Feb 9 2018
Betfair Hurdle Tips and Betting Offers, Newbury, 10th February 2018
With a value of £155,000, the Betfair Hurdle stands as Britain’s richest handicap hurdle of the season. The highly prized Grade 3 race takes place over a distance of two miles and 110 yards on Newbury’s left-handed galloping course. It’s a race which has been on the go since 1963, taking place at Aintree before moving to its current home a year later.
Betfair Hurdle Betting Tips and Offers
- Jenkins to win at 11/1 with 888sport
- Silver Streak each way at 14/1 with Ladbrokes
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The leading trainer in this race is none other than Nicky Henderson who refused to say which of his five entries he deemed to have the best chance. The bookies believe it is Jenkins who is trading at 11/1 with 888sport after performing strongly in his last two outings. First was comfortable win at Kempton, followed up with Grade 3 success at Ascot in what was a competitive field. James Bowen rode the six-year-old to victory that day with a five pound allowance which he can claim again here. This could well be enough to make the difference for Jenkins whose official rating puts him as the top weight in this race.
Also flying the flag for Nicky Henderson is the mare Kayf Grace (12/1, BetVictor) who has been priced as the favourite in all three of her hurdles starts. Two of these ended up with victory but she performed poorly at Ascot in November, beaten by over 13 lengths. At eight-year-old her age is a concern and she has also been bumped up eight pounds following her recent win at Kempton. Stablemate Verdana Blue (14/1, Coral) also hasn’t been given an easy ride by the handicappers and will carry 11st 9lbs in this race. One win in her last six hurdles start doesn’t read too well either especially as on three occasions she was the favourite or joint favourite.
Interestingly the last 11 Betfair Hurdle champions have all been aged either five or six, this is despite a large proportion of older horses being involved over the years. Looking to keep the trend going is the inexperienced Kalashnikov (12/1, Betfair). Amy Murphy’s horse only made his hurdles debut in November but took not time impressing when when cruising to victory at Wetherby. That, plus another easy win at Doncaster saw him given a try out in the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle. A second place finish in testing conditions would have pleased Murphy who will be expecting more in better conditions at Newbury. One to watch out for.
Also a trend to look out for is the weight, no winner in the last 15 has ridden with more than 11st 7lb. Comfortably under this limit is Silver Streak who has done well in his two starts this season, winning at Chepstow and runner-up at Ascot. He’s a horse that relishes a race around the two mile mark and good to soft going should be just about right too. Since being picked up by Evan Williams just over a year ago, performances have improved markedly and further progress can be expected from the five-year-old.