Capitaine to enhance Cheltenham Festival claims with win in Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown

Saturday 7th January, 2017 - 2:25pm Sandown Park - Tolworth Novices' Hurdle

Paul Nicholls's Capitaine recorded a hugely impressive victory in the Grade 2 Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle at Ascot last month and the Ditcheat inmate will aim to build on that effort on Satuday when he lines up in the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown Park, which will see a field of six head to the 1m 7f 216y start.

  • Yorkhill won this 12 months ago en route to Neptune glory at Cheltenham Festival
  • The last two winners have been sent off odds-on
  • Capitaine won a Grade 2 event last time out at Ascot

Saturday 7th January - 2.25pm OddsWon/LostBet
Tolworth Novices' Hurdle    
Tips Capitaine to win    Best Bet @ 6 / 4  

Capitaine The One To Beat In Grade 1 Contest

Having failed to win the Newton Novices' Hurdle two starts ago it was his fine win in the aforementioned Ascot event that saw Capitaine propel into the limelight, and if he can reproduce that fine effort then he has to be the one they all have to beat, and he is currently trading as a 6/4 shot with Paddy Power bookmakers.

He relished the softish ground that day and conditions could prove to be fairly similar on Saturday, and if he was to continue on an upward curve then he could well be a lot shorter than his current 25/1 odds available with bet365 for the 2017 Supreme Novices' Hurdle, which will be the traditional curtain-raiser to the Cheltenham Festival.

Sam Twiston-Davies is sure to let him roll along on the front end of this contest, and he could well take a few rivals out of their comfort zone in the middle part of the race, so if he can do that then he maybe able to maintain the strong gallop and record his second win in a row and enhance his reputation as one of the smartish British novice hurdlers in training.

Oscar The Lively Danger For Tizzard

Colin Tizzard has been a prominent figure amongst top class company all season with Thistlecrack spearheading his blossoming team, and the man of the moment will hope that he has another elite performer on his hands in the shape of Finian's Oscar, who impressed on debut at Hereford, and is as short as 7/4 with Betfred for this event.

A seven-length winner at Hereford last month, he will make a huge step up into Grade 1 company, but shaped like he could reach that level as the season progresses, but he may just lack that cutting edge that his market rival Capitaine has and the lack of experience over timber may just see him come up short against his main adversary.

Best Of The Rest

Charlemar is another flourishing over timber and caught the eye at Aintree last time out, and will bid for a third win in a row, but at 7/1 with bet365 he could well be another that just finds this significant step up in grade a struggle, so may have to be avoided at this current stage of his career.

Meanwhile, Harry Fry's Chalonnial finally got his head in front at Bangor a few weeks ago, and is 9/1 with Paddy Power to follow up here, but he will be another that may just be taken off his feet in the early stages, and could be battling for place money at best.

Celestial Path is a new recruit to the David Pipe yard, as he was last seen finishing in the mid-division in the Cambridgeshire for Sir Mark Prescott, so it could be worth keeping an eye on the market for that one, who is 16/1 with bet365, but even so it could be wise to stick to the favourite who can land the prize for Nicholls team.

2017 Tolworth Novices' Hurdle Odds

Posted: Friday, 6th January 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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