Long Walk Hurdle Betting Tips – 23rd December 2017

Publish: 26.05.2018

The Christmas period is one of the best times of the year for sports fans. Sports as varied as football, dart and cricket provide top quality action around the world and horse racing fans have some wonderful races ahead of them.

The biggest meetings from a punters’ perspective take place on Boxing Day but there’s plenty to enjoy before sitting down to the Christmas dinner.

Take the Christmas Racing Weekend at Ascot for example. Families, seasoned punters and those who only visit a meeting or two a year will head to the Berkshire course this weekend with the pick of the action being the Long Walk Hurdle.

Past Five Winners

2016 – Unowhatimeanharry, aged 8, ridden by Barry Geraghty, trained by Harry Fry
2015 – Thistlecrack, aged 7, ridden by Tom Scudamore, trained by Colin Tizzard
2014 – Reve De Sivola, aged 9, ridden by Daryl Jacob, trained by Nick Williams
2013 – Reve De Sivola, aged 8, ridden by Richard Johnson, trained by Nick Williams
2012 – Reve De Sivola, aged 7, ridden by Richard Johnson, trained by Nick Williams

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Trends to Look Out for as Horses Look to Replicate Reve De Sivola

The loss of Reve De Sivola as the 12-year-old was competing at Kelso in March was one of the sadder stories of the year in horse racing. Tributes poured in from all areas of the sport and fittingly, the race that he won three times has been renamed the Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle for the 2017 edition.

As well as winning fans for his massive heart, Reve De Sivola gives us an idea of what to look for in a potential winner of this year’s Long Walk Hurdle.

The first thing to consider is that this is a long hurdle race at 3m 1f. Long distance hurdling is a real specialism. Therefore, many of those who’ve claimed this Grade 1 race previously went on to compete in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival the following March.

Before Reve De Sivola’s three wins, the Long Walk Hurdle was won three times by Big Buck’s. The dominance of those two is one of the reasons why all but two of the last 10 renewals were won by the bookies’ favourite.

In terms of the age, nine of the last 12 winners were between six and eight while it’s rare to find a winner who’s not previously been victorious in a hurdle over at least 24 furlongs.

Experience is important with most recent winners having at least 10 hurdles under their belt but those who have already been tested at Grade 1 level should be favoured.

Can the Favourite Become Another Multiple Long Walk Winner

Given what we know about the record of favourites in the Long Walk Hurdle, connections of Unowhatimeanharry have to be excited about Saturday’s race.

Harry Fry’s nine-year-old announced himself as one of the premier long distance hurdlers around by winning this race 12 months ago. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete the double by securing the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. If all goes well at Ascot though he’ll have a great chance of putting that right in March.

Beer Goggles’ surprise win in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle ahead of Unowhatimeanharry is nothing to be too concerned about and we’re happy to back him at 7/4 with Betfair now that he’s back racing off level weights.

Sam’s Time to Shine?

Unowhatimeanharry is the one the others have to beat but perhaps the most interesting bet of the Long Walk Hurdle is Sam Spinner at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.

Jedd O’Keeffe’s five-year-old still has plenty to prove at this level but what better time to show what he’s capable of?

Sam Spinner was impressive enough in a handicap at Chepstow on his seasonal reappearance and followed that up by winning the Betfair Stayers Handicap Hurdle at Haydock last month.

A win would be a surprise by Sam Spinner can certainly claim a place at 9/1.

Top Betting Tips

Unowhatimeanharry to win at 7/4 with Betfair

Sam Spinner each-way at 9/1 with Ladbrokes

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