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Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle 2013 Contenders
Mon, Mar 4th, 2013

The runners and riders for the 2013 Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle will be confirmed at the overnight stage on March 11 2013. The race is a 2 mile handicap hurdle for four year old horses.

The weights for the race have been confirmed but these could increase if the top weighted horse Blood Cotil  takes up an alternative entry in the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle. Of the horses officially rated 140, we would be inclined to think Stocktons Wing will run here whereas Vasco Du Ronceray is more likely to head for the Triumph. AP McCoy indicated in his Telegraph column that Stocktons Wing was his likely race mount in the race. We have noticed that the Johnjo O'Neill trained Another Sensation also runs in the colours of his boss JP Mc Manus and could provide him with an alternative mount.

Figuring out which horse Ruby Walsh will ride is tricky to say the least. We would however be fairly confident his pick will go off favourite. The Paul Nicholl's trained Saphir Du Reu has displaced stablemate Ptit Zig at the top of the market and Walsh also has the choice of four more horses in the top nine in the betting - the Ricci owned, Mullins trained quartet Fatcatinthehat, Djakadam, Blood Cotil and Kalmann.

Of the other top jockeys Barry Geraghty looks to have a straight choice between Vasco Du Ronceray and Megalypos, Richard Johnson's most likely mount would be Philip Hobb's Pistol and Paul Carberry might be expected to get the leg up on Gordon Elliott's Fisher.

Fillies have a tremendous record in the race winning four of the eight renewals from about 10% of total representation. Alan King's L'Unique and John Quinn's Cockney Sparrow look the most likely to do it again for the girls in 2013.

Second guessing trainer targets can be a quick way to the poor house so taking bookmakers running Cheltenham Festival non runner no bet concessions is sensible in our view.

For what its worth we have tried to match runners and jockeys in the table below and will update as more information comes our way. We also have a Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle Trends page. If you have race view we would like to hear it on our  Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle discussion thread

NO

FORM

HORSE/LTO

AGE

WGT

TRAINER

JOCKEY

OR

1

34-114

Blood Cotil32

4

11-10

W P Mullins

144

2

31221

Stocktons Wing18

4

11-6

Charles O´Brien

A P McCoy

140

3

211232

Vasco Du Ronceray18

4

11-6

N J Henderson

140

4

2F1

Fatcatinthehat46

4

11-5

W P Mullins

139

5

113

Ruacana32

4

11-5

John Ferguson

139

6

2-U1

Djakadam25

4

11-4

W P Mullins

138

7

1-1213

Sametegal22

4

11-4

Paul Nicholls

138

8

2115

Only Orsenfoolsies11

4

11-3

M Hammond

W Renwick

137

9

37433

Megalypos67

4

11-3

N J Henderson

B J Geraghty

137

10

312229

Caid Du Berlais32

4

11-3

Paul Nicholls

137

11

551-

Viconte Du Noyer322

4

11-2

W P Mullins

136

12

17116

Chris Pea Green18

4

11-2

Gary Moore

J Moore

136

13

1123

Fisher77

4

11-2

Gordon Elliott

P Carberry

136

14

112

Dogora18

4

11-2

W P Mullins

136

15

211

Pistol26

4

11-2

Philip Hobbs

R Johnson

135

16

4113

L´Unique18

4

11-1

Alan King

135

17

2O1

Bordoni36

4

11-0

John Ferguson

134

18

2121

Cockney Sparrow12 5x

4

11-0

John Quinn

134

19

P81

Kalmann122

4

10-13

W P Mullins

133

20

6112

Hilali14F

4

10-13

Gary Brown

133

21

211

Totalize27

4

10-11

Brian Ellison

131

22

U13143

South South West18

4

10-11

Patrick J Flynn

A J McNamara

131

23

4141

Counsel61

4

10-10

Donald McCain

130

24

331

Saphir Du Rheu65

4

10-10

Paul Nicholls

130

25

9241

Ptit Zig35

4

10-10

Paul Nicholls

130

26

1152

Mcvicar28F

4

10-09

Alan King

129

27

21253

Handazan12

4

10-08

Alan King

128

28

522

Zamdy Man25

4

10-08

V Williams

128

29

2-8U

Another Sensation96

4

10-08

Jonjo O´Neill

128

30

125

Flaxen Flare32

4

10-07

Gordon Elliott

127

31

663

Milord32

4

10-06

Kim Bailey

126

32

331

Habesh26F

4

10-06

E M O´Sullivan

126

33

234

Three Kingdoms20

4

10-06

John Ferguson

126

34

174

Knight Of Pleasure25

4

10-05

Gary Moore

125

35

513

Angelot Du Berlais34

4

10-05

Dr R Newland

125

36

1192

Halogen135

4

10-05

Donald McCain

125

37

143

Dovils Date74

4

10-05

Tim Vaughan

125

38

222

Ibsen25

4

10-04

J J Murphy

124

39

21134

Tidal Way38

4

10-04

C Longsdon

124

40

242

Sash Of Honour26

4

10-04

Tim Vaughan

124

41

142

King Of Dudes21

4

10-04

Alan King

124

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