Scintillating Sam can spin it again in Long Walk
SAM SPINNER looks a big price to defend his JLT Long Walk Hurdle title at Ascot (2.25).
Wind back the clock 12 months and he destroyed a useful field that included U now ha time an harry who is one of his main rivals today.
He relished his trip to Ascot that day and jumped beautifully as he pulled away to win with masses left in the tank.
That performance shot him to the head of the betting for the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham where the undulating track didn’t suit anything like as well.
It wasn’t a bad performance to be beaten six lengths before a third at Aintree where it looked as though that effort was still in his legs.
He looked in need of the run on his comeback from eight months off at Newbury last time.
He unseated his rider late on there but the run will have brought improvement fitness-wise.
Remembering his scintillating effort when winning this last year means it’s worth giving him a chance to bounce back, especially with prices around 7-1 on offer.
The lack of a recent run is the only real negative about Call Me Lord who signed off last season by winning the Grade 2 Select Hurdle at Sandown.
That was his first big win over 2m4f having shown all his best form over shorter.
He shapes as though this step up in trip again will bring improvement and he’s a danger.
U now ha time an harry won this in 2016 and was third last season. He finished ahead of the tip at Newbury last time and is a consistent performer.
He’s rising 11 now but should still be competitive.
Paisley Park relished this distance when battling to victory at Haydock last month. He did well to come from a long way back having been hampered as the pace hotted up.
This is another step up in grade but he looks progressive and is another who may be slightly overpriced.
Reigning champ: Sam Spinner wins the JLT Hurdle last year