Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Will Tizzard Land Tolworth?

Dynaste and Rocky Creek share favouritism with William Hill for this weekend’s Veteran’s Handicap Chase. Dynaste is easily the most popular horse in the race, having shortened to 7-1 from 12-1 prior to the 48-hour declarations. Conversely, Rocky Creek has been pushed out to 7-1 from 6-1.


Shuil Royale has been the most popular horse since the declaration stage and has been cut by Hills to 10-1 from 11-1.


“David Pipe won the race last year with Soll and Dynaste could make it back-to-back victories for the trainer. He is very well handicapped on his old form,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Finian’s Oscar is the best-backed horse in the Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle, perhaps in part due to positive comments from trainer Colin Tizzard. He’s 5-2 second-favourite, behind William Hill’s 7-4 market leader Capitaine.


“Colin Tizzard seems to be winning all the big races this season, so we’ll be keeping close tabs on Finian’s Oscar,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


The market leading pair in the Tolworth are both in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market. Interestingly, Finian’s Oscar is the shorter price at 20-1, while Capitaine is 25-1. Finian’s Oscar is also in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle market at 16-1.


Nicky Henderson’s good record in the race (4 wins from last 9 renewals) could be enhanced by Kayf Grace (4-1) or Gaitway (12-1).


Tolworth Stats Since 2006


  • Nicky Henderson has trained 4 winners from the last 9 renewals, while Paul Nicholls has 3 wins in that time
  • Three short-price favourite winners, two odds-on favourite winners and NO double-figure priced winners


William Hill Odds


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


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)


Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: 6-1 Moon Racer, 9-1 Crack Mome, 10-1 Cilaos Emery, 14-1 Melon, 16-1 Jenkins, 20-1 Ballyandy, Finians Oscar, Movewiththetimes, Saturnas, Senewalk, 25-1 Bacardys, Bunk Off Early, Capitaine, Castello Sforza, Elgin, Epicuris, Kemboy, Peace News, Penhill, 33-1 Battleford, Central Square, Cultivator, High Bridge, Lough Derg Spirit, Montalbano, Pingshou, Stretchingthetruth, William Henry, 40-1 First Figaro, Labaik, Riven Light, 50-1 Keep In Line, Minotaur, Sumkindofking, Thomas Campbell, Top Tug, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle: 7-1 Death Duty, 10-1 Invitation Only, 12-1 Messire Des Obeaux, 14-1 Baltazar D’Allier, Monalee, 16-1 Bacardys, Finian’s Oscar, 20-1 Ballyandy, Moon Racer, Penhill, Senewalk, 25-1 Asthuria, Battleford, Blow By Blow, Castello Sforza, High Bridge, Labaik, Melon, Peregrine Run, 33-1 Bunk Off Early, Elegant Escape, Jenkins, Lough Derg Spirit, Peace News, 40-1 Laser Light, 50-1 Sumkindofking, Thomas Campbell, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)