Publish: 11.03.2016

Long Walk Betting Preview

The Long Walk Hurdle takes place from Ascot on Saturday afternoon and it will be one of the highlights of day’s action. The race itself is run over the distance of around three miles and one furlong and 14 hurdles will be jumped.

The bookmakers have had to have a serious change around in the betting for this one as Big Buck’s had to be withdrawn with an injury. National Hunt racing’s superstar has won this race the last three years and would have been the favourite, however his injury means that it is be wide open.

Paul Nicholls is the trainer of Big Buck’s of course and although he will be devastated by the injury, he could still taste success in this one as he is set to enter Prospect Wells and Five Dream.

Prospect Wells does look to be his best chance of victory as he is at 6/1 with BetVictor. Then, Five Dream can be backed at 16/1 with Boylesports.

With the race looking to be so tight, Nicholls knows that these two are in contention and you can expect him to get his tactics spot-on for this Long Walk Hurdle.

The current favourite with the bookies is Alan King’s Smad Place, who is at 5/2 with Stan James. Few can doubt that Smad Place is a very talented jumper, but an improvement is needed on his only race of the season so far, which saw him come in third place.

Trustan Times has won twice already this campaign and could prove to be a big contender for this race. A bet on the gelding will give you odds of 3/1 over at William Hill. When it comes to horses that are in form, then Trustan Times is certainly leading the way.

As ever, Nicky Henderson will have a good chance of a winner and the trainer is set to run both Cucumber Run and Master Of The Hall. They are at 10/1 and 12/1 respectively with Ladbrokes, so it might be a bit of an upset if they do come out on top.

However, Henderson is one of the highest-rated trainers around, so it would be foolish to rule him out of contention.

Reve De Sivola is then a 9/2 shot with Bet365 and we think that you should be placing your bets on this horse. The Nick Williams-trainer gelding cam second to Big Buck’s earlier in the month and could now be ready to show he means real business.

It will be a tough ask, but Reve de Sivola showed he has the quality to come out on top.

It is sure to be a fascinating race that will bring the crowds at Ascot in.