Free tips Saturday Racing Tips: Unowhatimeanharry to shine on big day of jumps action at Ascot
2.25pm Ascot, Unowhatimeanharry – 5pts at 6/4 with Coral
(Or 8/1 at Paddy Power for new customers!)
3.35pm Ascot, Golden Spear – 2pts each-way at 7/1 Betway
The Grade 1 JCB Long Walk Hurdle has seen some great staying hurdlers win the Ascot showcase down the years and Harry Fry’s Unowhatimeanharry is the favourite to add his name to the roll of honour at 2.25pm on Saturday.
Last season’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle winner looked a star when running away with a good renewal of the Long Distance hurdle at Newbury last month.
The eight-year-old gelding, owned by JP McManus, is a top price of 6/4 with Coral and so is strongly fancied to land the spoils for favourite backers.
In opposition is interesting French horse Alex De Larredya, a dark horse with lots of experience who seems to be improving. Lil Rockerfeller and P’Tit Zig are solid horses that can make an impact at this level, but will do well to win.
While Ballyoptic was well held at Newbury and needs to improve to beat the market leader. Reve De Sivola is a legend in this race, but the rain may not arrive on time.
Overall, this is a window of opportunity for an in-form, improving and hungry pretender and the chief of those here is most certainly Unowhatimeanharry.
He is a good jumper and has a great turn of foot as well. At 6/4 with Coral he is the selection with Barry Geraghty in the saddle.
At 3.35pm the £150,000 Wessex Youth Handicap Hurdle is a quality Grade 3 affair which will be shown live on Channel 4 Racing. Hargam the top weight is a 40/1 shot here, a glimpse at the quality of the race. Alan King’s highly regard Who Dares Wins and the ever-present Irish raider in valuable handicaps Quick Jack also catch the eye toward the head of the handicap, both trading at double figure odds.
Tony Martin could have the winner in the form of the bottom weight Golden Spear however, an unexposed five-year-old that comes into this contest carrying just 10st 1lb, with top Irish apprentice Donagh Meyler claiming 3lb on top. He hasn’t been seen since 2015 over jumps, but won the November handicap at Leopardstown last time out and is interestingly handicapped now back over hurdles.
Consul De Thaix is worthy of note for the Nicky Henderson stable on his second start of the campaign, while the likes of Diego Du Charmil and Wolf of Windlesham are also respected. The second of Ascot’s big races can go across the pond to Ireland by way of a Tony Martin trained winner in Golden Spear.