NICKY HENDERSON can make it a sixth victory in today’s Tolworth Hurdle with Rathhill, a horse he describes as “having plenty of gears.”
Rathhill (2.25 treble), a former Irish point-to-pointer, made an impressive hurdling debut for the champion trainer when slamming Nordic Combined at Newbury.
The form of that contest is nothing special but the manner of that victory suggests he is potential an outstanding prospect.
The Colin Tizzard-trained Elixir De Nutz is the one he has to beat.
Since joining Tizzard this season ,from the Philip Hobbs yard, the gelding has done nothing but improve. And his recent victory at Cheltenham in December, when beating Jarveys Plate, was enhanced on Tuesday when that rival bolted up on his return to the Gloucester track.
Champion Hurdle second-favourite Laurina (1.50) cannot be opposed in the Unibet Mares’ Hurdle.
The Willie Mullins-trained mare has won all of her five starts over hurdles since leaving France.
The 15-year-old Pete The Feat (3.00, nap) can defy his years by taking the Unibet Veterans’ Chase Final.
He finished an excellent second behind Buywise in the contest last year and was the winner in 2017.
In the opener, TORPILLO (12.15) can add to his impressive success at this track in December when he beat Caswell Bay by 23 lengths.
MATTERHORN (1.15, nb) can make it three wins on the bounce at Lingfield He is up 7lb for his latest run but is clearly improving.
HORSE RACING TIPS TODAY - JANUARY 5
4.45 DRUMMER JACK
6.15 LORD GEORGE
6.45 WEDDING DATE
7.15 RED ROYALIST
7.45 TURN OF LUCK
12.40 BAYSTON HILL - 4th - 10/1
1.15 MATTERHORN - NB - Winner
1.45 NYLON SPEED - Winner!! 6/4
2.15 STRAIGHT RIGHT - Second 6/4
2.50 RECTORY ROAD
3.25 CRITICAL THINKING
11.55 ROYAL RESERVE - Winner 8/1!!!
12.25 RAVENHILL ROAD - Non Runner
12.55 CAPTON -
1.30 YOUNOSO - Winner!! 3/1!!
2.00 PETITE GANACHE - Winner!!! 3/1
2.35 ASCOT DE BRUYERE
12.15 TORPILLO - Winner 1/3
12.45 CAPELAND - Second - 6/4
1.20 DARIUS DES BOIS - Second 3/1
1.50 LAURINA - Winner!! FV
2.25 RATHHILL - Awful
3.00 PETE THE FEAT - E/W NAP
12.30 WORKING CLASS - 3rd - 14/1
1.05 BRAVENTARA - Non Runner
1.35 KAPCORSE - Winner!! 1/2
2.40 WALLACE SPIRIT
3.50 MY WAY