Betfair Hurdle Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Newbury, 9th February 2019
The high class jumping action continues into February with Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle. Here we take a look at some of the best odds and offers available, betting tips for the race and a look through its history.
The contest itself is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle run over Newbury’s left handed, stiff galloping track. Over a distance of two miles 110 yards, a field containing a number of the top handicap hurdlers in training will set off in pursuit of the prize fund which has risen to £155,000 over the years.
Betfair Hurdle Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Getaway Trump to win at 9/2 with RaceBets
- Mont Des Avaloirs each way at 14/1 with Ladbrokes
Betfair Hurdle Betting Offers
Betfair Hurdle 2019 Tips and Race Preview
The Betfair Hurdle is run every year in February and has been throwing up hints for the following month’s Cheltenham Festival for years now. Previous winners have gone on to either win or place in several big races at Prestbury Park including the Champion Hurdle, the County Hurdle and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
The latter was the route taken by last year’s winner Kalashnikov. His win in this Grade 3 handicap made it four winners who were either favourite or co-favourite. Connections of Al Dance and Getaway Trump will hope their charges can similarly justify the support they’re getting at the head of the market but with several tempting options throughout the betting this promises to be a cracking renewal of the Betfair Hurdle.
Nicholls’ Hope to be Rewarded
Many of the leading contenders from recent renewals of the Betfair Hurdle have gone on to have successful careers as chasers. That’s very much the plan for Getaway Trump should things pan out as connections believe they can.
The six-year-old’s trainer, Paul Nicholls, has been talking up his chances ahead of a return to Newbury where he was beaten into second place by Champ on his last appearance. Getaway Trump went into that race as a relative outsider at 10/1 but looked as though he was going to kick on to win in the closing stages.
Champ’s pace was just too much at the end of December but it was a performance that made the bookies sit up and take notice. Given that he should become a good chaser over longer distances it’s interesting that Nicholls has decided to drop Getaway Trump back to the 2m½f trip of the Betfair Hurdle. He is a versatile performer though and will face soft ground at a galloping track when he gets to Newbury so may find conditions are perfect to win at a best price of 9/2 with RaceBets.
Mont Des Avaloirs the Pick of the Each Way Shots
Although winning favourites are no rarity in the Betfair Hurdle it is a race that’s provided several betting upsets. In just the last 10 years winners have gone in at 16/1, 20/1 and 33/1 so it makes sense to have at least one each way bet to complement the main play on Getaway Trump.
The main each way option is a stablemate of Getaway Trump, Mont Des Avaloirs. Nicholls said that the six-year-old is very well thought of at home and that connections believe he is a classy hurdler despite a poor showing last time out at Ascot. That was a surprising performance given that he’s been consistent during his career to date. If he gets back to the levels he’s capable of Mont Des Avaloirs should contend at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
Other interesting options from further down the betting include Ch’tibello (20/1 with RaceBets) and Magic Dancer (40/1 with Coral) who can both compete should they arrive at Newbury in good shape and get their fair share of luck in running.
Betfair Hurdle Previous Winners
- 2018 – Kalashnikov – jockey Jack Quinlan, trainer Amy Murphy
- 2017 – Ballyandy – jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
- 2016 – Agrapart – jockey Lizzie Kelly, trainer Nick Williams
- 2015 – Violet Dancer – jockey Josh Moore, trainer Gary Moore
- 2014 – Splash Of Ginge – jockey Ryan Hatch, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
- 2013 – My Tent Or Yours – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2012 – Zarkandar – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2011 – Recession Proof – jockey Dougie Costello, trainer John Quinn
- 2010 – Get Me Out Of Here – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2009 – No Race – jockey n/a, trainer n/a
- 2008 – Wingman – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Gary Moore
- 2007 – Heathcote – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Gary Moore
- 2006 – No Race – jockey n/a, trainer n/a
Betfair Hurdle History
The first edition of this contest took place at the Merseyside track of Aintree, but the race has been contested at this Berkshire venue ever since. During this time the event has suffered more than most from the vagaries of the British weather. There were 11 abandonments or cancellations in all between 1969 and 2012.
Rosyth took the inaugural running for trainer H Ryan Price. The same horse followed up in 1964 to become the first (and so far only) horse to win the race in back to back years. Jockey aboard Rosyth for both victories was one Josh Gifford. In all Gifford teamed up with Price to win four of the first five running’s of this race. Fast forward to 1990 and Gifford had his name in lights here once again, this time as a trainer with Deep Sensation.
H Ryan Price isn’t the only trainer to have enjoyed a period of dominance in the history of this race. Nicky Henderson took the spoils four times in just seven years between 1998 and 2004, twice with Geos who became just the second horse to take the prize on more than one occasion. That horse’s second win came at the age of 9, also making him the oldest winner in the history of the race.
Gary Moore sent our three winners from his Sussex base between 2007 and 2015 for a trio of family successes. Each time the winner was partnered by one of his sons, twice by Jamie and once by Josh. Fans of the flat will of course be familiar with Ryan Moore, who is yet another of the talented Moore siblings.
The race was first sponsored by betting exchange giant Betfair in 2012, having previously benefitted from the backing of first Schweppes and later Tote Bookmakers.
Whoever the sponsor has been, it has often taken a pretty smart performer to land this prize. Star names on the roll of honour include the three time Champion Hurdle winner, Persian War; future Champion Chase victor, Deep Sensation; Champion Hurdler Make A Stand and the multiple Grade 1 winner Zarkandar.
Trends fans will be interested to note that 30 of the first 42 winners of this race were aged either five or six years old. A similarly strong pattern emerges when we look at the weight carried by the winner. On 30 of 42 occasions the horse to come home in front has been burdened with 11 stone or less.
These two statistics make sense, it is the younger horse who is more likely to be fleet of foot enough to prevail over this two mile trip, whilst carrying a big weight can become a particular hindrance given the often soft/heavy ground conditions at this time of year.