March 15, 2021 11:29 AM
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2021 Cheltenham Festival: Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does the 2021 Cheltenham Festival take place? Tuesday 16th March – Friday 19th March, 2021

What time does the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle start? Tuesday 16th March, 2021 – 16:15 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival? The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will take place without spectators

What TV channel is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival on in the UK? ITV will be televising the first six races of each day, while Racing TV subscribers will be able to watch all of the action

Where can I stream the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in the UK? The first six races of each day can be streamed live on the ITV Hub, while Racing TV subscribers can live stream all of the action

THE LOWDOWN

This looks to be the most unpredictable race of the opening day of the Festival with numerous horses capable of coming out on top in the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Fred Winter). Many boast consistent form with Busselton, Coltor and Riviere D’etel among those with chances while the combination of Willie Mullins and Paul Townend will of course be a threat with Saint Sam. The four-year-old is yet to get his nose in front since moving to Mullins’ yard but showed improvement when second at Leopardstown in his previous race last month. Houx Gris is also another interesting proposition for Paul Nicholls whose third at Chepstow in January was a solid performance despite the finishing distance behind the winner but it did mean he has a place and a win under his belt over hurdles.

THE PREDICTION

There are numerous chances in this race and it would not be a surprise if a big-priced winner goes in but preference is for Houx Gris. Paul Nicholls has managed to win this race three times with French horses and another success could be on the cards here. His third on debut for Nicholls last time out suggested there is more to come from the 4-year-old who cost €200,000 and looks to be a very interesting proposition with a place in the frame a good shout.

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