Betfair Hurdle Betting Tips – 10th February 2018
The pick of the horse racing action this weekend takes place at Newbury. Super Saturday has plenty of exciting options for punters and it doesn’t get much more exciting than the Betfair Hurdle.
This Grade 3 handicap is open to four-year-olds and above and takes place over two miles, 110 yards with eight hurdles to navigate.
Recent renewals of the Betfair Hurdle have been claimed by impressive young horses who went on to win big titles at the following month’s Cheltenham Bets Festival.
If you’re looking for any positions to take in the Cheltenham ante post betting, the Betfair Hurdle could well give you a valuable insight into the Supreme Novices Hurdle. However, the top two in the betting for Saturday – Lalor and Jenkins – are outsiders at best for Cheltenham glory.
Leading contenders in the Betfair Hurdle have also gone on to do well in the Champion Hurdle and the Country Hurdle at Cheltenham so keep an eye on any big moves in the betting for those races as well.
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Past Five Winners
2017 – Ballyandy, aged 6, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
2016 – Agrapart, aged 5, ridden by Lizzie Kelly, trained by Nick Williams
2015 – Violet Dancer, aged 5, ridden by Josh Moore, trained by Gary Moore
2014 – Splash Of Ginge, aged 6, ridden by Ryan Hart, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
2013 – My Tent Or Yours, aged 6, ridden by Tony McCoy, trained by Nicky Henderson
My Tent Or Yours is among those who used the Betfair Hurdle as a springboard for even greater success.
Focus on Quality Horses Who Still Have Room for Improvement
The Betfair Hurdle is the richest handicap hurdle in Britain with £155,000 in prize money up for grabs. That’s enough to get anybody out of bed and it certainly attracts the attention of the big trainers as is clear from the list of recent winners above.
Moreover, all but two of the last 15 winners were rated 130 or higher while 12 of 15 had at least two previous hurdle wins to their name.
We’ve seen our fair share of winning favourites lately but it’s worth sounding a note of caution here. None of the last 15 Betfair Hurdle winners carried 11-8 or above.
The final thing to note is that Geos is the only horse older than seven to win this race since 1993.
Improving Henderson Horse Looks the Value
Lalor and Jenkins are the early favourites for the 2018 Betfair Hurdle. You can make a case for both of those, as you could with Kalashnikov and Waterlord but the one we really like the look of is Kayf Grace at 12/1 with Coral.
Nicky Henderson has had his fair share of success at Newbury and the veteran trainer is enthusiastic about the chances of his eight-year-old.
Although she is at the top end of the age profile for a Betfair Hurdle winner, Kayf Grace still has room to improve. That’s largely because, according to Henderson, she’s suffered with a muscle enzyme problem throughout her career but all is looking good in that regard currently.
After almost a year out with injury, Kayf Grace returned in less than impressive style at Ascot in November. However, she was at her very best when winning at Kempton last time out and is set to kick on for another impressive win.
Supplement Kayf Grace With a Couple of Each-Way Plays
The nature of this competitive handicap means it makes sense to have more than one line of attack with our bets.
Step forward Knocknanuss (14/1 with Betfair) and Misterton (20/1 with William Hill)
Knocknanuss had made three impressive apperances for Gary Moore this season but hasn’t been seen since Boxing Day. He did win very well that day at Fontwell and is still relatively unexposed by the handicapper so should do well off a competitive mark.
Misterton appeals because of his form in previous competitive handicaps over hurdles. He too heads to Newbury off the back of a decent break and Harry Fry looks to have made a smart choice saving his seven-year-old for this one.