Huge 80-1 underdog Jeff Kidder pulls clear to win the Boodles Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival



Huge 80-1 underdog Jeff Kidder romps home to beat red-hot favourite Saint Sam and claim shock victory in the Boodles Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Jeff Kidder delivered a huge shock, and a fourth victory on Tuesday’s card for Ireland, with an 80-1 success in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Sean Flanagan came through a packing field to lead at the last on Noel Meade’s outsider and hold on by two lengths from Mullins’ 9-2 favourite Saint Sam.

Flanagan was riding just his third British winner, and said: ‘I can’t believe it.

‘Coming here, we knew he was in great form – and Noel was very adamant he had a very, very big chance.

‘I was just worried he didn’t have enough experience … but he’s won quite well.’

Another big outsider Elham Valley was third, at 66-1.

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