Fighting Fifth Hurdle tips and runner-by-runner guide to Newcastle 2.10 on Saturday

Constitution Hill is finally set to race!

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Constitution Hill is finally set to make his seasonal reappearance in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

The Champion Hurdle antepost favourite – scratched from last weekend’s engagement at Ascot on account of the drying ground – will take on stablemate Epatante in Saturday’s 14:10.

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It will be a proper test of Constitution Hill’s credentials as Epatante has won the last two renewals of the Fighting Fifth, including last year’s dead-heat with Not So Sleepy, and landed the Champion Hurdle in 2020.

Fighting Fifth Hurdle odds can be found on the Paddy Power website, Paddy Power app or via our snazzy betting widgets below, otherwise a horse-by-horse guide to the runners and betting tips are below.

Fighting Fifth Hurdle runners

Constitution Hill

Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Nico de Boinville Age: 5 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Exceptional novice hurdler, easy winner of first 2 starts at Sandown (latterly the Tolworth) prior to a devastating success in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in breath-taking fashion by 22 lengths from Jonbon. Fantastic prospect who is taken to readily land the odds on his return.

*****

Not So Sleepy

Trainer: Hughie Morrison Jockey: Jonathan Burke Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Better than ever when dead-heating with Epatante in this corresponding event 12 months ago. Not in anything like the same form in the Christmas Hurdle but ran close to his best when sixth in the Champion Hurdle. Has warmed up for this with a good third in the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket.

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Tommy’s Oscar

Trainer: Ann Hamilton Jockey: Danny McMenamin Age: 7 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Progressed into a really smart hurdler last season prior to finding the Champion Hurdle a step too far. Has made a good start to chasing career too, coming out on top in a match at Carlisle before a good second in Cheltenham Grade 2, but faces a stiff task back over hurdles.

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Voix Du Reve

Trainer: Iain Jardine Jockey: Conor O’Farrell Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Smart at best and cashed in on a falling mark over C&D in March. Shaped as if needing the run on comeback at Aintree but has it all to do on these terms.

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Epatante

Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Aidan Coleman Age: 8 Weight: 11st 3lbs

Very smart hurdler who dead-heated with Not So Sleepy in this race a year ago before adding both the Christmas Hurdle and Aintree Hurdle to her tally either side of an excellent second in the Champion Hurdle. Seems sure to give her running but looks vulnerable to her up-and-coming stablemate.

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Fighting Fifth Hurdle tips

Timeform: CONSTITUTION HILL put up a truly sensational performance in the Supreme when beating his stablemate Jonbon by 22 lengths in a ridiculously good time, earning himself Timeform’s highest ever rating for a novice hurdler, and he’s destined for the very top honours in open company. Stablemate Epatante, who gained 3 Grade 1 successes last season, including a dead-heat in this, and was also second in the Champion Hurdle, can follow him home.

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