There is a small but mighty field on show at the 32Red Hurdle (registered as the Tolworth Hurdle) on Saturday at Sandown for your horse racing betting. This is only a field of five going off in the Class 1 battle over the distance of 2 miles and 110 yards. We are really looking at four very evenly matched charges on show here, with High Storm really looking as he is just there to make up the numbers. Going off as narrow favourite is Prospect Wells, who makes his debut at Sandown. The highly respected Prospect Wells, needs to get back to winning ways, after finishing fourth (albeit just by one and half lengths) at Ascot in December in the Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle. There was just a lack of finishing pace on that occasion, but still stayed on well to take 4th in the field of sixteen. The Paul Nicholls charge is attracting the most interest in what should be a closely contested affair. Prospect Wells can be taken a market leading price of 7/4 at SkyBet at the moment and represents pretty decent value. Will be used to the weight and therefore a solid bet.
He is being pushed hard through by Colour Squadron, who is just back at 2/1 with online bookmaker Paddy Power in the 32Red Hurdle betting. Colour Squadron is a very useful looking prospect, and has landed two wins out of three starts. All three were last season with Richard Johnson in the saddle, however this will be a step up in weight for him at 11-7, but some good finishing strength shown already from the six year old, should put him good stead to contest firmly here. Tracking both of the those two is Captain Conan at 9/2 with Ladbrokes, who picked up a fantastic 15 length victory at Auteuil on his last start in France. There have been just five trips for the five year old, trained by Nicky Henderson. Captain Conan has shown signs that more maturity and stamina at the finish is going to need to be developed, but the Auteuil win shows that he can deliver. This too though, like Colour Squadron, will be a big step up in weight in the Tolworth Hurdle betting. It will be a really good test of the futures of Captain Conan and Colour Squadron here, as they look to track and match Prospect Wells at Sandown.
There will be interest on Magnifique Etoile as well, who has rattled off three back to back wins this term. There is potential here for even more to come from Magnifique Etoile and although trading back in the small field, is rated highly enough to really mount a challenge here, and therefore should really put his nose in to make it a tough four way call. Definitely riding on the outside but his odds have slowly been drifting in, and is best priced out at 8/1 with Boylesports, but is as short as 4/1 in some places. Making up the field is outsider High Storm at 33/1 with William Hill, the only entrant in the small field who has yet to win a race. Was beaten by a nose at Cheltenham back in December, but really is not expected to make too much of an impact in Red32 Hurdle betting.
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