Horse Racing Betting Tip: Back Song Light to make use of his low weight in the Betfair Hurdle

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Betting Tip:
Song Light (Each Way) at 14/1 with Stan James

The Betfair Hurdle at 3.35pm on Saturday is the feature contest on a tremendous afternoon of top jumps action in store, where a strong field will head to post in search of the £155,000 prize.

back Song Light 14/1 @Stan James

Shown live on ITV4 Racing, Ballyandy and Consul De Thaix are heading the market at the moment at around 5/1 apiece. Both are high class novices with Cheltenham Festival aspirations and if they’re to cement those Grade 1 targets they will need to go very close here.

However there is plenty of rain promised around the south before the weekend and it may pay to have a little look at something a bit further down the betting market.

The Paul Nicholls trained and JP McManus owned Movewiththetimes is a fine, scopey horse with a very bright future. Lightly-raced and unexposed too, he comes here on an attractive mark of 136 for his first major tilt at a big handicap pot.

back Song Light 14/1 @Stan James

Nicholls does think a lot of this horse and like many a smart novice, you just never really know how much improvement they have in the locker. 7/1 currently with Sky Bet and 32Red, Movewiththetimes will have plenty of supporters and with Barry Geraghty booked to ride, the pair have a great chance.

At double figure odds, perhaps the Seamus Mullins trained Song Light can run a big race here. Last time out in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle, he took advantage of a low weight to finishing an excellent 3rd behind North Hill Harvey. The race was truly run and he’s only gone up 3lb for the effort, so carries a nice weight of 10st 8lb here and regular pilot Kevin Jones takes 5lb allowance off.

If the ground does happen to cut up, this could swing the balance in favour of a horse with a low weight that stays the trip well. Song Light is vulnerable to improvers there’s no doubt about that, but he’s a well-priced and solid competitor that should give a good account of himself.

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