15:40 Sodexo Handicap Hurdle Ascot (Listed) Odds & Tips: Betway offer 10/3 on Kid Commando – 31st October 2020

Kid Commando a key contender for Ascot Handicap Hurdle

Horse Racing Betting

The Sodexo Handicap hurdle is Race 6 from Ascot on Saturday, October 31st. This is another of the big highlights from the high-quality card.

The race is a Listed fixture over a distance of 1m 7 1/2f at the venue.

There are 10 declared runners for the contest, which is open to 4 year olds and above. Currently heading up the market is KID COMMANDO.

The winner of last year’s renewal was five year old GUMBALL from an 11/2 SP (Ben Jones / P J Hobbs)

Sodexo Handicap Hurdle Ascot

Kid Commando 3/1
Countister 4/1
Malaya 11/2
Sebastopol 6/1
Hang In There 17/2
Teqany 10/1
Scaramanga 10/1
Dear Sire 11/1
Caius Marcius 14/1
Byron 14/1
* (betting odds taken from Betway at 03:17 GMT on Friday, 30th October 2020)

Horse Racing Betting at Betway

Kid Commando 3/1 FAV for Sodexo Handicap Hurdle

It has been a fairly tight ante-post market for horse racing betting on this Ascot race.

KID COMMANDO is the current 3/1* (betting odds taken from Betway at 03:17 GMT on Friday, 30th October 2020).

Having scored in one of his two previous hurdles efforts, he’s shaping up well in this sphere.

Kid Commando won his hurdles debut at Plumpton in January, delivering the goods as a well-supported favourite.

He followed that up with another credible run in a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Kempton in mid-February.

That was a big step up in grade for him and it was a third-place finish that he took in that contest.

So he goes into Ascot action on Saturday with some strong claims and should be well respected to be in the frame on the weekend.



Countister a threat to the field

Coming into the race as a potential threat is COUNTISTER who is the current 4/1 second favourite* (betting odds taken from Betway at 03:17 GMT on Friday, 30th October 2020). He will be making his seasonal reappearance in this one.

He was lightly worked in the last campaign, only having the four runs last year in total and one of those yielded a victory for him.

Countister was last seen at Ascot in December in a Grade 3 contest when he was 8th of 13.

The two times that he has won over the hurdles was in novice events in 2017 and 2018 and they were around this distance.

Sebastopol looks to extend hurdles record

SEBASTOPOL brings a good hurdles record back into action with him. He has won two and placed in one of his five previous attempts over the smaller stuff.

He looks to be a big player from 6/1 in this market* (betting odds taken from Betway at 03:17 GMT on Friday, 30th October 2020).

This is his seasonal reappearance, ending a 273-day absence. Sebastopol picked up a win on his last effort, which was at Musselburgh in February.

He claimed the win in that one by half of a length, giving him two wins in three trips. Both of those wins were at the 15 1/2f distance and he easily needs respecting in this one.

He will be retaining the tongue strap under trainer Tom Lacey as he looks to add to an already very good record over the hurdles. This will be his Ascot bow.

Does Malaya have enough to get in the frame?

The Paul Nicholls-trained MALAYA is worth a look in this contest as well.

The mare has Bryony Frost and is a current 11/2 horse racing betting option for Saturday* (betting odds taken from Betway at 03:17 GMT on Friday, 30th October 2020).

From her 16 previous efforts over the hurdles, she has claimed four wins along with five place finishes.

She was last seen here at Ascot in February in handicap hurdle action. She was second in that fixture.

The mare was nowhere near the winner at all, but it was another solid effort in this sphere from her.

The last win that Malaya put on the board was in March last year, getting a two-mile score at Sandown.

Hang In There better for a recent reappearance?

Perhaps benefiting from having had a reappearance run, is HANG IN THERE. He was in action at Fontwell in early October, but finished second from last in the class 2 contest.

So this is a jump up in quality of opposition that he is facing in this one.

But he could be better for having had that competitive air in his lungs. That’s something that a lot of the key contenders in this Ascot trip haven’t had.

Last autumn, Hang In There took back to back wins at Exeter and Cheltenham. It has been a three-race winless streak since then.

The last two have been well above this distance though and he comes back into a preferable distance, so he could be a player.

The rest of the runners

TEQANY just missed out on a hat trick on his last effort. He was fourth in a field of six at Kempton a couple of weeks ago. That was a step up to Listed company.

It has been a busy period for Tequany, who had taken wins at Newton Abbot and Bangor, those scores happening at Class 3.

DEAR SIRE is in good form at the moment. He has scored in two of his last four runs since coming back to action in July.

The most recent was at Chepstow in a 2-mile handicap. He was comfortable there and should bring place claims coming up in grade.

CAIUS MARCIUS hasn’t won since September last year when he scored at Newton Abbot comfortable. He will return after a 54-day break following a big effort at Perth in September.

He has knocked on the door in each of his four runs this year, including flat and chase action. Caius Marcius is versatile and not to be dismissed.

SCARAMANGA, trained by Paul Nicholls makes the switch from the flat back to the hurdles in this one. He put in a couple of decent efforts on the flat.

The best of which was a second-place here at Ascot in July. Scaramanga won a handicap hurdle at Wincanton in December last year, but needs a lot more here.

BYRON FLYER hasn’t won in this sphere since the winter of 2016. That was a success at Doncaster. He has been tried around chase action and recently on the flat.

This is no lean contest and he will likely be found wanting. Byron Flyer has been on the flat in his last three runs, not making any impression at all.

Predictions & Tips for Sodexo Handicap Hurdle Racing Odds

This is a highlight fixture of the day from Ascot on Saturday.

At the head of the market is KID COMMANDO and he has more to offer in this sphere. Having had that excellent Grade 2 effort at Kempton last time out, we can see him getting close in his one.

Another selection for the race will be SEBASTOPOL who has been coming along very well in hurdles action. If he picks up where he left off then we can see him making a very bold run at this one.

The final of our three selections to make an impact is HANG IN THERE who is coming back into what appears to be a more workable distance for him. A recent reappearance run should help him enter the calculations.

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