Jamie Snowden admits Datsalrightgino needs to "step forward again" but insists he is in "good order" for Tolworth bid
Jamie Snowden admits Datsalrightgino needs to "step forward again" but insists he is in "good order" for Tolworth bid

Trainer Jamie Snowden is looking forward to seeing Datsalrightgino test himself at the highest level in Saturday's Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown. 

Datsalrightgino has been showing plenty of promise, as he followed up four placings in bumpers last season by winning on his first two starts over hurdles this term at Fontwell and, most recently, in last month's National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. 

Next on the agenda for the exciting six-year-old is a step up to the top level at Sandown this weekend and Snowden is certainly keen to see how his stable star performs at that standard. 

Snowden said: "He's two from two over hurdles, obviously the Cheltenham win was great and it's always been the plan to come here really. 

He's a lovely young horse who we've always thought a lot of. Obviously he's got to step forward again in this company, but he goes there in great order. 

"He wasn't quite getting home in his bumpers, but we gave him a wind operation over the summer and that seems to have helped. 

"His two wins over hurdles have been on good ground, but he has form on softer ground as well." 

Nicky Henderson's Constitutional Hill is the likely favourite
Nicky Henderson's Constitutional Hill is the likely favourite

A total of nine entrants have been confirmed for Saturday's feature race in Surrey, with the likely favourite being the Nicky Henderson-trained Constitution Hill, who underlined his credentials with a spectacular win in a Novice Hurdle at the same venue at the start of last month. 

That showing has already seen the five-year-old installed as one of the favourites for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and he can further boost those claims this weekend. 

Constitution Hill could be one of two runners for Henderson in Saturday's feature, with First Street also in contention, while Paul Nicholls is likely to pin his hopes on Mr Glass, who has won on his last four starts. 

Might I finished 14 lengths behind Constitution Hill when going off favourite in last month's Novice Hurdle, but Harry Fry's charge is primed to renew his rivalry with the favourite on Saturday. 

The remaining confirmed entrants are Ryan Potter's Jetoile, Dom Of Mary from David Bridgwater's yard, Gary Moore's Shallwehaveonemore and Whizz Kid for trainer Dr Richard Newland.

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