 17 editions to have won at a price of more than 40/1.

Odds of the Last 10 Boodles Juvenile Winners

  • 2022 Brazil 10/1
  • 2021 Jeff kidder 80/1
  • 2020 Aramax 15/2
  • 2019 Band Of Outlaws 7/2F
  • 2018 Veneer Of Charm 33/1
  • 2017 Flying Tiger 33/1
  • 2016 Diego Du Charmil 13/2
  • 2015 QUalando 25/1
  • 2014 Hawk High 33/1
  • 2013 Flaxen Flare 25/1

There is a preference for the males in this one, as only four of the 18 winners of the Boodles have been female runners. 

As for trainers, Paul Nicholls and Gordon Elliott are the top options, having produced three previous winners. 

While the wait for the 2023 Boodles Juvenile Hurdle odds goes on, look through our guides to all of the races from this year’s Festival.

All About The Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips: Past and Present

This is a popular fixture at the Cheltenham Festival, and while it is currently known as the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, it’s officially the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.

This is a Grade 3 around the Old Course at Cheltenham, and it is a handicap race for juvenile novices. This is one of the relatively newer races to have found its way to the Cheltenham Festival.

There was a significant change to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005 when extended from three to four days. That was the year that the Boodles Juvenile Handicap was introduced. It started as a Listed contest but was bumped up to Grade 3 in 2009. 

The race used to be held on the Wednesday of the Festival but was moved to Tuesday in 2021. The distance is 2m 110 yards, and there are eight hurdles for the runners to get over.

How Do Horses Qualify For the Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips Race?

The eligibility for the Boodles Juvenile Novices’ handicap Hurdle is pretty much all in the name – it’s one for juvenile novices.

Novices are horses who had not won in the sphere at the start of the current season, and juveniles are three-year-olds in National Hunt. They are inexperienced, unexposed runners who may not yet be fully used to the big fuss of a race day.

But by the same token, Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips odds features a lot of highly-prized top young talent who could potentially go on to greater things.

What is the Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips Prize Money in 2023?

The 2022 edition of the Boodles Juvenile handicap hurdle had a prize pot of £78,696. The winner Brazil collected £45,016 as the top prize. The rest of the prize money was given out as 2nd £16,960, 3rd £8,488, 4th £4,240, 5th £2,128 6th £1,064, 7th £528, 8th £272. The official prize money for the 2023 renewal has not been released at the time of writing.

Boodles juvenile handicap hurdle tips Past Winners 

Since 2014 there has been a new race time record set three times. Smashing the previous record was Diego Du Charmil in 2016 with a time of 3:49:40, which easily sets the standard now. Other notable previous winners of the Fred Winter include 2015 winner Qualando and the 2020 winner Aramax.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2022 Brazil 10/1 Mark Walsh Padraig Roche
2021 Jeff Kidder 80/1 Sean Flanagan Jeff Kidder
2020 Aramax 15/2 Mark Walsh Gordon Elliott
2019 Band Of Outlaws 7/2F J J Slevin Joseph Patrick O’Brien
2018 Veneer Of Charm 33/1 Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliot
2017 Flying Tiger 33/1 Richard Johnson Nick Williams
2016 Diego Du Charmil 13/2 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2015 Qualando 25/1 Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls
2014 Hawk High 33/1 Brian Hughes Tim Easterby
2013 Flaxen Flare 25/1 Davy Condon Gordon Elliott
2012 Une Artiste 40/1 Jeremiah McGrath Nicky Henderson
2011 What A Charm 9/1 Paul Townend A L T Moore

Other Races on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Boodles Juvenile Novices Handicap Hurdle is one of seven races on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2023. This one is scheduled for 16:50, making it the penultimate fixture of Day 1.

13:30 The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

14:10 The Arkle Challenge Trophy

14:50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

15:30 The Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

16:10 The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle

16:50 The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race

17:30 The National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Steeple Chase