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Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Grade 3, Cheltenham 16:15
£60,000 added, 4yo only,
2m abt 4½f, Class 1
Tuesday 16th March 2021


1 Jeff Kidder 80/1
2 Saint Sam 9/2F
3 Elham Valley 66/1
4 Houx Gris 11/2
22 ran NR: Tinnahalla Distances: 2l, ½l, 1¼l
Time: 3m 57.77s (slow by 6.77s)

Irish raider Jeff Kidder caused the biggest shock at The Festival since 100-1 chance Norton’s Coin landed the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup when he came home in front at 80-1.

Despite a series of jumping errors he produced a strong finish to defeat 9-2 favourite Saint Sam.

Trainer Noel Meade, speaking from his base in County Meath, said: “I thought he had a chance. He worked the other day and I was very happy with what I saw. I said to Sean (Flanagan) you’ve got two good rides at Cheltenham for me this week and I think you will be thereabouts on this one.

“He is a stayer on the Flat and that’s what you need around Cheltenham. That is what he ended up doing, just outstaying them. I think the better ground helped as well. 

“He won at Fairyhouse then we put in him a Grade Two at Leopardstown over Christmas which was a very good race. He had been running on the Flat and he was a winner on the Flat so he was use to the hustle and bustle. 

“Colin Keane has been riding him on the Flat and he said he will win you a Cesarewitch one day and hopefully he is right. He will run on the Flat again but we will look at another race over hurdles and we might go to Punchestown with him.

“It was nice to get another winner at Cheltenham as it has not been the happiest hunting ground for me. It gets tougher and tougher to get winners at Cheltenham but it is the place we all want to have winners at and we think about it from one end of the year to the next.”

Trainers Quotes

Sean Flanagan, celebrating a first Festival victory, added: “He’s come here in a good vein of form, and his form at home wouldn’t necessarily be the most solid. He won at Leopardstown last time out, and it was a good run but it was his first run after a bit of a layoff, and we nearly used it more for experience for him than anything else.

But when I got levelled up in the straight I knew he was going to stay quite well; he stayed really well the day he won his juvenile hurdle at Fairyhouse. He made one right mistake down the back, and it knocked me back into a pocket I wasn’t really happy to be in, but when I got out, he got to the line well. I’m delighted for the team and everyone at home. If it weren’t for Noel Meade, I wouldn’t be here, and you need the horses, the staff and everything - I’m delighted. 

“To be fair to Noel, we were doing a bit of work the other day and had a chat afterwards, and he maintained the horse had a right chance, and generally when he says something like that you have to stand up and take note, and he was very right.

“I genuinely said when I passed the line, ‘I can’t believe it’. I was talking here yesterday with a few lads who have ridden winners here, and they said, it’s a feeling you can’t really explain, and even though there are no crowds here, I can only imagine what it would be like if there were.”

Trainers Quotes

Willie Mullins, said of runner-up Saint Sam: “He ran a great race, he was just probably a little too far back early on and he had to work too hard to get through the field, but he coped with the big field scenario well and ran a great race.”

Fergal O’Brien said of third Elham Valley: “That was a great run. I’m over the moon. I said to the lads (owners) this morning that I hoped we’d finish in the first half dozen or so. They’ve been very patient but we thought he was in great form coming in and in better form than at Haydock last time, where we got dropped a pound which meant we nearly didn’t get in. I’m so proud of him. He’s a little warrior and today won’t be lost on him, that’s for sure.”

Paul Nicholls, trainer of fourth Houx Gris, said:  “I thought he was going to win going to the last but the stride just wasn't there. He’s run real tidy though. He’s still learning and there’ll be a lot more to come. He’ll stay hurdling next season but the other horse (Hell Red) will probably go chasing. He ran tidy too.”

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
£60,000 added, 4yo only, 2m 87y, Class 1
22 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

1     Jeff Kidder 4 10-8 Noel Meade Sean Flanagan 80/1
2 Saint Sam 4 11-8 W P Mullins Paul Townend 9/2
½ Elham Valley 4 10-7 Fergal O'Brien Paddy Brennan 66/1
Houx Gris 4 10-11 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 11/2
Coltor 4 10-10 D K Weld Jonjo O'Neill Jr 12/1
nk Sage Advice 4 10-10 Dr Richard Newland Sam Twiston-Davies 14/1
½ Riviere D'etel 4 11-3 Mrs Denise Foster Jack Kennedy 7/1
Zoffanien 4 10-13 Denis Gerard Hogan Richard Johnson 16/1
1 Hell Red 4 11-0 Paul Nicholls Bryony Frost 50/1
Nassalam 4 11-10 Gary Moore Jamie Moore 18/1
Balko Saint 4 11-3 5ex Mrs Jane Williams Chester Williams 28/1
Cabot Cliffs 4 11-6 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 12/1
½ Her Indoors 4 10-10 Alan King A P Heskin 33/1
3 Homme Public 4 10-8 Oliver Greenall Henry Brooke 11/1
15 ½ Druid's Altar 4 11-4 Joseph O'Brien Hugh Morgan 28/1
1 Glorious Zoff 4 11-0 1 Mrs Denise Foster Keith Donoghue 33/1
17 ½ Longclaw 4 11-1 1 John C McConnell Simon Torrens 100/1
18 Youmdor 4 11-10 W P Mullins B J Cooper 33/1
14 Busselton 4 11-4 Joseph O'Brien J J Slevin 13/2
23 Curious Bride 4 10-6 Noel Meade Denis O'Regan 40/1
PU Soldier On Parade 4 10-11 Amy Murphy Jack Quinlan 200/1
UR Burgundy Man 4 10-8 Venetia Williams Gavin Sheehan 150/1
NR 18 421 Tinnahalla 4 10-9 Olly Murphy NON RUNNER



Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

2020 Aramax 4 11-08 Mark Walsh Gordon Elliott John P McManus 15/2 22

2019 Band Of Outlaws 4-11-08 J J Slevin Joseph O’Brien IRE J Carthy 7/2F 21

2018-WINNER-VENEER OF CHARM 4-11-00 Owner-M J Wasylocha; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE: Jockey-Jack Kennedy; SP-33/1
2ND-Style De Garde 4-11-08 Owner-Highclere Thoroughbred Racing; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Nico de Boinville; SP-12/1
3RD-Nube Negra 4-11-06 Owner-T Spraggett; Trainer-Dan Skelton; Jockey-Harry Skelton; SP-15/2 Fav
4TH-Padleyourowncanoe 4-11-03 Owner-Kevin Corcoran Aaron Pierce Chris Weare; Trainer-Colin Tizzard; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-
22 ran, Time-4m 10.70s; Dist-3, 1, 2¾

2017-WINNER-FLYING TIGER 4-11-05 Owner-The Macaroni Beach Society; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-33/1
2ND-Divin Bere 4-11-10 Owner-Chris Giles; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-9/2 Fav
3RD-Nietzsche 4-11-01 Owner-D Gilbert, M Lawrence, A Bruce, G Wills; Trainer-Brian Ellison; Jockey-Danny Cook; SP-12/1
4TH-Project Bluebook 4-11-09 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-John Quinn; Jockey-Brian Hughes; SP-14/1
22 ran, Time-3m 58.10s; Dist-nk, nk, 5

2016-WINNER-DIEGO DU CHARMIL 4-11-01 Owner-Mrs Johnny de la Hey; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Sam Twiston-Davies; SP-13/2
2ND-Romain De Senam 4-11-04 Owner-Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Nick Scholfield; SP-20/1
3RD-Coo Star Sivola 4-10-09 Owner-Babbit Racing; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Lizzie Kelly; SP-16/1
4TH-Missy Tata 4-11-00 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-10/1
22 ran, Time-3m 49.40s; Dist-hd, ½, 3¼ 6/1 Fav Jaleo (10th)

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)