Sam Spinner enjoys Newcastle trip as countdown begins to Stayers' Hurdle

Wed 21 Feb 2018

Sam Spinner enjoyed an away day at Newcastle ahead of his tilt at the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Watch in-depth video analysis of the Long Walk Hurdle won by Sam Spinner from The Verdict

Jedd O'Keeffe's stable star cantered a full circuit of the all-weather track at Gosforth Park on Tuesday in the hands of assistant trainer and former Flat jockey Leanne Kershaw, and accompanied by stablemate Instant Attraction.

The six-year-old is second-favourite behind Supasundae for the three-mile feature on March 15 after bursting on to the scene with victories in the Betfair Stayers' Handicap Hurdle at Haydock and the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

O'Keeffe was delighted with the exercise and is counting down the days to the horse's date with destiny.

"It was a strong canter, really, just to get him away for the day and do something different," said the North Yorkshire handler.

"We were really happy with him and he's great today.

"It wasn't a serious workout. He's very fit already. It was just to stretch his legs and go somewhere a bit different.

"It's fairly straightforward what we'll do between now and Cheltenham.

"He'll have a few easy days after being away and then just one or two easy pieces of work at home. He'll have a school, maybe two, as we get closer to the Festival.

"We've just got to keep him fresh well. He's basically ready now. I'm counting down the days - nervously and anxiously."

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