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Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Grade 3, Cheltenham 16:50
£80,000 guaranteed, 4yo only,
2m abt 4½f, Class 1
Tuesday 14th March 2023


1 Jazzy Matty 18/1
2 Byker 6/1
3 Risk Belle 10/1 2
4 Sundial 18/1
21 ran NR: Morning Soldier Distances: nk, nse
Time: 4m 9.48s (slow by 20.48s)

After a few near misses earlier on Jazzy Matty got the better of three-way battle for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

The four-year-old, partnered by conditional rider Michael O'Sullivan, edged out Byker and Risk Belle close home to score by a neck and a nose respectively. O’Sullivan was registering a 103.5-1 Champion Day double, following the success of Marine Nationale in the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Michael O’Sullivan said: “Thanks very much to Gordon [Elliott] and the Browns for putting me on him. It’s great for them. I suppose I’m claiming five pounds in Ireland and only three over here, so I’ve probably lost a couple of rides in handicaps because of that, but in fairness to Gordon he kept me on him and he got a nice light weight.

“He got a fright at the first hurdle and he was just very careful after that. I thought we went very slow and he’s a big horse, so I gave him plenty of room and he travelled everywhere for me. I knew coming to the last he was wrong but I didn’t want to confuse him because he was actually being careful up to then. I was confident enough I had plenty of horse left and I’d say he won with a bit in hand. He’ll be a nice horse going forward. I felt I was always getting there and to pick up again up the hill on good ground was very good.

“Dad is amazing. I grew up listening to stories of him riding and how good he was - he rode a Festival winner and was a very accomplished amateur, and in fairness to Dad he never pushed me too much, but when he saw I had interest, he gave me every opportunity. He drove me all over the country and spent a lot of money sending me eventing and showjumping, and it’s great that it’s paying off. Dad kills himself with hard work at home on the farm, and it’s great that he’s here today.”


O’Sullivan’s father Willie told ITV Racing: “It’s unreal. I couldn’t be prouder. He’s worked very hard at his riding all his life and I couldn’t be happier for him. He really deserves it.

“He has [maturity beyond his years] but he was always very level-headed and he always thought a lot about what he was doing. He was very committed to his studies and when he started riding, he was very committed to getting things right before he even sat on the horses, and studying the form.”

O’Sullivan, who rode the 1991 Foxhunter winner Lovely Citizen, said: “That was a long time ago! That was a different era. It is totally different now, way more professional.”

On how he’s been able to help his son, he said: “There's questions on the way to ride some horses and you try to help him the best you can, but he does a lot of the studying himself. He gets a lot of help from a lot of people, the other jockeys are all full of advice to him and that really helps him. You’re only as good as your last ride, and hopefully it will keep going for him.

“I was very nervous [watching the Supreme], just hoping things would go right for him. It was a fierce achievement to get a ride like that in the Supreme from Barry Connell and he was just hoping that Barry Connell’s trust in him paid off and thank God it did.

“That [the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle] was a beautiful ride, thanks very much to Gordon Elliott.”

Trainers Quotes

Gordon Elliott said:" That's better as we had hit the crossbar a few times earlier and the horse has done well to win as he was stuck out a bit wider than was ideal in a tight race like that, but thankfully it made no difference in the end.

"There is every chance he will now go to Aintree as i think that course will suit him even better."

Joey Logan, racing manager to owners Andrew and Gemma Brown, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. We were worried about the ground but we were very excited. The horse is named after Andrew and Gemma’s son Matt. It is special and as it is their first winner at The Festival so I’m delighted. We knew he would stay and we are over the moon.

“He is a big horse and he is a half-brother to Delta Work so whatever he does over hurdles is just a bonus. The cheekpieces just kept him interested and they definitely worked. His last couple of runs were frustrating but the ground wasn’t right for him at all but he is such a big horse. Luckily enough it has worked out today. It is brilliant to get a winner on the first day so everything else is a bonus. We will take it as it comes as regards to what we do with him next season and see what Gordon says. We will give it a good go celebrating tonight.”

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Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
£80,000 guaranteed, 4yo only, 2m 87y, Class 1
21 ran
Going: Soft

1     Jazzy Matty 4 10-9 Gordon Elliott Michael O'Sullivan 18/1
nk Byker 4 10-12 C Byrnes Philip Byrnes 6/1
nse Risk Belle 4 10-11 W P Mullins L P Dempsey 10/1
Sundial 4 10-4 Padraig Roche Simon Torrens 18/1
1 Mr Freedom 4 10-4 Sheena West Robert Dunne 40/1
¾ Metamorpheus 4 10-9 Paul Nolan Sean Flanagan 22/1
shd Gordons Aura 4 10-6 Gordon Elliott Sam Ewing 80/1
½ Afadil 4 10-7 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 28/1
shd Fils De Roi 4 10-7 Fergal O'Brien Paddy Brennan 40/1
shd Perseus Way 4 11-2 Gary Moore Jamie Moore 8/1
Sir Allen 4 11-1 Andrew Slattery Danny Mullins 10/1
Ludus 4 10-4 Gordon Elliott Jordan Gainford 25/1
¾ Bad 4 10-10 Ben Pauling Rachael Blackmore 5/1
Punta Del Este 4 10-10 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 20/1
4 Action Motion 4 10-9 Denis Gerard Hogan Mr H C Swan 125/1
10 Mighty Mo Missouri 4 10-8 Mrs John Harrington Conor Smithers 50/1
¾ Romancero Le Dun 4 10-3 Jane Williams David Noonan 22/1
Shared 4 10-6 Harry Derham Paul O'Brien 50/1
½ Tekao 4 11-5 W P Mullins Mark Walsh 3/1F
Samuel Spade 4 10-10 Ben Pauling Luca Morgan 20/1
PU Mctigue 4 11-12 Emmet Mullins Donagh Meyler 125/1
NR 13 Morning Soldier 4 10-9 Thomas Mullins NON RUNNER



Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

2022 Brazil 4 11-09 Mark Walsh Padraig Roche John P McManus 10/1 21

2021 Jeff Kidder 4 10-08 Sean Flanagan Noel Meade Albert Dravins & Eamonn Scanlon 80/1 22

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)