Progressive Thomas Campbell to storm to Long Walk Hurdle win at Ascot

Saturday 23rd December, 2017 - 2:25 Ascot - Long Walk Hurdle

Unowhatimeanharry beat Lil Rockerfeller by four-and-a-half lengths in last year's Long Walk Hurdle and that pair will do battle again in the Ascot showpiece on Saturday afternoon, where a host of top class staying hurdlers will do battle in what should be a real festive treat for punters heading to the Berkshire venue.

  • Unowhatimeanharry won this race 12 months ago
  • Lil Rockerfeller won the Coral Hurdle last time out
  • Thomas Campbell has won his last two races at Cheltenham

Saturday 23rd December - 2.25pm OddsWon/LostBet
Long Walk Hurdle    
Tips Thomas Campbell to win    Best Bet @ 6 / 1  

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A multiple Graded winner, Unowhatimeanharry has become one of the most consistent hurdlers in training, but he suffered a shock defeat last time out in the Long Distance Hurdle, as Beer Goggles downed the Harry Fry-trained raider at Newbury, but despite that defeat the JP McManus-owned raider will be a 15/8 market leader with bet365 for this contest.

He is sure to run a solid race, but he could well find one rival a little too good in this contest, which is jam-packed with quality, and he is sure to have a titanic tussle with Lil Rockerfeller and L'Ami Serge, who are both 9/2 with bet365 for this weekend highlight.

The former is another that will always put up a bold bid, but he has often struggled at the very highest level, and it's L'Ami Serge that makes more appeal, as he can turn around his recent Coral Hurdle defeat to Lil Rockerfeller at Ascot, and Nicky Henderson's charge can at least challenge for victory.

Campbell And Spinner The Progressive Runners

Henderson will have another notable rival in the shape of Thomas Campbell, who has eased to a brace of wins at Cheltenham in handicap company, and will now step up into Graded action, and is an eye-catching runner for the Seven Barrows team, and is certainly the value play at 6/1 with Unibet.

His two-and-a-half length defeat of Anteros last time out saw him build on a previous win at Prestbury Park, and while he will need a lot more to win at this level he shaped like he could be a real top notch stayer this season, and he is worth taking a chance with against the fancied few at the head of the betting.

Sam Spinner is another performer that is thriving this year, and was a fine winner of a competitive handicap hurdle at Haydock Park, but the 9/1 chance with Coral looks will be another that has to progress immeasurably, and may just come unstuck against some classier opponents.

Best Of The Rest

The Worlds End was down the field behind Sam Spinner at Haydock, but should improve for his first run of the season, and at 12/1 with William Hill is worth a second look, while Taquin Du Seuil (25/1) and Agrapart (28/1) add more depth to the race, which could see Thomas Campbell launch himself into the Stayers' Hurdle reckoning at the Cheltenham Festival.

2017 Long Walk Hurdle Odds

Posted: Friday, 22nd December 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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