Bristol De Mai Ready For Contenders Hurdle Test

Nigel Twiston-Davies's Bristol De Mai produced a sublime display on his racecourse debut at Chepstow and the exciting juvenile will aim to build some classy older horses on Saturday afternoon in Sandown Park's Contenders Hurdle at 1:15pm.

A race that can often provide a genuine Champion Hurdle candidate has attracted some exciting novices and the aforementioned Naunton inmate is already a prominent figure in the JCB Triumph Hurdle market and he could look to enhance his Cheltenham Festival claims here.

Being owned by the same ownership as Triumph favourite Peace And Co has left many questioning what race he will line up in at the Cheltenham Festival, but if he can win this contest in style then he's sure to give connections some problems for what should be an informative renewal.

Philip Hobbs's Garde La Victoire has been a revelation this season and showed when winning the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier in the season that he is a top notch performer over timber, but giving weight away to his rivals here he may just struggle.

Jollyallan has been touted as a Supreme Novices' Hurdle contender and the Harry Fry-trained six-year-old will be aiming to land his fourth win on the spin over timber and like Bristol De Mai will face his stiffest test against a battle-hardened Garde La Victoire, who will test these emerging talent's resolve.

Flute Bowl will complete the quartet, but he could well be out of his depth in what should be a cracking contest for all to enjoy on a card that also houses the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase later on in the afternoon.