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Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Grade 3, Cheltenham 16:50
£75,000 added, 4yo only,
2m 87y, Class 1
Wednesday 16th March 2016


1 Diego Du Charmil 13/2
2 Romain De Senam 20/1
3 Coo Star Sivola 16/1
4 Missy Tata 10/1
22 ran Distances: hd, ½l, 3¼l
TIME 3m 49.40s (fast by 1.60s)

Diego Du Charmil wins the Fred Winter to hand Paul Nicholls his first winner of the week

Diego Du Charmil
© Caroline Norris
Diego Du Charmil

Paul Nicholls saddled a one-two in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle last year, and he matched that feat today, thanks to 13/2 chance Diego Du Charmil and 20/1 hope Romain De Senam.

The pair were separated by just a head, with Coo Star Sivola, from Nick Williams' stable, half a length back in third. It was a fine piece of training by Nicholls, for Diego Du Charmil was making his debut for the stable after three starts in France - the most recent at Auteuil in November - while the runner-up had not been in action since January.

Of the Sam Twiston-Davies-ridden winner, Nicholls said: "We've liked him since we got him, and we have some nice juveniles at home to judge him with. We were worried he hadn't run in England before, and it's not easy coming straight here from Auteuil - he was second that day but should have won because he was given a very ordinary ride. I knew that if he ran somewhere over here he would win and then we would be in trouble - a win at Taunton could have put him up 10lb and I felt 133 was a good mark today.

"The second [under Nick Scholfield] has been difficult to settle all winter, but he did so today. He hasn't run since January because of the winter ground, but he stayed on really strongly. He's a decent animal too, and we have some really nice four-year-olds, which are the future for us.

"I don't often have a bet, but I did on the winner - not a massive amount, but I got 16/1 three weeks ago. He's a big horse and I was worried he could run green, and Sam said the minute he hit the front and heard the crowd he did look up. He could have done with a lead for longer, but it's a great result for us.

"Depending on how our horses run in the JCB Triumph on Friday, these two could go to Aintree, and some of our horses will be going to France in the spring - it's been such a wet winter."

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
£75,000 added, 4yo only, 2m 87y, Class 1
22 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Diego Du Charmil (FR) 13/2 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 4
2nd hd Romain De Senam (FR) 20/1 Nick Scholfield
P F Nicholls 4
3rd ½ Coo Star Sivola (FR) 16/1 Lizzie Kelly (5)
Nick Williams 4
4th Missy Tata (FR) 10/1 B J Cooper
G Elliott 4
5th 1 Doubly Clever (IRE) 50/1 Harry Cobden (7)
M Blake 4
6th Kasakh Noir (FR) 14/1 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 4
7th Messire Des Obeaux (FR) 16/1 N D Fehily
A King 4
8th ¾ Fixe Le Kap (FR) 8/1 D A Jacob
N J Henderson 4
9th 13 Duke Street (IRE) 25/1 W Kennedy
Dr R D P Newland 4
10th 1 Jaleo (GER) 6/1f Aidan Coleman
J P Ferguson 4
11th Wolfcatcher (IRE) 33/1 Jack Quinlan
J P Ferguson 4
12th 10 Harley Rebel (ex5) 20/1 T Scudamore
N P Mulholland 4
13th 14 Pillard (FR) 25/1 R Johnson
Jonjo O'Neill 4
14th 6 Duke Of Medina (IRE) 40/1 G Sheehan
H Whittington 4
15th 12 Chic Name (FR) 100/1 A P Cawley
Richard Hobson 4
16th 6 Le Curieux (FR) 33/1 M P Walsh
F Nicolle 4
17th Our Thomas (IRE) 16/1 B Hughes
T D Easterby 4
Also Ran: Campeador (FR) , Voix Du Reve (FR) , Akavit (IRE) , Paddys Runner , Ardamir (FR)



Nick Scholfield rode the Paul Nicholls-trained Romain De Senam, a 20/1 chance, to be second in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle, just beaten a head in a thrilling finish by his stable-mate Diego Du Charmil.

Scholfield said: "It's great for the team to be first and second. We nearly got there; he probably wants a bit further, but it was a good run from him. I knew I hadn't got there - I pulled up and said 'well done' to Sam [Twiston-Davies, who rode Diego Du Charmil] straightaway.

Half a length back in third was 16/1 hope Coo Star Sivola, trained by Nick Williams and ridden his step-daughter Lizzie Kelly.

Kelly said: "I had a great ride, a great spin. They told me to be really positive, and I was. He was absolutely brilliant and was coming back at them. We'll probably come back here next year over a further trip, and Bob's your uncle."



2015-WINNER-QUALANDO 4-11-00 Owner-Kathy Stuart; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Nick Scholfield; SP-25/1
2ND-Bouvreuil 4-11-02 Owner-Potensis Bloodstock & Chris Giles; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-14/1
3RD-The Saint James 4-11-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-33/1
4TH-Starchitect 4-11-02 Owner-Paul & Clare Rooney; Trainer-Donald McCain; Jockey-Wilson Renwick; SP-16/1
22 ran, Time-3m 53.60s; Dist-1½, 2¾, hd 13/2 Fav Box Office (7th)

2014-WINNER-HAWK HIGH 4-11-01 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Tim Easterby; Jockey-Brian Hughes; SP-33/1
2ND-Katgary 4-11-01 Owner-Andrea & Graham Wylie; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-8/1
3RD-Orgilgo Bay 4-10-09 Owner-Derek Kierans; Trainer-John McConnell IRE; Jockey-Mark Bolger; SP-16/1
4TH-Keltus 4-10-13 Owner- Donlon & MacDonald; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Nick Scholfield; SP-25/1
24 ran, Time-3m 52.19s; Dist-¾, 1¾, ½ 7/2 Fav Dawalan (13th)

2013-WINNER-FLAXEN FLARE 4-10-07 Owner-Pat Sloan; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-25/1
2ND-Caid Du Berlais 4-10-12 Owner- Donlon, MacDonald, C Barber & P Nicholls; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Harry Derham; SP-20/1
3RD-Ptit Zig 4-10-10 Owner- Chris Giles, Potensis Limited & Webb; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-22/1
4TH-Milord 4-10-06 Owner- Kim Bailey Racing Partnership VII; Trainer-Kim Bailey; Jockey-Nick Scholfield; SP-16/1
24 ran, Time-4m 1.22s; Dist-4½, 1¾, 7 6/1 Joint Favs Saphir Du Rheu (20th), Bordoni (23rd)

2012-WINNER-UNE ARTISTE 4-10-08 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Jeremiah McGrath; SP-40/1
2ND-Edeymi 4-11-07 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-11/1
3RD-Vendor 4-11-01 Owner-Thurloe 52; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-3/1 Fav
4TH-Kazlian 4-11-02 Owner-Twelve Pipers Piping; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-7/1
24 ran, Time-3m 53.84s; Dist-1¾, ½, 1¼

2011-WINNER-WHAT A CHARM 4-10-06 Owner-Chris Jones; Trainer-Arthur Moore IRE; Jockey-Paul Townend; SP-9/1
2ND-Kumbeshwar 4-11-10 Owner-McNeill Family & Nigel Bunter; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Charlie Huxley; SP-33/1
3RD-Dhaafer 4-10-10 Owner-Simon Munir; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-16/1
4TH-Plan A 4-11-08 Owner-Liam Mulryan; Trainer-Gordon Elliot IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-4/1Fav
23 ran, Time-3m 58.50s; Dist- neck, 4½ , 1¾

2010-WINNER-SANCTUAIRE 4-11-02 Owner-Jared Sullivan; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/1 Fav
2ND-Notus De La Tour 4-11-09 Owner-Racing For Change; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Johnny Farrelly; SP-13/2
3RD-Orsippus 4-11-00 Owner-Sandra Smith; Trainer-Michael Smith; Jockey-Davy Condon; SP-33/1
4TH-Son Amix 4-11-02 Owner-Whitechurch Stud Syndicate; Trainer-Tom Cooper IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-14/1 24 ran, Time-3m 55.63s; Dist-9, 1½ , 3

2009-WINNER-SILK AFFAIR 4-10-04 Owner-Liam Mulryan & Michael Fahy; Trainer-Mick Quinlan; Jockey-Tom O’Brien; SP-11/1
2ND-Ski Sunday 4-11-01 Owner-Scarlet Pimpernel; Trainer-Tim Vaughan; Jockey-Seamus Durack; SP-20/1
3RD-Saticon 4-11-01 Owner-S M Smith & Paul Duffen; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-20/1
4TH-Alexander Severus 4-10-13 Owner-Patrick Wilmot; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-5/2 Fav 22 ran, Time-4m 5.06s; Dist-3, ¾, 1¾

2008-WINNER-CRACK AWAY JACK 4-11-10 Owner-GDM Partnership; Trainer-Emma Lavelle; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-14/1
2ND-Ashkazar 4-11-12 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-15/8 Fav
3RD-Grand Schlem 4-11-04 Owner-Mme M Destremau; Trainer-Francois Doumen FR; Jockey-Christophe Pieux; SP-12/1
4TH-Indian Spring 4-11-07 Owner-Noel Murphy; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Andrew McNamara; SP-66/1 22 ran, Time-4m 13.5s; Dist-2½, 5, 14

2007-WINNER-GASPARA 4-10-11 Owner-Martin Pipe; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Andrew Glassonbury; SP-9/2 Joint Fav
2ND-Altilhar 4-10-08 Owner-H R Hunt; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-12/1
3RD-Laustra Bad 4-11-00 Owner-Sarah Ling; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-16/1
4TH-Zilcash 4-11-07 Owner-David Bellamy & Stephen Williams; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Gerard Tumelty; SP-50/1
24 ran, Time-3m 57.75s, Dist-5, nk, 3 9/2 Joint Fav Pouvoir (10th)

2006-WINNER-SHAMAYOUN 4-11-03 Owner-Ronald Brimacombe; Trainer-Charles Egerton; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-40/1
2ND-Artist’s Muse 4-10-13 Owner-Seamus Ross; Trainer-Ted Walsh IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-12/1
3RD-Patman du Charmil 4-11-03 Owner-Raymond Mould; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-40/1
4TH-Gardasse 4-11-03 Owner-A S Helaissi; Trainer-Tom Tate; Jockey-Jason Maguire; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-3m 57.20s, Dist-2.5, 2.5, 2.5 9/2 Fav Royals Darling (15th)

2005-WINNER-DABIROUN 4-11-04 Owner-Donal O’Gorman; Trainer-Paul Nolan IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-20/1
2ND-At Your Request 4-11-03 Owner-Cockbury Court Partnership; Trainer-Ian Williams; Jockey-David Dennis; SP-33/1
3RD-Nation State 4-11-04 Owner-J D Brownrigg; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Jamie Moore; SP-7/1
4TH-Miss Academy 4-11-12 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-16/1
14 ran, Time-3m 54.00s, Dist-8, 1.5 , 1.75 4/1 Fav Ease The Way (14th)