It’s one of Newburys big days of the year on Saturday as they run one of the great Handicap Hurdles of the season and certainly one of the most lucrative, The BetFair Hurdle formerly the Schweppes.
This is a top end Handicap and has been won by Champion Hurdle winners and contenders, that’s the sort of quality we are talking to win this. It has also been a race where promising Novices are pitched into their first handicap with the Trainer hoping he has been let in leniently with a horse that is still improving giving him chance to scoop the pool.
It is notoriously difficult for the handicapper to handicap a novice against the older horses and it can be as difficult for punters to know whether this years crop are any good. My own view is that in this race it’s often better to ask the high quality horses to give weight away as opposed to looking at the lower end although it must be said in this race the lower end of the handicap are still good quality horses.
I can pass on to you a big word for a forgotten horse who has been out of the public eye for a long time but has been set up for this race with an almost military precision. The horse is Cheltenian and is available at 10/1 with Betvictor I suspect he may be half that on the day. This horse won the Cheltenham bumper 3 years ago then suffered an injury. The Hobbs team have nursed him back to full fitness and have only run him once in a facile success at Uttoxeter. They feel he has a handicap mark they can do some damage with and make no mistake this is a seriously good horse who could be about to reward his connections patience. If you wanted to play the Antepost market I wouldn’t put you off that 10/1 as they are going to punt him on the day.
There is also a great supporting card so make sure your glued to the TV on Saturday afternoon!
At Stable Line Gold we landed a real touch at 9/2 yesterday in the mud at Carlisle, plenty more where that pearler came from, so join us!
Back next Thursday.
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