Rathhill’s class can dominate Sandown
RATHHILL looks hard to beat in today’s Tolworth Hurdle (2.25 Sandown).
Trainer Nicky Henderson immediately nominated this Grade 1 contest for his six-year-old after a smooth debut win at Newbury last month.
That may have been just a Class 4 hurdle but he travelled like a potential star and just cantered around for the most part.
Barry Geraghty merely steered him through his rivals to win going away.
Henderson knows what it takes to win this race, having scored three times in the past seven runnings so this shouldn’t be too big a step up in class.
Elixir De Nutz could be his biggest rival after a couple of impressive wins, both at Cheltenham.
He kicked off this season by finishing second at Prestbury Park where he may have needed the outing.
Colin Tizzard’s fiveyear-old then underlined his potential by winning the Grade 2 Sharp Novices’ Hurdle at HQ.
He kept things simple there by going from the front and not really seeing a challenger as he pulled away from his rivals.
It was arguably an even better effort to follow up with another success at Cheltenham last month.
Again he dictated the pace and jumped brilliantly from the front.
He travelled strongly and was asked to go and win his race by Harry Cobden after jumping the second-last. He did that well and looks ready for this new challenge.
Grand Sancy has not done a lot wrong this season and was good enough to win a Listed race at Haydock in November.
He then ran another solid race in defeat when fourth in a big-field handicap at Ascot last time out.
He was asked to make up a lot of ground late on there and found it a bit too tough against 20 rivals.
Paul Nicholls continues in good form and there’s every chance this fiveyear-old could improve again.
Potential star: Rathhill with Barry Geraghty