Feb 18 2018
Stayers’ Hurdle Tips and Betting Offers, 15:30 at Cheltenham Festival Day Three, 15th March 2018
Day three of the Cheltenham Festival sees the second of the weeks championship hurdle contests provide the headline act, as the best of the stamina laden performers line up for this Grade 1, three-mile contest. Here we highlight a few of the likely contenders for glory and pick out our best bets for the race.
Stayers’ Hurdle 2018 Betting Tips and Free Bets
- Sam Spinner to win at 9/2 with Betfair
- L’Ami Serge each way at 12/1 with Coral
Also check out our betting previews of the other three Championship races:
Stayers’ Hurdle 2018 Betting Offers and Free Bets
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We’re expecting some BIG enhanced offers for the 2018 Stayers’ Hurdle in due course, and we’ll post all the details here. In the meantime check out our main Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers and Free Bets article for details of the latest Cheltenham promos.
We appear to have a new star in this division this season, with the emergence of the Jedd O’Keefe trained Sam Spinner as a serious force to be reckoned with in these staying contests. A winner of five of his seven starts at under 2m4f, he has taken his form to a new level since being stepped up to staying trips on his two most recent starts. A 17 length rout of the field in the Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle was good, an easy 2 ¾l victory in the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot last time out was if anything even better. Still only six years old, the best may be yet to come and he will be carrying our cash to land the biggest success of his career to date here.
Apple’s Jade would be a serious contender, but looks more likely to be set the task of defending her crown in the Mares Hurdle. Supasundae very nearly gave Apples Jade a fright last time out in a Grade 1 over this trip at Leopardstown though, and does look set to take up this engagement. No stranger to Cheltenham Festival success having landed the Coral Cup last season, the Jessica Harrington runner looks set to go well.
Penhill and Killultagh Vic from the powerful Willie Mullins yard also make the shortlist on ability. Penhill landed the Albert Bartlett in good style a year ago, but is yet to be seen out this season which tempers enthusiasm a little, whilst Killultagh Vic may ultimately be sent back over fences, but did win over hurdles on his recent comeback run and conquered the might Thistlecrack over the smaller obstacles back in 2015.
Having finished third in the JLT Novices Chase and second in the County Hurdle at the past two Festivals, Nicky Henderson’s, L’Ami Serge has proven to be fully effective at Cheltenham in March. He looked to be travelling best of all headed into the closing stages last time out in the Long Walk Hurdle, but had no answer to Sam Spinner in the end. Time may prove there was no shame in that and this ten year old by King’s Theatre rates the best each way option in the race to our eyes.