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When is The Tolworth Hurdle 2021?

The Unibet Tolworth Hurdle takes place at the Tolworth Hurdle Day meeting at Sandown Park Racecourse in the first week of January.

For 2021, the race is on Saturday 2nd January getting underway at 2.25pm

The race was established in 1976, this Grade 1 race is open to novices aged 4 years and older, and run over a distance of two miles.

Many fine horses have won the Tolworth Hurdle including Desert Orchid in 1984, Finians Oscar in 2017 and Summerville Boy in 2018, all going on to fantastic careers.   Colin Tizzard has enjoyed good success in recent years with three winners in the last four races.  Nicky Henderson holds the record for leading trainer though with five winners.

    10 Year Trends and Statistics (no race in 2009 and 2010 as it was moved from December to January) 

    • Age – All of the last 10 winners were aged between 5 and 7.
    • Sex – All of the last 10 winners were geldings.
    • Trainer – Most successful in the last 10 years has been Nicky Henderson with 4 wins and Colin Tizzard has trained 3 winners in the same period.
    • Country – 6 of the last 10 winners were bred in Ireland, 3 in France and 1 in Great Britain.
    • Colour – 5 of the last 10 winners were bay..
    • Weight Carried – All of the last 10 winners carried at least 11st 7lb.
    • Starting Price (SP) – 7 of the last 10 winners returned a SP of 7/2 or less, the other 3 were 8/1, 9/1, 9/1.
    • Starting Price Rank – 5 of the last 10 winners started as favourite and all were in the first 5 in the betting.
    • Headgear – None of the last 10 winners wore any headgear.
    • Days Since Last Run – All of the last 10 winners had run between 15 and 28 days ago. 
    • Last Run Form – 9 of the last 10 winners had won last time out, the other 1 was third.

    Tolworth Hurdle Previous Winners

    DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
    Sandown2m½fGood To Soft953/111-71410(0)22d
    Sandown2m½fGood To Soft555/411-700(0)15d
    Wincanton2mGood To Soft7711/411-700(0)43d


    Tolworth Hurdle Tips

    2 days to go and the Tolworth Hurdle is down to 8 runners due to the forecast heavy going. I may end up with egg on my face but I am eliminating GALICE MACOLO from calculations due to the poor record of mares in the race. Of the rest only SMURPHI ENKI meets the DSLR statistic and he makes my shortlist along with last time out winners ADRIMEL and METIER.

    Keith's Tip on Raceday

    METIER 14:25 Sandown 11/8 – Comfortable winner on both his hurdle starts and is expected to make all. With ADRIMEL now a non runner the best of the rest is GRACE MACALO but this race is not a happy hunting ground for mares and she was eliminated on that basis.

    How did we do?

    METIER went off a weak favourite having drifted to 7/4 but there was no cause for concern. Held up in close 5th on the inside rail, METIER made headway on bit before 2 out and was leading before last, he was soon clear, drawing right away on the run-in, impressive. 

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    Tolworth Hurdle Results

    Unibet Tolworth Novices Hurdle (Grade 1)
    Distance: 2m (3516 yards) Prize (winner): £19932 Direction: Right Handed
    Runners: 7    Going: Heavy    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 4 mins 10.30s   Avg OR: 96     Median OR: 132

    Full Results:

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    41stMetier (IRE)511-7142Fry, HarryBowen, Sean P7/4 (Fav)2.981.88
    held up in close 5th on inside, headway on bit before 2 out, led before last and soon clear, drew right away run-in, impressive BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 3.3
    52nd12Shakem Uparry (IRE)711-7130Pauling, BenJacob, Daryl7/18.464.00
    led, headed before last, readily outpaced by winner run-in, kept on for clear 2nd BF IP MIN 1.5 BF IP MAX 1000
    73rd8.5Tile Tapper711-70Honour, ChrisGethings, Ciaran22/123.808.73
    held up last, awkward 2nd, outpaced 4 out, kept on into modest 4th between last 2, hung left before the last, took 3rd run-in, no chance with leading duo BF IP MIN 18 BF IP MAX 1000
    24th2.75Do Your Job (IRE)711-7136Scudamore, M JPowell, Brendan5/17.003.09
    chased leaders, ridden in 3rd and one pace before 2 out, no chance with leading duo, weakened into 4th run-in BF IP MIN 4.8 BF IP MAX 1000
    85th14Galice Macalo (FR)511-0134Williams, Mrs JaneWilliams, Chester3/14.392.22
    pulled hard tracking leader, pushed along and lost 2nd before 2 out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 4.1 BF IP MAX 1000
    36th2.5Grandeur Dame (FR)511-70Sherwood, OColeman, A25/135.8212.50
    last pair, pushed along and struggling before 2 out, soon ridden and beaten, never on terms BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000
    6PUSmurphy Enki (FR)611-7132Gordon, CCannon, Tom J8/19.554.16
    tracked leaders, hit 3rd, jumped slowly and mistake next, ridden and weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off soon after, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000

    Non Runners  Adrimel (FR)

    Unibet Tolworth Novices Hurdle (Grade 1)
    Distance: 2m (3516 yards +10 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £28475 Direction: Right Handed
    Runners: 7    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 4 mins 7.60s   Avg OR: 97     Median OR: 132 

    Full results:

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    21stFiddlerontheroof (IRE)611-7140Tizzard, C LPower, R M5/4 (Fav)2.521.57
    tracked leaders, led before 2 out, soon clear, easily BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 3.8
    72nd6Jeremys Flame (IRE)611-0Hood136Cromwell, Gavin PatrickMoore, J M6/17.543.00
    held up last, headway on wide outside chasing leaders before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace, never any chance with winner BF IP MIN 2.1 BF IP MAX 1000
    63rd15Son Of Camas (FR)511-70Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico4/15.802.87
    chased leaders, plugged on disputing 2nd before 2 out until 2 out, one pace in 3rd BF IP MIN 4.5 BF IP MAX 1000
    14th1Calva DAuge (FR)511-7132Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry20/137.529.66
    led until jumped slowly and headed 1st, led again 3rd until 5th, chased leaders, weakened before 2 out BF IP MIN 23 BF IP MAX 1000
    35th19Hang In There (IRE)611-7145Lavelle, Miss E CColeman, A4/15.702.87
    edgy and wore hood in paddock, tracked leader until led 1st, dived next, headed 3rd, in front again 5th, headed and wakened on long run before 2 out BF IP MIN 4.3 BF IP MAX 1000
    46th6.5Logan Rocks (IRE)511-7CkPc126Murphy, AmyQuinlan, Jack66/192.4519.64
    held up in last pair, outpaced 3 out, ridden and weakened before next BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000
    57th20Silver Hallmark611-70OBrien, FergalWedge, Adam9/111.345.00
    held up, pushed along on outside chasing leaders before 3 out, weakened on long run before next BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000

    Unibet Tolworth Novices Hurdle (Grade 1)
    Distance: 2m (3516 yards) Prize (winner): £28475 Direction: Right Handed
    Runners: 5    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 4 mins 5.22s   Avg OR: 109     Median OR: 137

    Full results:

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    11stElixir De Nutz (FR)511-7140Tizzard, C LOBrien, T J3/14.622.20
    mostly jumped slickly, made all, hit 5th, ridden between last 2, driven and stayed on strongly run-in, unchallenged BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 4.8
    22nd0.5Grand Sancy (FR)511-7Hood137Nicholls, P FTwiston-Davies, Sam4/15.462.32
    held up last, closer in 4th place at 3rd, hit 5th, travelling well in 3rd before 2 out, went 2nd before the last, driven and stayed on run-in, not quite pace to challenge BF IP MIN 1.55 BF IP MAX 1000
    63rd3.25Southfield Stone611-7140Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry6/17.843.00
    chased winner, pushed along before 2 out, lost 2nd and no extra in 3rd before the last BF IP MIN 2.12 BF IP MAX 1000
    54th8Rathhill (IRE)611-70Henderson, N JGeraghty, B J6/5 (Fav)2.351.67
    tracked leading pair on inside, pushed along after 3 out, struggling and beaten before next, eased BF IP MIN 2.32 BF IP MAX 1000
    45th5Mercy Mercy Me711-7130OBrien, FergalBrennan, P J14/115.115.44
    held up in 4th place, dropped to last at 3rd, weakened 3 out BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000

    Non Runners  Idee De Garde (FR)

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