Constitution Hill and Datsalrightgino get set for Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown
There will be two local runners in Saturday’s Unibet Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown as both Jamie Snowden and Nicky Henderson bid for glory.
Henderson, who saddles Constitution Hill, will be going in search of his sixth winner in this race, with his most recent success coming in 2015 with L’ami Serge.
The five-year-old made an impressive debut under rules, beating Might I by 14 lengths on this course last month.
Speaking in his Unibet blog, Henderson said: “Everything has gone well since Sandown last time and he’s done everything we’ve asked of him at home.
“This is, however, a big step up and I’m under no illusions as to the task he faces.
“Gary Moore’s runner, Shallwehaveonemore, beat one of ours (Walking On Air) in a Bumper at Kempton last March and to be honest we really thought we’d win it, so I know how strong that form is and Gary’s horses are in very good shape now.
“We’ve won this race five times before, twice for Michael Buckley (New York Rainbow and Royal Boy) so the Unibet Tolworth has been good to us down the years and hopefully this chap can do the business once again.”
Meanwhile, Folly House handler Snowden has a very good opportunity for success in this race as Datsalrightgino holds an entry.
The six-year-old is in solid form and is coming off the back of a win in a British EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Mr Glass, Jetoile and Whizz Kid make up the rest of the field.
Since finishing third in a National Hunt race at Newbury in November 2020, Mr Glass has won four races in a row for the Nicholls team.
Henderson, who will not be in attendance at Sandown as he is isolating, also has Clean Getaway, Blue Stello and Blairgowrie running at Wincanton.
Meanwhile, Snowden’s Anythingforlove runs in the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Mares' Hurdle on Saturday.