Sandown 2.25 (Tolworth Hurdle) tips – O O Seven to knock living daylights out of rivals

Sandown 2.25 (Tolworth Hurdle) tips - O O Seven to knock living daylights out of rivals

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Betting Tip: O O Seven @ 4/1 with betvictor

Just the five runners will go to post for this Grade 1 but it’s an interesting renewal nonetheless. The trainers of the four British horses taking part must have been disappointed to see Willie Mullins declare Yorkhill and the race very much revolves around that horse. The six-year-old kept a lower profile than some of his stablemates as a bumper horse, sidestepping Cheltenham to wait for a bumper Punchestown where he kept his unbeaten record intact. He returned to that track in December for his hurdles debut over 2m4f and put in a faultless round of jumping to win by eight and a half lengths. That was over 2m4f but he doesn’t look short of speed and the drop back to miles is unlikely to pose a problem given the stiff nature of this track and the testing conditions.

However, he’s sure to be overbet due to his connections – he’s a best-priced 10/11 at the the time of writing – and he’d also be the first Irish winner of the race, with Wild Rover and Perce Rock beaten as favourites in 2005 and 2007 respectively. So let’s take him on with a horse from a stable who loves to win this race. Nicky Henderson has saddled four of the last five winners and his sole representative, O O SEVEN, is likely to have had the race as his target for a good while, which might not be the case with the favourite. The six-year-old has certainly earned a crack at this level by winning both his starts over hurdles, the latest of which came over course and distance and the form looks solid with the third previously runner-up in Grade 2 company. He ran green that day and still has some growing up to do but he’s clearly got plenty of raw ability and, with the Mullins runner taking a huge chunk out of the market, he’s a backable price too.

Betting Tip: O O Seven @ 4/1 with betvictor

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