2021 Long Walk Hurdle Betting Odds at Ascot racecourse

Saturday, 18 December 2021

The Long Walk Hurdle is one of the biggest horse races of the National Hunt season, with this encounter taking place on 18 December and it’s another big test of stamina at Ascot Racecourse, with this being run over a distance of three miles and half a furlong.

2021 Long Walk Hurdle Betting Tips

The Long Walk Hurdle is one of the biggest three mile staying races on the National Hunt calendar, with some of the leading contenders battling it out for the big prize and this season’s winner banks a cool £60,000.

There are some well-known horses who will look to claim the honours at Ascot before the trainers set sight on competing in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, with Buzz and Thyme Hill among the leading contenders for the former encounter.

Can Buzz Live Up to the Hype at Ascot?

Buzz is certainly Nicky Henderson’s main hope of winning the Long Walk Hurdle, with the seven-year-old having won the Coral Hurdle on 20 November. The horse was the even money favourite when obliging against horses such as Song For Someone, Guard Your Dreams and Goshen.

Previously to this, there was an 8/1 triumph in the Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap and the horse ran a blinder at bigger odds of 22/1 in the Aintree Hurdle which suggests that there’s every chance that he will be in the shake-up here.

Thyme Hill Looking To Go One Better

Thyme Hill signed off last season by winning the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle and that 5/2 success demonstrated that he was still among the top-class performers over three miles. In the Long Walk Hurdle last term, it was a close-run thing against Paisley Park before the Philip Hobbs-trained horse lost by a neck.

However, there was a disappointing fifth place at Auteuil when running in the Grand Prix d'Automne and that probably explains why the bookies are happy to take on this charge when it comes to this encounter.

Could Champ and Ronald Pump Be in the Reckoning?

Champ is another Henderson contender who has to be respected, with the nine-year-old having previously gone over the bigger obstacles. He actually ran in the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in March before being pulled up, with connections making the decision to put him back over hurdles.

We know that the runner has stamina in abundance and it was only two seasons when the horse produced fireworks up the Cheltenham hill to win the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase, with Henderson hopeful of a big run here.

Ronald Pump recently ran in the Hattons Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse and there was plenty to like about his second placed finish before the champion hurdler that is Honeysuckle. Sent off at 22/1 for this clash over two miles and four furlongs, trainer Matthew J Smith will be highly encouraged by this performance.


2020 Long Walk Hurdle Betting Tips

We recently saw a fantastic race take place at Newbury Racecourse when the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle was run, with Thyme Hill claiming the spoils at a starting price of 7/2, with Paisley Park and McFabulous beaten into second and third place on good ground.

Will Thyme Hill Become the New King of Long Distance Hurdling?

Thyme Hill ran a blinder at Newbury and is now trading as betting favourite with some bookies to win the Long Walk Hurdle and really stake his claim when it comes to winning the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next March, with Philip Hobbs having a real contender over this distance.

The six-year-old ran in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in March and only managed to finish fourth, with Monkfish, Latest Exhibition and Fury Road the horses that managed to beat him, although he now appears to be prospering over a longer distance.

It’s worth noting that the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle was a tactical race which played into the hands of the horse, with others in the field looking to topple him this time around.

Paisley Park Bidding to Go One Better and Reclaim Crown

Paisley Park remains one of the leading stayers when it comes to the UK and Irish National Hunt scene, with the eight-year-old having run below-par in the Stayers Hurdle back in March although connections were delighted by his performance in the recent Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle when finishing second.

Indeed, the Emma Lavelle-trained charge clearly benefitted from an outing and the defeat was by the fairly narrow margin of 1.5 lengths, with the horse demonstrating that he’s still a contender to win the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle.

Can Sire Du Berlais or Fury Road Make an Impact?

Sire Du Berlais will be making an appearance at this Ascot spectacular bidding to win a third consecutive race after the Gordon Elliott-trained charge claimed a victory in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival before winning the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan and this was a Grade 2 encounter where some serious contenders were beaten.

The horse has to be on the betting shortlist to win this clash, while Fury Road has already had the beating of Thyme Hill once before and there’s a reasonable chance that Gordon Elliott could have a decent contender running in the Gigginstown colours, with the horse enjoying a straightforward victory at Punchestown in the middle of November.