Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Harry Up For More Houdini Magic

Harry Fry has completely turned around the career of Unowhatimeanharry since he joined the yard and the eight-year-old gelding is 6-1 favourite with the sponsor to win the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle on Saturday.

“If Unowhatimeanharry wins on Saturday, it will be more magic from Harry ‘Houdini’ Fry, who has been working wonders on the horse,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Unowhatimeanharry landed a Grade 2 at Cheltenham last time and appears to hold leading claims. Paul Nicholls has trained the winner of the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle twice and his Ibis Du Rheu is next in the betting at 7-1 after narrowly losing out in a competitive handicap at Newbury most recently. Bivouac for trainer Nicky Henderson and Buiseness Sivola for Willie Mullins are at 8-1 with William Hill.

Looking at the statistics, last year’s winner, Tea For Two, was the third winning favourite or joint-favourite (9/2 JF) in the last seven runnings. Six winners in the past thirteen renewals at Kempton have been six-year-old’s.

Meanwhile, Midnight Prayer and Upswing are 8-1 market leaders in the Welsh National betting.

William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle Statistics – 2000 to 2015


5yo – 3 winners

6yo – 6 winners

7yo – 3 winners

8yo – 1 winner

(does not include 2006 renewal at Carlisle)

Official Rating Of Winner:

115 to 125 –  4 winners

126 – 136 – 4 winners

137 or higher – 5 winners

(does not include 2006 renewal at Carlisle)

Odds Of Winner:

5/1 or Shorter – 4 winners

6/1 to 10/1 – 7 winners

11/1 or bigger – 2 winners

(does not include 2006 renewal at Carlisle)

William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle: 6-1 Unowhatimeanharry, 7-1 Ibis Du Rheu, 8-1 Bivouac, Buiseness Sivola, 10-1 Baron Alco, Blue Hell, Westren Warrior, 11-1 Simply A Legend, 12-1 Brother Tedd, Theinval, 14-1 Gevrey Chambertin, Un Ace, Vive La France, Yala Enki, 16-1 Pistol Park, Sky Khan, 20-1 Dell’ Arca, 25-1 Little Boy Boru, 33-1 Deep Trouble, 50-1 Planetoid, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Welsh Grand National: 8-1 Midnight Prayer, Upswing, 9-1 Cogry, 10-1 Emperors Choice, Mountainous, Shotgun Paddy, 12-1 Tour Des Champs, 14-1 Return Spring, Theatre Guide, Vics Canvas, 16-1 Benvolio, Bertie Boru, Black Thunder, Bob Ford, Masters Hill, Red Devil Lads, Rigadin De Beauchene, 20-1 Fourovakind, Saroque, Woodford County, 25-1 Audacious Plan, Firebird Flyer, 33-1 Allez Vic, Folsom Blue, Portrait King, Wyck Hill, 50-1 Chase The Spud, Goodtoknow, 66-1 Barton Gift, Lovcen, Nail M, Rendl Beach, Russe Blanc, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)