Speak Easy Given Tolworth Option

Tue 2nd Jan 2018, 14:55

Speak Easy (McManus colours)
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Joseph O'Brien's Speak Easy is a potential challenger for the 32Red Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.

The JP McManus-owned gelding won a point-to-point last spring and was a dominant winner on his hurdling bow at Navan last month.

Claimantakinforgan also features among the 11 Tolworth entries.

Third in last season's Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, Nicky Henderson's charge has won each of his two starts over hurdles, most recently impressing in the Grade Two Supreme Trial at Ascot.

Henderson has claimed this Grade One prize four times in the last seven years and could also call upon Whatswrongwithyou and Summit Juvenile Hurdle winner We Have A Dream.

Kalashnikov could put his unbeaten record on the line for Amy Murphy, while Warren Greatrex has both Dream Brother and Western Ryder in contention.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Mont Des Avaloirs, Tom George's Summerville Boy, The Russian Doyen from Colin Tizzard's yard and Gary Moore's exciting juvenile Sussex Ranger complete the potential field.

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