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.
- 2015 Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle Preview
- 2014 Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle Preview
|2014||Hawk High||4||T Easterby||33-1|
|2013||Flaxen Flare||4||G Elliott||25-1|
|2012||Une Artiste||4||N J Henderson||40-1|
|2011||What A Charm||4||A Moore||9-1|
|2010||Sanctuaire||4||P F Nicholls||4-1F|
|2009||Silk Affair||4||M Quinlan||11-1|
|2008||Crack Away Jack||4||E Lavelle||14-1|