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Constitution Hill is the heavy favourite for this afternoon’s Tolworth Hurdle – and our all-star cast of tipsters and pundits fancy Nicky Henderson’s charge to score at Sandown.
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Second in Paddy Power’s antepost betting for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Constitution Hill was an impressive course-and-distance winner last month but faces five rivals including Paul Nicholls’ unbeaten hurdler Mr Glass.
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Matt Chapman: It should be easy to sort out, with the hugely exciting CONSTITUTION HILL looking a fabulous prospect for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville. It was the way the five-year-old quickened up the Sandown hill last time that suggested he was something special and this is not a great renewal.
Mick Fitzgerald: Some horses gets bogged down coming up the Sandown hill, but CONSTITUTION HILL put up a very eye-catching performance when winning a novice hurdle at this track in December. The time of the race and his finishing sectional was very impressive. He is smart and will have to step up on that in Grade One company now for the Tolworth Hurdle. However, he seems very capable of doing it and the opposition are rated between 125 and 132 and the last few winners of this contest were all rated 140 or higher. Trainer Nicky Henderson would love two chances at bagging another Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and Constitution Hill will join Jonbon in that contest if proving his worth here. Shallwehaveonemore went through his Ascot race like a smart horse when second to Kandoo Kid. That race will throw up a lot of winners in time and while Kandoo Kid was very keen that day, if he learns to relax could be the real deal in time.
Timeform: CONSTITUTION HILL looked something out of the ordinary when scoring on his C&D hurdle debut and is strongly fancied to take the step up in class in his stride. Shallwehaveonemore shaped well when second in a decent race at Ascot on his hurdle debut and is feared most ahead of the Paul Nicholls-trained Mr Glass.
Ruby Walsh: CONSTITUTION HILL is unopposable in my book. I loved what he did at Sandown the last time when he beat Might I, who I thought wasn’t a bad horse after watching him win at Newton Abbot. I loved everything Constitution Hill did – the way he picked up, the way he jumped, the way he hit the line. I wouldn’t oppose him but would I back him at his odds? Probably not. Datsalrightgino battled really well under Gavin Sheehan to beat Jpr One at Cheltenham last time and Mr Glass’ form isn’t strong enough so its Constitution Hill for me. I’m not sure Datsalrightgino will follow Constitution Hill home though, maybe Mr Glass will. Paul Nicholls had plenty of options for him and he’s come here to run him in a Grade 1 and he generally doesn’t do that for a day out.
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