On The Nose - Punxutawney Phil forecasting a Groundhog Day win at Sedgefield

You don’t have to be Bill Murray to see that Punxutawney Phil, named after the weather forecasting groundhog from the movie, is a stone cold win bet.

Phil, Phil Connors? You won't be able to escape this On The Nose pick.

1.38 Sedgefield - Punxutawney Phil

"A thousand people, freezing their butts off, waiting to worship a rat" is how Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) described the annual Pennsylvania ritual of a groundhog predicting whether there will be six more weeks of winter.

Brian Ellison's horse of the same name heads into Autumn in good form, finishing second to Clondaw Hollow at Perth in a novices' hurdle last time out.

The Shirocco sired four year-old won his Newcastle bumper on the all-weather in February and is building up in form to post a first win over hurdles.

That racecourse edge can prove invaluable against this inexperienced field and Henry Brooke can steer this 113 rated gelding to victory at Sedgefield.

This could be a race worth watching over and over for Punxutawney Phil fans.

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