Calipto Features In 32 Betfair Hurdle Entries

Paul Nicholls's Calipto has been attracting support in the betting offices over the last few weeks and the Ditcheat inmate was one of 32 entries received for Saturday's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, in what will be yet again one of the most competitive races on the National Hunt calendar.

A number of the leading protagonists in the betting for the valuable prize stood their ground and Harry Fry's Activial is another who has plummeted into single figures in the betting market and he will be aiming to land this prestigious event for his fledgling trainer.

Nicky Henderson has a fine record in the race and he could well saddle the top-weighted Sign Of A Victory, whilst Snake Eyes is one further down the list that has caught many ante-post punter's eyes, but with only 24 horses allowed to take their place in the field then he will need some to be scratched by the final declaration stage later in the week.

Dan Skelton's Fascino Rustico was trimmed after winning impressively last week and the progressive youngster could take his chance in the event, whilst the likes of David Pipe's Balgarry and the interesting duo of Seedling, Pine Creek and On Tour add significant depth to what should be a thriller.

Also, starring at Newbury on Saturday will be the Denman Chase and Game Spirit Chase which will be premier trials for the elite races at the Cheltebham Festival, but they have been reopened in order to try and gain bigger numbers for what should be an informative weekend.