SharpShooter Value Bet – Betfair Hurdle (Handicap)

Time to grab the midweek value for next Saturday's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and two that stand out at current odds are LISP and SUSSEX RANGER.
The Alan King trained Lisp didn't set the world alight in a brief flat career with Charlie Hills, but was an instant hit when moving to King and going over the minor obstacles.

A debut second to Jukebox Jury at Fontwell was a promising start, and then he collected the notable scalp of Knocknanuss when scoring at Plumpton next time out.
Back to Fontwell next for a comfortable victory over Angel Of Harlem and indeed his only disappointing effort over hurdles came with an early exit in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham where he fell at the third.

Normal service resumed this season with his last two efforts particularly noteworthy. First he proved he can handle next Saturday's circuit Newbury when just pipped by Global Citizen, and last time out at Ascot he was a close second to Mohaayed. Soft or even heavy ground - quite likely on Saturday - is no problem at all, indeed he seems to relish plenty of juice in the surface.

So what's not to like? Not much! Obviously this will be a fiercely contested race as usual, but this classy and highly consistent sort makes big appeal.
While understandably he's been nibbled at in the market, he's still generously priced, and makes big each way appeal as he's so rarely out of the first two.

Sussex Ranger was also moderate on the flat where, surprisingly perhaps for a runner who favours soft ground, he ran on the all weather.
He did win a moderate long distance contest on turf at Lingfield but the Gary Moore trained hopeful was always more likely to be much sharper over hurdles.

So he was, and how. Easy victories at Fontwell and Sandown set him up for an ambitious crack at the Coral Future Champions at Cheltenham in early January. He was clearly fancied too, sent off at 3/1 and he gave the then highly regarded We Have A Dream a real scare when finishing a close second.
That earned him a tilt at the Triumph Hurdle where he ran well for a long way. He was beginning to struggle though when he rapped the second last and Jamie Moore went easy on him with all hope gone.

A promising first season just the same, but the wheels came off big time early doors this term. He was a tailed off last at Ascot, and wasn't mapped in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at Newbury in early December where in any event the two miles five trip was always going to be a bridge too far.
Unfancied that day at 28/1, it was a very different story when his sights were lowered at Fontwell on Boxing Day where, back over a more suitable trip, he scooted home a well backed 7/2 market leader.

The handicapper gave him a 6 lbs. hike to 136, but he's still below his top mark of 142 last season. Moore has a great record in this race and Sussex Ranger gives him a great chance of adding to his tally this weekend.


LISP -  0.5 each way 14/1 Ladbrokes, Bet Victor & Coral

SUSSEX RANGER  - 0.5 each way 20/1 Coral, Ladbrokes, BoyleSports & Blacktype

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