Gerry Feilden Hurdle betting tips: Whatswrongwithyou the Newbury wager

Gerry Feilden Hurdle betting tips from Newbury at Horsebetting.com on Saturday, 1 December. Trainer Nicky Henderson has a fine record in the race, so his potentially well-weighted Whatswrongwithyou is our main selection for the Listed 2m Limited Handicap. Ballymoy is a thriving sort, so is feared most. Whatmore has some some decent form to his name and is going the right way, so appeals each-way in a competitive renewal. Read our in-depth 2018 Gerry Feilden betting tips preview below for more details on these horses’ chances.

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Whatswrongwithyou
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Whatswrongwithyou the one to be on in Gerry Feilden

Trainer Nicky Henderson has a good record in the Gerry Feilden Hurdle and Whatswrongwithyou looks worth a wager to further enhance it with victory in this year’s renewal of the Listed 2m Limited Handicap at Newbury on Saturday (14;25). The Seven Barrows handler has won the race six times.

In Whatswrongwithyou, he has a promising sort on his hands who is unbeaten in two starts over course and distance. This seven-year-old challenged on the bit at the last before staying on strongly to beat stable companion Ok Corral by three-quarters of a length in the first of those.

The runner-up went on to score next time up, before finishing a fine three-length second of 20 to Kilbricken Storm in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival to be rated 147. That gives the form a very strong look.

Whatswrongwithyou went on to follow-up in facile fashion when beating Rockpoint by nine lengths, before rounding off the campaign with a solid third of 17 to Mr Antolini in the Imperial Cup at Sandown off an opening mark of 139 when sent off a well-backed 100/30 favourite.

Progressive profile

Although beaten just over nine lengths, Whatswrongwithyou shaped better than that suggests as he found himself blocked behind a wall of horse when turning from home. When eventually seeing daylight, he stayed on well to be nearest at the finish.

It was an effort which can be upgraded and one which suggested there would be better to come from him this season. Whatswrongwithyou now returns to action off an unchanged mark for a yard going great guns and that makes him look potentially ahead of the assessor judged on his aforementioned victory over Ok Corral.

So, taking everything into account, the chances of the progressive Whatswrongwithyou in this look glaringly obvious. We therefore had no hesitation in making him the main selection in our 2018 Gerry Feilden Hurdle betting tips.

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Thriving Ballymoy feared most

Ballymoy has a progressive profile, so rates the main danger despite having a career-high mark to overcome. This Nigel Twiston-Davies trained five-year-old overcame a six month absence to complete a four-timer when landing a five-runner affair at Chepstow in October.

The Simon Munir and Isaac Souede owned gelding raced prominently throughout and, when pressed, stayed on strongly to beat I’m A Game Changer by two lengths. There was lots to like about the way in which he dug deep to get the job done, and the runner-up has since run well to finish second on chase debut.

Valdo Forte, who finished a further 3 3/4 lengths behind in third, also went into the race on a roll having won three of his four previous starts, so that suggests it was a decent contest despite the small field. It makes a 3lb rise in the weights for Ballymoy look more than fair and a revised rating of 142 is unlikely to prove beyond him, as the son of Flemensfirth appeals as the type who has more improvement left in the locker.

Ballymoy is also now four from five over the obstacles, has a 75 per cent strike rate over the 2m trip and underfoot conditions to suit. There is nothing not to like about his profile for this, so a bold bid looks assured.

Whatmore another with claims

In a competitive renewal in which a case can be made for most, Whatmore makes plenty of each-way appeal. Trained by Henry Daly, this six-year-old has a 44 per cent strike rate over the obstacles having won four of his 10 starts.

After rounding of last season with an easy 10-length success in an eight-runner novice hurdle at Warwick, there was lots to like about his return to action at Chepstow in October when third of 13 to Garo De Juilley in the Grade 3 Silver Trophy.

Whatmore led until four out and, after the winner kicked clear two from home, stuck to the task well to be beaten just three lengths. He then duly built on that promising effort when resuming winning ways at Bangor, where he made all and stayed on strongly to beat the well-treated Ballyhill by four lengths off a mark of 135.

The handicapper has put the son of Schiaparelli up 7lb for that authoritative display, but Whatmore is clearly going the right way and could prove a tough nut to crack if allowed an easy lead. He thus appeals each-way at the odds on offer and completes our 2018 Gerry Feilden Hurdle betting tips.

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