2022 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Racecard Betting Odds

Named in honour of the talented National Hunt jockey and trainer Fred Winter, this Grade 3 hurdle is run over a distance of two miles and 110 yards and takes place on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. One of the newer races at the meeting, it was inaugurated in 2005 and was promoted to Grade 3 (from its previous Listed status) in 2009. In what is generally a difficult race to call, there is plenty of excitement to be had both by watching the race and by picking out the each way value. So read on as we bring you our predictions, betting tips and analysis ahead of this Cheltenham hurdle.

As things stand, prior to the allocation of the handicaps or the declarations of the field, the bookies are offering decent odds of between 12/1 and 50/1 on all the runners. This gives us a great chance to pick out some very good value, but second guessing the handicapper is a tricky business so be wary of splashing too much cash until you know what weights the runners will be carrying.

Champion Green16/1
Got Glory16/1
Lunar Power16/1
Iberique Du Seuil16/1
Pied Piper20/1
Gaelic Warrior20/1
Forever Blessed20/1
Altesse Du Berlais20/1
Ben Siegel20/1
Champagne Piaff20/1
Too Bright20/1
Too Friendly20/1
Vera Verto20/1
Max Mayhem22/1
Intense Raffles25/1
Foxy Girl25/1
Parliament Hill25/1
Sea Sessions25/1
Twilight Twist33/1
Saint Segal33/1
Drop The Pilot33/1
Bell Ex One33/1
Impulsive One40/1
Knotty Ash40/1
Koi Dodville50/1
Mister Allegro50/1
Sacre Pierre50/1
Swinging London50/1
Zinc White66/1
George Bancroft100/1

The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is the first handicap hurdle race of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, with Gordon Elliott boasting a strong record in the past few renewals. The famous trainer of Tiger Roll saddled Veneer of Charm to victory in 2018 before repeating this feat in 2020 when Aramax won off a mark of 11-8.

The betting odds for the Fred Winter won’t present a completely full picture until the days leading up to the race when we know the runners and riders for this encounter, although it appears likely that Saint Sam will be among the favourites if the preparations go correctly for this charge.

The four-year-old is unsurprisingly trained by Willie Mullins and has put together a couple of respectable showings over the winter months, finishing second behind Zanahiyr at Fairyhouse before a fourth-placed finish in decent company when the same horse claimed the spoils.

Adagio has also been priced up as favourite with a couple of bookies, with David Pipe’s horse really coming to the fore recently when finishing second behind the highly-rated Nassalam and it might look like excellent form that the runner was able to get so close to a runner who is being regarded as the new Goshen.

The German-bred horse won the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse and might be routed to the Day Four opener of the Festival rather than this race, although he will be an interesting one to follow wherever he winds up.

Duffle Coat is another interesting runner, with this horse another who could either line up in the Fred Winter or the Triumph Hurdle and we recommend keeping tabs on the horses that are likely to be entered in each race and also the latest trainer comments.