Ascot 2.25 (Long Walk Hurdle) tips – Reve De Sivola value for historic four-timer

Ascot 2.25 (Long Walk Hurdle) tips - Reve De Sivola value for historic four-timer

Reve De Sivola

Reve De Sivola

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Betting Tip: Reve De Sivola @ 4/1 with bet365

Reve De Sivola is bidding for an historic four-timer in this Grade 1 and has his favoured soft ground, yet he’s not even favourite. Instead, bookmakers prefer the chances of Long Distance Hurdle winner Thistlecrack and Saphir Du Rheu, who is switching back to hurdles after a slightly disappointing fifth in the Hennessy, with bet365 going 15/8 and 2/1 respectively. The same firm make the three-time winner a 4/1 shot and that is surely where the value lies.

Whilst Thistlecrack is very much respected on the back of his Newbury success, his task was made considerably easier by main rivals Whisper and Cole Harden failing to run up to their best. I’d still have him as favourite over Saphir Du Rheu, though, as the latter horse appeared to be outdone by a lack of stamina in the Hennessy and, while he did finish second in the World Hurdle back in March, this is likely to be a far more searching test if stamina with REVE DE SIVOLA again likely to go hard from the front. That tactic has served the ten-year-old well and he showed he was no back number when finishing a staying on sixth at Auteuil last month. That will have put him spot on for a race his in-form trainer Nick Williams has no doubt targeted long in advance.

Betting Tip: Reve De Sivola @ 4/1 with bet365

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