Scin­til­lat­ing Sam can spin it again in Long Walk

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - by Mike Fran­cis

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

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