Monday 6 March 2017

Stayers’ Hurdle, Thursday, March 16

No prizes for originality, I’m afraid, but Unowhimeanharry has won all eight starts – including the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at last year’s Cheltenham Festival and the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December – since joining Harry Fry and looks a worthy favourite.

The Sir Harry Lewis gelding was rated 123 when winning a 0-125 conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle, over 2 miles 5 furlongs, on the Old Course at Cheltenham on his debut for the yard 2 years and 4 months ago, but has officially improved by 44lb, or 3st 2lb, in the interim. In fact, his current rating of 167 makes him the highest rated hurdler in the country and, as a course and distance winner with no apparent ground preference, he must take a world of beating. Unfortunately, that fact hasn’t escaped the bookmakers, but the 5/4 available with Sky Bet, on a ‘non-runner no bet’ (NRNB) basis, could still look decent value when he sets off up the run-in next Thursday.

Selection: Cheltenham 3.30 Unowhimeanharry to win (5/4 with Sky Bet NRNB)

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