The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2022 Trends

The best way to narrow down the field in any Cheltenham Festival handicap is by analysing the race trends. So we've looked at the most important The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle trends for you, and used them to find the best horses to follow right now for the 2022 running.

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2022 Trends
The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2022 Trends

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2022 The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Had not won a Graded hurdle
  • Had never run at Cheltenham before
  • Did not run in a handicap last time out
  • Did not run in a maiden hurdle last time out - 0/35
  • Had run in no more than six hurdle races
  • Had won no more than two hurdle races - only one was a maiden
  • Did not carry topweight [racecard number one form reads: 00028F060]

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Last finished in the first two no more than two runs ago

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Had not run in more than four hurdle races.
  • Last ran no more than 53 days ago (exceptions 80 and 133 days)

Key Trials in the last 10 years

  • The Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle at Kempton has thrown out two winners (Flying Tiger and Une Artiste) and no placed horse in the past 10 years.
  • The Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown has thrown out one winner (Flaxen Flare) and two placed horse in the past 10 years. The higher-class juveniles tend to head to the Triumph Hurdle instead.
  • The Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon has thrown out two placed horses (Style De Garde and Divin Bere) in the past 10 years. Kotmask beat Collingham and Genuflex in the 2022 renewal.
  • There's also a four-year-old hurdle at Fairyhouse early in January that Gordon Elliott likes to test Fred Winter winners in. Veneer Of Charm and Aramax placed there two runs before Cheltenham success. This year he ran Britzka, who finished fourth.

Trainer Trends

  • Paul Nicholls is brilliant to follow here, having saddled three winners and seven placed horses from 23 runners in the past 10 years.
  • Gordon Elliott has won two of the last four editions and three in all. Elliott also trained the third and fourth in 2020.
  • Nick Williams is another to follow with one winner and a place from eight runners, giving his supporters a level-stakes profit of £26.00.
  • Nicky Henderson is just 1/11 in the past 10 years but he has also saddled two placed horses during that period.
  • Trainers based in Ireland have won the last four renewals.

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Jockey Trends

  • No jockey has won the race more than once in the last 10 years.

How did the trends do last year?

Jeff Kidder fit the bill on all counts except for the fact that he had not run since December. Almost all winners in the history of the race had lined up after a recent run, showing the importance of match practice. That's why he was sent off at 80/1.

Second Saint Sam was a worthy favourite, ticking a lot of boxes having run just six times over hurdles and won twice. He was perhaps handicapped out of it by his second in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle last time out.

Paul Nicholls's Houx Gris was another one pinpointed by the trends, but just lacking a recent run, he finished fourth.


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Who Fits The Trends Best In 2022?

With many of the best trials yet to come, Champion Green for trainer Joseph O'Brien and owner JP McManus heads the betting and does hit some key trends. However, after three tries, he remains a maiden and has only ever run in maiden hurdles.

Leading trainer Paul Nicholls looks set to have a decent shout with Chepstow winner Magistrato, who fits nicely into the trends so far, while Gordon Elliott has multiple interesting options, the most eye-catching being Britzka.



2021 The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stJeff Kidder80/1Noel MeadeSean Flanagan
2ndSaint Sam9/2fWillie MullinsPaul Townend
3rdElham Valley66/1Fergal O'BrienPaddy Brennan
4thHoux Gris11/2Paul NichollsHarry Cobden

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