As one of the trickiest punting conundrums of the entire Cheltenham Festival, this handicap for juvenile hurdlers is harder to predict than the wife’s mood…
Who won the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle in 2016?
A usual competitive event that brought together some unexposed types from all over the country.
The pace was sound and there was drama at the final flight. And like the year before, Paul Nicholls incredibly saddled a 1-2 with Diego Du Charmil landing the spoils under a brilliant ride from Sam Twiston Davies.
He hurdled neatly throughout and was left in control at the last, but wasn´t doing much and had to hold his stablemate´s late flurry.
It´s difficult to know whether he´d have won had the two fallers stayed on their feet, but it showed he can battle up the hill. He’s one to note for a handicap, perhaps the Coral Cup, this season.
How to find the winner of the Fred Winter Hurdle?
In 12 years since the inception of this race, four fillies have run out victorious, plus a runner-up in 2006 too, which is a huge strike-rate from a low representation.
Inexperience and a very lightly raced profile also is a must for punters to keep on side. The key for connections is showing the handicapper as little as possible in regards to the horse’s ability before unleashing him or most likely her at full throttle on the day.
One trainer to watch when plotting a punting angle on this race is handicap maestro David Pipe, who has saddled one winner and six placed horses since 2007 and of course Nicholls, who has had the 1-2 in the last two seasons.
Ante post handicap Hurdle tip?
Keep your power dry until nearer the time and watch for what Nicholls runs in the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton in February. The worse it runs the better as his handicap mark will be saved for this one.