While excitement for the Gold Cup can often overwhelm Cheltenham’s third day, we’re expecting big things on Thursday. The headline act on Day Three is the Stayers’ Hurdle, a 24 furlong Grade 1, which should be pretty entertaining given the number of horses jostling just to be favourite approaching the starting line. Ahead of this year’s edition, we have the latest Stayers Hurdle odds and predictions for you to take a look at.
Who Will Lead the Betting Here?
The Stayers’ Hurdle is hotly contested for the favourite tag alone. There are four horses in single figures with the bookies, while three are all jostling to be the favourite. While Penhill is out at 9/1 with Ladbrokes, there are three all around the 4/1 mark who look like contenders for this race. That’s a pretty exciting way to build up to Thursday, but just which of those three will come out on top?
Sam Spinner to Circle the Pack
Sam Spinner heads in to the Stayers Hurdle as the favourite, coming in priced up at 4/1 with Coral. There’s not much between him and Supasundae at 5/1 with Betfair, while Yanworth follows at 5/1 with BetVictor. That’s quite a tight line-up for one of the biggest races at the festival, and we expect to see plenty of movement among those three ahead of the start on Thursday.
We see Sam Spinner’s good form taking him to glory here, especially as he eased to a win a Ascot late last year, beating many of his rivals here. The likes of L’ami Serge and Unowhatimeanharry were in contention for that one, and the stamina showed by Sam Spinner should make him the favourite, and we’re backing him to go on and edge out the likes of Supasundae and Yanworth, especially as the latter struggled at least year’s festival.
New One to Watch
On top of that, our each way pick for this race is The New One. While the main contenders have all been cut down to around the same price, The New One is down at 12/1 with Betfred to throw a spanner in the works and come away with a win. He’s certainly capable of challenging at the top end, with his strong hurdle record backing him up.
The New One started off 2018 with a victory at Haydock, which followed back to back second place finishes. There’s certainly a chance for the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained horse to push the leaders, and we can see him causing a stir with a top three finish. We like the look of the 10-year-old as an each way pick, especially with a decent price behind him, thanks to the scramble at the top which allows The New One to fly in under the radar.