The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is open only to 4 year olds and is a class 1, grade 3 hurdle.
Who is Fred Winter? Answer: Fred Winter is a bit of a champion from days gone by in the Cheltenham Festival. Not only did Fred win 17 races as a jockey at the festival, he also then went on to have 28 training victories. What a winner! the powers that be thought it would be fitting to name a race at the festival after the big man and so there you have it, The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
Fred Winter sadly passed away in 2004, but he will go down in Cheltenham Festival folk law as a true legend and his name literally lives on in this race.
The Fred Winter is a relatively new addition to the Cheltenham timetable, being added with the decision to increase the festival madness to an all inclusive four days rather than three in 2005.
It was initially contested as a listed race, but as with the Coral Cup, was upgraded to grade 3 status in 1999.
- The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is classified as a class 1, grade 3 National Hunt Handicap Hurdle.
- The race will be contested at a start time of 16:40 on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.
- The race is open to horses aged four years old only.
- The race is a little over 2 miles in distance, 2 miles half a furlong to be precise.
- There are eight hurdles for the novices to navigate.
- The purse in 2012 was circa £60k, with first place receiving £34k.