Fighting Fifth Hurdle Betting Tips

The 2018 Fighting Fifth betting tips given by Betting.org experts say Buveur D’air is a worthy favourite to land back-to-back runnings of the Grade 1 feature contest at Newcastle on Saturday, 1 December. Irish raider Samcro disappointed when beaten on seasonal reappearance, but still has superstar potential and is feared most. Supreme winner Summerville Boy hails from the in-form yard of Tom George and is another with claims in a cracking renewal. Full details about these horses’ chances can be found in our 2018 Fighting Fifth betting tips preview below.

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5/4
Selection
Buveur D'air
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9/4
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Samcro
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4/1
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Summerville Boy
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Buveur D’air a strong Fighting Fifth fancy

Buveur D’air can make his class tell and land back-to-back renewals of the feature race  at Newcastle on Saturday, the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle (14:05). This Nicky Henderson trained seven-year-old has an incredible strike rate of 91 per cent over the smaller obstacles having won 10 of his 11 starts.

He has also landed the last two runnings of the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. In the first of those, Buveur D’air was impressive when staying on strongly to beat stable companion My Tent Or Yours going away by 4 1/2 lengths. He then cruised to a five-length success over the same rival in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle on the opening day of the Grand National meeting.

The JP McManus owned gelding then made a winning return to action in this 12 months ago when taking up the running on the bit three from, home before winning hard held in the hands of Barry Geraghty by 3 1/2 lengths. Buveur D’air then followed-up in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day when quickening instantly when asked and beating The New One by a cosy 1 3/4 lengths.

Champion Hurdle harder the second time around

After then landing a Listed contest at Sandown by 1 3/4 lengths, he was made to work hard to land back-to-back runnings of the Champion Hurdle back in March. Buveur D’air took up the running two from home and looked set to score in style, but Melon then emerged from the pack to throw down a determined challenge yet he found plenty for pressure on the run-in to assert close home and score by a neck.

It was a game display and one that earned Buveur D’air an official rating of 169 – the highest in this line-up that gives him 9lb and upwards in hand on his five rivals. It makes him the one to beat and a worthy favourite. That’s why he simply can’t be opposed and is the main selection in our 2018 Fighting Fifth Hurdle betting tips.

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Samcro out to restore reputation

Irish raider Samcro had been hailed as superstar in the making, but bids to get back on track after being turned over at long odds-on on seasonal reappearance. This gelding won his sole start in a point before joining Gordon Elliott and has looked something very special ever since.

After impressively landing all three of his bumpers, the six-year-old sluiced up by 15 lengths in a 22-runner Punchestown 2m maiden hurdle. Samcro was then stepped up to 2m 4f and landed a Grade 3 at Navan in sensational style when beating beat Jetz hard-held by 12 lengths.

He then took the step up into Grade 1 company in his stride when running out an easy 5 1/2 lengths winner of the Deloitte Novice Hurdle during the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival in February. That victory saw Samcro sent off the 8/11 favourite for the 2m 5f Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival a month later, and he only needed driving out up the run-in for a comfortable 2 3/4 lengths success over Black Op.

Yet to prove himself in open company

Samcro then took on his elders for the first time in the Grade 1 Punchestown Champion Hurdle, but came to grief three from home when closing and yet to be asked a serious question. Elliot then decided to drop him back in class on return to action at Down Royal last month, but he never travelled with his usual fluency and found little for pressure when a 1 1/2 lengths runner-up to Bedrock in the Grade 2 WKD Hurdle.

It was bitterly disappointing that Samcro wasn’t capable of giving 5lb to a rival rated 11lb his inferior, but he looks sure to strip much fitter for that outing and will appreciate the return to softer ground. If he’s to be a serious contender for the Champion Hurdle, then he must a big effort and go close in this. Samcro thus rates the main danger to Buveur D’air.

Summerville Boy another serious contender

In what is a stellar renewal, Summerville Boy is another with leading claims having won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, despite making really bad mistakes at the final two flights. This Tom George trained six-year-old showed a terrific attitude to rally strongly under from Noel Fehily and get the better of Kalashnikov by a neck.

Summerville Boy had previously beaten the same rival more decisively by five lengths in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown. Kalashnikov is a very smart sort who had landed the ultra-competitive 24-runner Betfair Hurdle at Newbury by 4 1/2 lengths prior to Cheltenham.

So, given how the Supreme unfolded, it was a most taking performance and one which oozed quality. A BHA rating of 156 may therefore underestimate Summerville Boy’s ability, and he is only officially rated 4lb below Samcro.

With George’s stable operating at a strike rate of just under 24 per cent at the time of writing, his chances in this should not be underestimated and Summerville Boy thus completes our 2018 Fighting Fifth Hurdle betting tips.

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