Boodles Handicap Hurdle Tips - 4:50pm Cheltenham

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A handicap race for the four year olds which was established when the Festival increased from three days to its current format. It’s a tricky race to weight up as many of the runners will have limited experience and the handicapper doesn’t have a lot to go on. 

Improvers are the ones to try and identify and one year we even had a horse having his first run in the UK winning the prize. A very shrewd piece of placing by trainer Paul Nicholls who has won the race three times in all.

Gordon Elliott won it for the second time in six years with Veneer Of Charm last time but overall the home side have had the upper hand in the Fred Winter.

Paul Nicholls has just one runner in the line up and Dogon is an interesting runner. He won in France last November before joining the Ditcheat handler and then was pulled up on his UK debut. Last time out he was second at Wincanton which gave connections the green light to go here. He's on 133 and that could prove to be a good mark.

Alan King does well with his juveniles and his leading contender here is Our Power who has won twice from four starts.

His most impressive performance was at Newbury in December when he beat Style De Vole by six lengths. After that he was given a mark of 135 and earned his place in the Triumph Hurdle trial in late January.

He ran well to be fourth to the useful Fakir D’oudairies but that persuaded connections to go down the handicap route rather than the Triumph.

Fanfan De Seuil is trained by Tom George who had a terrific Festival in 2018 with his young hurdlers and it would be no surprise to see this French import run a good race.

He won on his only start in his native country before joining his current connections but actually fell on his British debut when running well at Chepstow.

He made amends next time out at Exeter with a smooth victory and then was second here at Cheltenham behind Nelson River on his last run in December. He has been kept fresh for this and could run well at a decent price.

The winner that day Nelson River has since finished 6th in the Triumph Hurdle trial which has slightly let the form down but both trainers would fancy their chances in a handicap.

The betting has been dominated by the Irish hurdlers for this race and Joseph O’Brien’s runners in particular.

He had any amount of possible contenders for this and has a couple of strong contenders in the shape of Fine Brunello and Band Of Outlaws.

Fine Brunello finished 4th on his hurdles debut in France and was fourth to stablemate Band Of Outlaws at Limerick on his first start in Ireland.

He has since finished second to another one of his stablemates Fakir D’oudairies who is a strong fancy for the Triumph Hurdle and has been given a mark of 139.

Band Of Outlaws is the mount of JJ Sldevin and he could be the one according to the betting. He improved from his debut to win on Boxing Day and then followed up in good style at Naas last time out

Star Max is another O’Brien inmate but this time owned by Gigginstown Stud. He looks a typical improver and is getting better with each race, just the type of horse who does well in this race.

His last run was a victory at Gowran in a decent maiden hurdle for the grade. He beat Future Proof and Christopher Robin that day and could be dangerous of 131.

Another Gigginstown runner is Coko Beach trained by Gordon Elliott. He was down the field on his debut at Leopardstown but improved markedly on that when third to Band Of Outlaws at Naas. That form is very solid whichever way you look at it and Elliott has won this race twice in the last six years so knows what it takes.

Lethal Steps is the second Elliott runner and he’s yet to win a race over hurdles in three attempts. He is another one that has been brought along steadily and his third at Punchestown last time over 2m4f reads quite well. Prior to that he split Konitho and Star Max so doesn’t look out of place in this line up. He is owned by Cheveley Park Stud who are also responsible for Cheif Justice. His form has tailed off somewhat recently but has had a win dop sine we saw him last.

Willie Mullins has three runners and Ruby Walsh has picked Ciel De Neige who has yet to race since coming over from France. He had three starts in his native country last year and was never placed so its anyones guess how this one got a mark of 132?

Punters Lounge Tip: Dogon EW 20/1 at bet365 - Click Here To Bet
 

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Boodles Handicap Hurdle Previous Winners
Year WinnerWeight JockeyTrainerSP
2019Band Of Outlaws11-08JJ SlevinJoseph O'Brien7/2
2018Veneer Of Charm11-00Jack KennedyGordon Elliott33/1
2017Flying Tiger11-05Richard JohnsonNick Williams33/1
2016Diego du Charmil11-01Sam Twiston-DaviesPaul Nicholls13/2
2015Qualando11-00Nick ScholfieldPaul Nicholls25/1
2014Hawk High11-01Brian HughesTim Easterby33/1
2013Flaxen Flare10-07Davy CondonGordon Elliott25/1
2012Une Artiste10-13Jeremiah McGrathNicky Henderson40/1
2011What A Charm10-06Paul TownendArthur Moore9/1
2010Sanctuaire11-02Ruby WalshPaul Nicholls4/1 f
2009Silk Affair10-04Tom O'BrienMick Quinlan11/1
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