Friday, January 06, 2012

Time for the Tolworth

Only five declared for the Tolworth at Sandown tomorrow; a big run can be expected from both Propsect Wells and Colour Squadron while Nicky Henderson's Captain Conan has some smart French form to his name and could be anything. January is usually a quiet month for the Nicholls yard and connections have admitted their decision to let Propsect Wells take his chance here was 'an afterthought'. Colour Squadron makes more appeal, with underfoot conditions likely to suit Philip Hobbs' charge. Colour Squadron (2/1 generally) is the selection.

Other very quick notes...

The Strawberry One (4/1 this evening) has just one pound to find with top-rated Kaffie (7/4) on official ratings in the opener. She is considered, although it's worth noting her wins to date have come on good ground or quicker.

Course and distance winner Dave's Dream looks overpriced at 9/1 in the 2.05 and should be thereabouts granted a decent round of jumping. He merits each-way support, with David Bass claiming a valuable three pounds.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Tears in the Tolworth...

Richard Johnson took the field along, gradually increasing the pace aboard selection Colour Squadron (11/8jf). Market rival Propsect Wells was in trouble three out but the main threat now came in the shape of Captain Conan (9/1). Johnson jumped the last ahead but when push came to shove Colour Squadron hung badly left, in effect gifting the race to Captain Conan. Once straightened out, Colour Squadron, looking an awkward ride, started to close again but the damage had been done and he went down a short-head on the line.

On a day to forget, I have to ask the question, 'Has Dave's Dream turned sour?' It certainly looked that way as the selection, 8/1 at the off, put in a particularly petulant display, never travelling and looking reluctant on the paddock turn. He finished seventh and after this should be given a wide berth until showing a hint of the form that saw him win at the Cheltenham Open meeting in 2010.