Sam Spinner’s chances of winning the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday have been boosted due to the availability of jockey Joe Colliver (Sam Spinner 33/1 to win race).

Colliver has changed the date of a court hearing, which would have ruled him out of competing in the Group One race, and he is now in line to team up with Sam Spinner once again.

The duo were last partnered together for the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January, a race that saw him claim fourth place, while Colliver has also guided the seven-year-old to Grade One glory in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot back in 2017.

In total, Colliver has been in the saddle for 11 of Sam Spinner’s 14 professional rides, and trainer Jedd O’Keeffe is delighted that the pair will be reunited for Thursday’s ride at Prestbury Park.

“I’ve been informed that Joe has changed the date so we’ve acted accordingly,” O’Keefe was quoted as saying by the Racing Post.

“It’s a boost for Sam Spinner, they both know each other so well and Joe’s definitely our number one rider. Let’s hope they can run well.”

The gelding finished fifth in the Stayers’ Hurdle last year – a race that was won by the Willie Mullins’ trained Penhill.

Mullins has trained the winner of the race in each of the last two years – he was also victorious with Nichols Canyon in 2017 – and will fancy his chances of making it a hat-trick of successes with the highly-rated Faugheen (4/1).

The Emma Lavelle-trained Paisley Park (13/8) and Jessica Harrington’s Supasundae (7/1) are the other horses tipped to run well.

Odds subject to change