Uttoxeter 1.40 tips – Simafar to distance rivals

Uttoxeter 1.40 tips - Simafar to distance rivals

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Betting Tip: @ Simafar @ 6/1 with bet365

Olly Murphy’s SIMAFAR is by far the least exposed runner in the opening 2m handicap hurdle after just three starts and the four-year-old might have got in lightly off a mark of 100.

A fair flat performer when trained in Ireland, he could only plug into seventh of the 14 runners (beaten 41 lengths) when last seen over hurdles at Warwick in January, but that was on heavy ground and he could never get competitive after some slow jumps early on.

The ground was riding much better (officially ‘good to soft’) on his previous start at the same track and it’s no coincidence that he ran his best race in this sphere, finishing third of the 11 runners behind a couple of smart juveniles.

Now racing on good ground for the first time over hurdles, it’s not unreasonable to expect the gelding to better that effort and especially with cheek-pieces back on. He last wore those on the Flat and that coincided with his best run in that sphere, a keeping on fifth of the 22 runners in a Leopardstown handicap – on good ground.

The icing on the cake and the absolute clincher for a bet is the booking of Richard Johnson to ride. That’s because the champion jockey has won on both his rides for the stable in the last fortnight and can boast a healthy 24% (17-72) strike rate on the stable runners overall.

Betting Tip: @ Simafar @ 6/1 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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