Long Walk Hurdle Betting Odds Comparison - Ascot

19/12/2020 14:25:00

The Long Walk Hurdle is one of the biggest horse races of the National Hunt season, with this encounter taking place on 19 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.

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.