Racing Preview: Back Unowhatimeanharry to shine on the Long Walk stage at Ascot

Get our horse racing betting pick for Saturday's 2.25pm Long Walk at Ascot
At 11/8 a £10 bet would return £23.75

2.25pm Ascot – Unowhatimeanharry at 11/8 (2.38) with BetVictor

Saturday’s Big Race Tip

2.25pm Ascot – Unowhatimeanharry at 11/8 (2.38) with BetVictor

With Thistlecrack making a successful and promising start to chasing, the staying hurdle division has lost its champion and main attraction. But at Newbury last month a new star could well have been born. This eight-year-old trained by Harry Fry and owned by JP McManus is unbeaten in his last six starts over hurdles and is the warm favourite to continue this run in Saturday’s JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

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BetVictor is offering a top price of 11/8, which may seem a little short in a Grade 1 race, but the horse does have a bit of star quality in a division that is now needing a new leading light.

Before Newbury, we hadn’t seen Unoknowhatimeanharry since he won the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival back in March. Since joining trainer Harry Fry, this fella is a new horse. He now travels with ease, usually in the mid to back of the field, he jumps well and responds to his rider exceptionally under pressure. This is another step up in class for sure, but he is the one they all have to beat.

The likes of Lil Rockerfeller and P’tit Zig are solid competitors but have never been out and out stayers, while the like of Reve De Sivola – a three time winner of this – isn’t getting any younger and needs the heavens to open.

The Simon Munir owned and French trained Alex De Larredya is the potential elephant in the room, on the back of an eye catching Grade 1 victory at Auteuil last time out. This gelding may only be six, but has a wealth of experience and cannot be underestimated if making the trip.

But Unowhatimeanharry did look a formidable staying hurdler at Newbury, where he readily outgunned Ballyoptic and solid yardstick Menorah in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle. Harry Fry’s inmate can make the transition to Grade 1 under Barry Geraghty and harden in the market for the World Hurdle in March. He is currently a 5/1 second favourite for that contest, behind former champion hurdler Faugheen.

 

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