Betfair Hurdle Spiritofthegames - Each Way

Horse racing - Newbury - 10 Feb 15:35

I can't believe Spiritofthegames is still available at 25/1, it looks way too big. Bridget Andrews is booked to ride so he's a confirmed runner, although Betfair do NRNB anyway, and following the jockey booking I fully expected the odds to shorten quickly.

Last time out Spiritofthegames was 2nd in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton, beaten just 3/4 of a length. It's a race that's already thrown up a big winner and I expect many more to come out of it.

1st in the Lanzarote was William Henry who's subsequently gone up to a mark of 151 - the best horse here is rated just 148!

4th was Topofthegame who came out and won a Grade 3 last weekend and has subsequently gone up to a mark of 150 - again the best here is just 148!

Even 3rd place Red Indian was around evens to win today off 137 before the meeting was abandoned, had he won he'd have franked that form further and gone up to 143+.

So having been sandwiched between horses now rated 150 & 151 you would have to think that Spiritofthegames should be going close in this race where the best horse is rated just 148.

Spiritofthegames still remains on a mark of just 139 himself so given the Lanzarote form I suspect he could be a 150 rated horse and therefore very well treated here.

The drop back from 21 furlongs to 16 might be the reason for the odds but I'm not concerned at all. This race is likely to be ran at a fast pace bringing stamina into play, the race might simply be set up for something like Spiritofthegames.

He ticks plenty of trends. 5 or 6 year olds have won the last 11 renewals - Spiritofthegames is a 6 year old.

The last 15 winners all carried a weight of 11-7 or less - Spiritofthegames carries 11-3.

13 of the last 15 winners placed in the top 3 last time out - Spiritofthegames was 2nd last time out.

Overall he's got career form figures of 1-1-4-2-1-1-3-2 so he's consistent and proved last time out that he's up to this level.

Just so much to like here but mostly that last time out form, I think he's a major player and should be a much shorter price. He's never finished out of the top 4 either so has to be double stakes.

4 places at 1/4 odds. NRNB just in case.
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Stake: 20 29.00William Hill
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