Sam To Leave His Rivals In A Spin During The Stayers Hurdle At Cheltenham

Posted: Thursday, 15th March 2018
Author: Chris Knight

There will be a new winner of the Stayers Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival on Thursday afternoon following the sad demise of reigning champion Nichols Canyon and it is Sam Spinner who is the bookmakers' favourite for this three-mile contest...

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Sam Spinner to win    Best Bet 4/1

The Big Four

Sixteen of the past seventeen winners of the Stayers Hurdle have come from the front-four of the betting market and it is Sam Spinner who is a marginal favourite at 4/1 with Coral. Jedd O'Keeffe's 6-year-old was beaten on seasonal debut but he has developed into a fine hurdler since then, winning a sixteen-runner handicap at Haydock before landing the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

Sam Spinner could become the dominant force in this division and he looks to be a worthy favourite.

Leading the opposition is Yanworth (11/2), who was a beaten favourite in the Champion Hurdle twelve months ago before trying his luck over fences this season. Not all has gone to plan over the bigger obstacles though and Alan King's 8-year-old will revert back to hurdles on Wednesday, which is perhaps a sensible choice as Yanworth has won eight of his ten starts, including victory over Supasundae in the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree last April.

The 2017 Coral Cup winner, Supasundae (11/2), takes his chance for Jessica Harrington after winning the Irish Champion Hurdle last month. The 8-year-old was beaten by Apple's Jade on his only previous start over three miles at Christmas. Willie Mullins' Bacardys completes 'the big four' after winning three times over hurdles last year, including a pair of victories in Grade 1 company. The 7-year-old has struggled over fences and is another who returns to hurdles this week, with Betfred pricing him 10/1.

The Best Of The Rest

Unowhatimeanharry (10/1) won four times last season but could only finish third in this race twelve months ago and he has plenty to find after finishing third, behind Sam Spinner, in his Long Walk defence. Harry Fry's 10-year-old is bidding to defy a trend that has seen only one horse aged 10+ win the Stayers Hurdle.

The New One is also bidding to defy that age trend as the 10-year-old heads to the Stayers following four cracks at the Champion Hurdle. The 12/1 shot has won the Welsh Champion Hurdle and landed Haydock's Champion Hurdle Trial for a fourth year running this season.

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