Bet of the day: Mister Miyagi to land Listed 2m hurdle at Kempton
Jamie Clark | 16 October 2016
Coral’s bet of the day
- Mister Miyagi boasts 75 per cent strike rate over hurdles for handler Skelton
- Coral ambassador’s gelding gets good ground he relishes for Kempton contest
- Upward curve and form of selection suggests he can take on JP McManus entrants
Make the most of Mister Miyagi odds at Kempton
The seven-race card at Kempton this Sunday includes an intriguing class 1 Listed hurdle over 2m (16:10), and Mister Miyagi odds may be real value to punters.
If you’re prepared to back Coral ambassador Dan Skelton’s horse over lauded race rivals My Tent Or Yours and Hargam, running in the green and gold hoops silks of JP McManus, then a better price is your reward.
Read on to find out reasons why you should and thus it’s our bet of the day for October 16…
Selection among strongest in Skelton’s stable
Winning five of seven races since joining his current handler, Mister Miyagi also possesses a 75 per cent strike rate over hurdles.
His only blemish is finishing sixth in his penultimate outing – an ultra-competitive renewal of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last season.
Finding the likes of Altior and Min too hot to handle is nothing to be ashamed of, as the selection was the second oldest entrant in the 2016 Cheltenham Festival opener.
A hat-trick of other victories in his novice hurdling campaign highlight the huge promise in Mister Miyagi. Another plus is he’s carrying 4lb less in the saddlebags from when last successful around Prestbury Park in April.
Question Marks over race rivals
Entering both dual Champion Hurdle runner-up My Tent Or Yours and Hargam is a serious statement of intent from heavyweight Irish owner McManus, but their presence shouldn’t frighten punters.
My Tent Or Yours is on a five-race winless streak, though has finished second or third in all of those runs. Nicky Henderson stablemate Hargam, meanwhile, last scored eight races and 20 months ago with victory in the 2015 Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial. Neither are thus as fearsome as they appear.
Top weight Rayvin Black likes much softer ground than he’ll get at Kempton, so may not even go to post. Court Minstrel seems to make up the numbers against this calibre of opposition, while Gwafa must prove he belongs in this company, so that leaves siding with the selection.
Mister Miyagi odds make an appealing punt to land this Listed race and make McManus wish he’d entered his big guns elsewhere.
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