Cheltenham tips: The best Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle bets from our top pundits

Ruby, Frank and Rory have a few value picks in mind.



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We’re just a week away from the Cheltenham Festival, which means it’s the final episode of our antepost tipping podcast series as attention turns to the handicaps.


The From The Horse’s Mouth team ran the rule over the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, with legendary jockey Ruby Walsh, Paddy’s trader Frank Hickey and tipster Rory Delargy giving their early fancies ahead of final declarations.

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Ruby Walsh:

“A rating of 129 would be more a Boodles horse, whereas a Triumph horse will be about 142. Fil Dor is rated around that. Gaelic Warrior is a nice type. He had three runs in France but he didn’t manage to win. He stays well and he’s a good jumper. I would hope he’s quick enough too as he has loads of stamina.

“However, there’s a few horses in here who have a lot of experience and have been running recently. The Tide Turns ran well behind Teahupoo in the Red Mills Hurdle at Gowran Park last month. Brazil bolted in at Naas, even though it probably wasn’t the strongest of races. Icare Allen has the option of going for this or the Triumph but he was very good on his last start at Fairyhouse. It’s a competitive race.

“I can’t go against Gaelic Warrior. We’re hoping he’s better than his rating of 129 so I can’t put anyone off backing him. We thought his mark would be low but that was lower than we expected. If you run, the handicapper can reassess you. However, with Gaelic Warrior not being too active, that hasn’t happened. That’s why he hasn’t run.

“In terms of looking at a bigger price, Interne De Sivola is a good each-way pick. He ran well at Cheltenham in December and the race suits him.”



Frank Hickey:

“The Tide Turns caught the eye at Gowran Park in what I’d describe as a Fred Winter ride. He’s very obvious but he’s relatively short odds. If Gaelic Warrior is as well handicapped as the money suggests, everyone else is playing for second. However, I’m willing to look elsewhere.

“The two that stand out are HMS Seahorse and Britzka. HMS Seahorse was useful on the flat and he was third behind Pied Piper on his hurdles debut at Punchestown. He was then second to The Tide Turns in January but he got off the mark at Fairyhouse last month, beating Global Export. HMS Seahorse is getting 9lbs off The Tide Turns and he’s got a bit of class. He’s on the shortlist.

“I backed Britzka for this at the start of the year. He won very nicely on his hurdles debut at Fairyhouse, beating Scenic Look by 6l. He then went to Leopardstown for the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle and he travelled well but he made an awful mistake two out. He came back on the bridle really quickly though. He ran on into third despite his mistake. I forgive his last run at Fairyhouse, which was his third in a month. They ran him just to get a mark. They’ve kept him for this.”



Rory Delargy:

“Ruby has tipped up Interne De Sivola, who probably should have won at Fontwell last time out. He made a big mistake which cost him. The winner there was Silver Shade, who found the Triumph Trial at Cheltenham too competitive. I thought Silver Shade was the best handicapped English runner. The problem is he’s too well handicapped and he might not get in the race.

“Silver Shade is 7lbs well off compared to Interne De Sivola here but they’re both interesting and worth looking at. If Silver Shade sneaks in, he’s a big price. I favour him over Interne De Sivola due to the 7lb swing.

“The other English horse to mention is Saint Segal. He could be very well handicapped. He was second in a Grade 1 at Chepstow in the Finale. That form has worked out nicely. He won last time out at Warwick too.”



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