The Fred Winter Juvenile Novices Hurdle was added to the Festival in 2005 as part of the expansion to a fourth day. The race was created to give juvenile hurdlers which were not top class a realistic opportunity at Cheltenham instead of taking on the best of their generation in the Triumph Hurdle. This handicap is run over the same trip of two-miles-and-half-a-furlong and is also for four-year-old novices only.

The contest takes its name from regular Cheltenham victor Fred Winter, who died in 2004 after a lengthy career which included 17 riding and 28 training successes at the Prestbury extravaganza. A couple of Winter’s career highs were winning both the Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle as a jockey and a trainer.


No trainer or jockey has won this race more than once, although from eight runnings there is already a Nicholls, a Henderson and a Pipe (M) on the role of honour. It’s Emma Lavelle though who has provided probably the best of the winners; 2008 hero Crack Away Jack was good enough to be beaten less than three lengths into fourth in a Champion Hurdle. Female jockey Nina Carberry was on board the first ever winner of the race, Dabiroun, in 2004.

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Hawk High wins the 2014 Fred Winter.
Hawk High (left) holds off a desparate late thrust from Daryl Jacob aboard Katgary to land the 2014 Fred Winter.

Previous Winners:

2014Hawk High4T Easterby33-1
2013Flaxen Flare4G Elliott25-1
2012Une Artiste4N J Henderson40-1
2011What A Charm4A Moore9-1
2010Sanctuaire4P F Nicholls4-1F
2009Silk Affair4M Quinlan11-1
2008Crack Away Jack4E Lavelle14-1
2007Gaspara4D Pipe9-2JF
2006Shamayoun4C Egerton40-1
2005Dabiroun4P Nolan20-1