Poetic Rhythm to hit the right tune in Challow Hurdle at Newbury

Saturday 30th December, 2017 - 3:00pm Newbury - Challow Novices' Hurdle

Colin Tizzard's Kilbricken Storm will attempt to win the final Grade 1 of 2017 on Saturday afternoon, as he goes for glory in Newbury's Challow Novices' Hurdle, but the progressive six-year-old will face five notable rivals in the 2m 4f 118y showpiece, which should provide some clues for the elite novice hurdles at all the spring festivals.

  • Kilbricken Storm won at Cheltenham last time out
  • Poetic Rhythm won a Grade 2 at Chepstow earlier in the season
  • Five of the six runners won last time out

Saturday 30th December - 3.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Challow Novices' Hurdle    
Tips Poetic Rhythm to win    Best Bet @ 100 / 30  

Kilbricken Storm Heads The Betting

An impressive 26-length winner at Wincanton in November, Kilbricken Storm continued his progression last time out when storming to glory at Cheltenham's International meeting earlier this month, and he is now a 9/4 chance with Paddy Power to continue on an upward curve and land victory in this valuable Grade 1 contest.

That victory was over three miles, and has earned him a quote of 33/1 for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, but he will drop back in trip here, and while he should have no issues with the drop back, and with the wet conditions likely to make it testing, it could be that he just struggles against some potentially speedier rivals in this contest, and he could be worth taking on.

Poetic Rhythm The Main Challenger

A fine winner of the Grade 2 Persian War Novices' Hurdle at Chepstow at the start of the Jumps season, Poetic Rhythm may have lost on his last start, but a two-and-a-half length beating from Nicky Henderson's exciting star On The Blind Side is not poor form, and Fergal O'Brien's raider could well find this task a little easier, and he is the one to side with at 100/30 with Paddy Power.

He was also beaten by Momella that November afternoon at Cheltenham, and that runner has gone out and won since, so the form looks extremely solid, and while O'Brien's charge may not have the class to shine in the spring, this could be a race that sees him sparkle at Newbury, and he can take the prize.

Best Of The Rest

Richard Hobson's Dame Rose has winning form at Newbury having landed the Listed Mares' contest on Ladbrokes Trophy day, but the 3/1 chance with Paddy Power will find this a lot tougher, and while she will be in receipt of 7lbs from her male rivals she may just struggle, and is one to avoid.

Ben Pauling's Way Back Then is arguably the most intriguing runner having won at Kempton Park last time out, and the 9/2 shot with William Hill is entitled to improve for that success, but this is a huge step up in class, and may find it tough, while Dans Le Vant and Mulcahys Hill are both 20/1 to land this prize, and will surely be battling it out for the minor honours.

2017 Challow Novices' Hurdle Odds

Posted: Friday, 29th December 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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