Unibet International Hurdle

45ECB8C2-8ABF-4801-9B75-3AC7AEC87721By Samantha

This grade two contest has attracted a nice field. The age range of runners is six years and this is nice early Christmas present for jumps racing fans to sit back and enjoy.

There are two previous winners in the line-up in the form Old Guard and The New One. The former has ran four times this season and ran well on all four occasions. He is a multiple winner round here and won’t mind if the ground dries out or softens. He has to be a leading contender and is a bit of value.

The New One has won this race a whopping three times. He is now a ten year old and is getting to the end of his incredibly successful career. Connections couldn’t explain why he ran such a poor race in the Welsh Champion Hurdle last time out and if he doesn’t show his old sparkle, they will retire him.

SILVER STREAK won the Welsh Champion Hurdle beating The New One twenty four and a half lengths. He is weighted to beat the older horse again as he carries 2lbs less than him. The grey was only beaten a neck in the Greatwood, ahead of Old Guard and Western Ryder. I think he has a great chance as he has progressed really well lately and should continue to improve.

Vision Des Flos and Summerville Boy were both seen in behind Buveur D’Air and Samcro last time out in the Fighting Fifth and finished in that order, one length and a quarter apart. The former finished off last season not beaten all that far when second in grade one races. He is a nice horse but Summerville Boy probably needed the run that day and I could see him reversing the form. The six year old is quite lightly raced and won the Supreme Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham. He was third over two miles here in December last year behind Western Ryder and Lalor.

Western Ryder couldn’t confirm the form in the Supreme where he finished and hasn’t won since this meeting last year. He has been behind good horses since but still has a bit to find with this class of horses. We Have A Dream was a very classy three year old and is a dual grade one winner. He has struggled behind older, more experienced horses, including Old Guard, this term. He is only four and has a big future but will need to improve.

Brain Power spent last season chasing and it is welcomed to see him returning to hurdles as his jumping over fences was scetchy to say the least! He has won four hurdle races but I don’t think he is as good as connections expected him to be and he will need to do a career best performance to win this. He has had a wind op over the summer and can’t be ignored.

Selection- Silver Streak

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