The Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle is the feature race of the weekend live on ITV Racing. Make sure you follow our free horse racing tips for Saturday’s action, where we should have all of your betting needs covered.
Finn Lambert is a promising 10lb claimer who has ridden one winner for Nigel Twiston-Davies, and he might get his second career winner aboard NOBLE SAVAGE. He made no impression at Huntingdon last month but finished second to Naturally High at Lingfield in October, who went on to bolt up next time out again off a mark of 100. Second over this course and distance soon after, the selection was sent off favourite that day and has to enter the reckoning.
GUNSIGHT RIDGE never seems to run a bad race and has arrived back in good nick this season already with two solid placed efforts at Aintree and Exeter over fences. He hit a flat spot at Aintree that cost him the race for all he rallied back into third and only found L’Homme Presse too good at Exeter, a horse that since went on to bolt up at Ascot before landing the Grade 2 Dipper at Cheltenham. That looks like serious form.
Trainer Sam Thomas will be on the crest of a wave after winning the Welsh National with Iwilldoit and he could land another nice pot here with GREY DIAMOND. Thomas, who operated at an incredible 29 per cent last season is a trainer on the up. This horse is a strong-travelling sort who can often find little for pressure but is taking a big class drop here, going from 0-150 company down to 0-130.
The current second-favourite for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle will put his unbeaten record on the line in the Tolworth Hurdle. CONSTITUTION HILL created a big impression when winning by 14 lengths over this course and distance last month. Henderson has won this race five times already so he certainly knows what it takes. He is a big favourite to land this Grade 1 before heading for the big one in March.
MANVERS HOUSE has run twice over fences this season and seems to absolutely hate it, pulled up both times. It is no surprise to see him back over hurdles now running off a career-low handicap mark with cheekpieces applied for the first time. If he can run up to last season’s form over hurdles, he looks thrown in here off 115 if he can find his spark.
These veteran races are usually absolute belters and we think THE KINGS WRIT is a big player here. This boy loves mud flying in the air and he was formerly second in a Somerset National so the three miles here will hold no stamina issues whatsoever. The handicapper continues to ease his grip on him and it would be no surprise to see him run a big race.
With question marks surrounding most of his rivals, Sam Thomas may get another TV winner on the boards with STOLEN SILVER. He was far from disgraced in a Grade 1 at Sandown behind Edwardstone last month and now drops back into handicap company. He won a three-runner race at Market Rasen by 11 lengths on his return and backed that up with a terrific second at Cheltenham in November, with the winner franking the form at the same track a month later.
MACK THE MAN won on his seasonal reappearance at Exeter in November and although he will find this much tougher, he should also come on for that run fitness wise. He is a former course and distance winner who seems to relish running right-handed so there should be more to come.
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