The Cheltenham Festival: The Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

The Cheltenham Festival: The Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

The Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle is the penultimate race on the second day (Ladies’ Day) of the Cheltenham Festival. A relatively new event, it was one of the races introduced at Cheltenham in 2005 as part of the expansion of the Festival from three days to four.

The race was named in memory of successful jockey and later equally successful trainer Fred Winter who passed away in 2004. Winter claimed an impressive record at the Cheltenham Festival throughout his career, with 17 wins as a jockey and 28 victories as a trainer. The race was initially classed as Listed, but was upgraded to a Grade 3 race in 2009.

Race information

The Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle is run on the Old Course over 3,319 metres or approximately 2 miles and 110 yards (or half a furlong). It is open to four-year-old novice hurdlers and includes eight hurdles to be cleared.

The total prize purse for this race is £75,000, with the winner taking home a share equalling £42,712.50.

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Race results

So far no horse or jockey has managed to win the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle more than once. Trainer Paul Nicholls has seen victory twice with Sanctuaire in 2010 and Qualando in 2015.

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2005 Dabiroun Nina Carberry Paul Nolan
2006 Shamayoun Paddy Brennan Charles Egerton
2007 Gaspara Andrew Glassonbury David Pipe
2008 Crack Away Jack Paul Carberry Emma Lavelle
2009 Silk Affair Tom O’Brien Mick Quinlan
2010 Sanctuaire Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2011 What A Charm Paul Townend Arthur Moore
2012 Une Artiste Jeremiah McGrath Nicky Henderson
2013 Flaxen Flare Davy Condon Gordon Elliott
2014 Hawk High Brian Hughes Tim Easterby
2015 Qualando Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls
Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle fence

Fred Winter

The jockey and trainer Fred Winter is one of horse-racing’s legends and arguably one of the best jump jockeys of all time.

Throughout his career as a jockey Fred Winter won every big race multiple times. Two-time Grand National winner, two-times Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, three-time Champion Hurdle winner and three-time King George VI Chase winner, Fred Winter was named British jump racing Champion Jockey no fewer than four times.

He enjoyed almost as much success as a trainer, not least taking the Grand National in two consecutive years (1965 and ’66). He is the only person ever to have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, and the Grand National as both a jockey and a trainer.

 Named for one of the greatest horse racing champions in British history, the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle is another exciting event from Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival, with that elusive double-win still up for grabs for both horses and jockeys.