World Hurdle West Approach - Each Way

Horse racing - World Hurdle - 16 Mar 15:30

This is the World Hurdle. A 24 furlong, Grade 1, Hurdle. West Approach is a 6 year old gelding, trained by Colin Tizzard. West Approach runs in the same colours as stable mate and last years World Hurdle winner Thistlecrack. This season Thistlecrack is going over fences so I suspect these owners will want West Approach going for the World Hurdle. West Approach is actually a half-brother to Thistlecrack anyway, he's got the potential to be just as good and it's another reason to suspect he will campaigned with the World Hurdle in mind.

Apparently West Approach turns a lot of heads at home with the work he puts in, that would suggest he definitely has the potential to be as good as his half-bother. He's also still only 6 years old and it wasn't until Thistlecrack was 6 years old that he started getting good. Both horses contested the Neptune Novice Hurlde Trial at Cheltenham in their first season over hurdles. Thistlecrack only finished 7th and was beaten 60 lengths, West Approach finished 3rd, beaten 10 lengths. A very small pointer as to where these horses both were at the same stage of their careers. Thistlecrack then progressed very rapidly and went on to contest and win the World Hurdle in his second season over hurdles. With lot a similarities between these half-brothers I suspect West Approach has a fair chance of following suit.

West Approach has looked a decent horse in his own right anyway, no surprise given the pedigree. He won a bumper on debut and since going over hurdles has ran well at a high level. On two separate occasions last season he wasn't far behind the eventual Albert Bartlett winner Unowhatimeanharry, that's solid form. He actually contested the Albert Bartlett himself but was beaten 50 lengths, having got close to the winner twice previously something was clearly amiss that day, although the Cheltenham experience gained should prove useful.

He did end the season with an impressive front running win over 16 furlongs, again pointing to his poor effort in the Albert Bartlett being an off day. He already has strong from at 24 furlongs and this is the trip he's bred for, given his age he should be campaigned solely at this trip this time. I do think he needs to improve on previous form to be a genuine win contender for this but just look at how his half-brother progressed rapidly with age. If West Approach can improve in a similar way, which the way he works at home suggests he can, then why can't he win a World Hurdle.

I'm happy to take 66/1 with the view of following his progress this season and hopefully seeing him at the festival in March. Bet365 are offering odds of 67.00. Each Way terms are 3 places at 1/4 odds.
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Stake: 10 26.00Bet365
Bets Placed
CJ

CJ (+2,542.69) bet £5.00 on this tip.

67.00
Adriano

Adriano (-4.24) bet £10.00 on this tip.

67.00
Andrew Landry

Andrew Landry (+1,541.98) bet £10.00 on this tip.

101.00

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