Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Dynaste Backed For Veterans' Race

The Veteran’s Handicap Chase should be an exciting affair at Sandown on Saturday, with Rocky Creek the 6-1 favourite with William Hill. However, three other horses are being backed.


Dynaste is 7-1 from 12-1 with William Hill since the start of the week. David Pipe won the race last year with Soll and his very well-handicapped veteran, Dynaste, has a good chance of making it back-to-back victories.


“If David Pipe can get Dynaste ready to race at anywhere near his best then he could be a tough horse to beat,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.  


At longer odds, Aerial (Paul Nicholls) is 9-1 from 12-1 and Astracad (Nigel Twiston-Davies) is 14-1 from 20-1.


The Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle also takes place this weekend and it is usually a race that bookmakers do badly in. Three short-price favourites and two odds-on favourites have won the race since 2006, with not a single winner at a double figure price during that period.


Paul Nicholls has a good record in the race, with three wins from the last nine renewals, while Nicky Henderson has an even better return of four victories in that timeframe.


Capitaine is 7-4 favourite with William Hill. The Paul Nicholls-trained hurdler won the Grade 2 Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot last time in good fashion.


Finian’s Oscar is 5-2 with William Hill and represents this season’s red-hot trainer Colin Tizzard. He won very easily under rules at Hereford having previously won a point-to-point.


Nicky Henderson is looking for his fifth win in the race since 2011 and he is double-handed, with 12-1 chance Gaitway and perhaps his more likely chance Kayf Grace at 4-1 with Hills. The latter won her hurdling debut at Bangor after landing a mares bumper at Aintree in April.


Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle: 7-4 Capitaine, 5-2 Finian’s Oscar, 4-1 Kayf Grace, 11-2 Mohaayed,7-1 Charlemar, 10-1 Chalonnial, 12-1 Gaitway, 16-1 Ballyhill, 20-1 Celestial Path, 33-1 Global Stage, 100-1 Man From Mars, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Veterans’ Handicap Chase: 6-1 Rocky Creek, 7-1 Dynaste, 8-1 Gas Line Boy, Theatrical Star,9-1 Aerial, Shuil Royale, 10-1 Forgotten Gold, 12-1 Cloudy Too, Wychwoods Brook, 14-1Astracad, Saint Are, 16-1 Aachen, Court By Surprise, Ericht, Loose Chips, Pete The Feat, Realt Mor, 20-1 Bennys Mist, 25-1 Baileys Concerto, Cody Wyoming, 33-1 Godsmejudge, 40-1So Fine, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)