|Date||Tuesday, March 16, 2021|
|Where to Watch||Cheltenham live stream at MansionBet|
|Horses’ Age||4+ Years.|
The Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle has been part of the Cheltenham experience for 15 years and, in 2021, it has a new home on day one of the meeting.
Often known as the ‘Fred Winter’ – who died in 2004 and had ridden 17 Cheltenham winners in his career and trained 28 more – the race was formerly run on Gold Cup Day, but has now switched to the Tuesday.
This was a race that British trainers enjoyed a stranglehold on after Paul Nolan and Nina Carberry won the inaugural running in 2005, but the tide has swayed with all three winners since 2018 coming over from Ireland.
Paul Nicholls (2010, 2015, 2016) and Gordon Elliott (2013, 2018, 2020) are men to watch having saddled three winners each. The race for four-year-olds is run over two-miles-and-a-furlong and will now be the penultimate race on Festival Tuesday, Day 1.
Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle: Tips, Predictions and Previews
Gordon Elliott has established himself as a massive presence at the Cheltenham Festival in recent times and the Cullentra handler has won two of the last three renewals of this race. Elliott will often have multiple runners in Festival handicaps, given the sheer depth of numbers at his disposal. Those recent winners have come in at 33/1 (Veneer Of Charm) and 15/2 (Aramax), ensuring this is a tough race for punters.
Paul Nicholls is another trainer known to target this race and the Ditcheat supremo shares the record with three wins, alongside Elliott. This contest earned Grade 3 status in 2009 and – as of the 2020 Festival – no jockey has managed to win the race more than once!
Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle: Recent Winners
|2020||Aramax||Mark Walsh||Gordon Elliott|
|2019||Band Of Outlaws||JJ Slevin||Joseph O’Brien|
|2018||Veneer Of Charm||Jack Kennedy||Gordon Elliott|
|2017||Flying Tiger||Richard Johnson||Nick Williams|
|2016||Diego Du Charmil||Sam Twiston-Davies||Paul Nicholls|