Paul Nicholls's Calipto has been attracting significant support in the ante-post betting for the Betfair Hurdle and the Ditcheat inmate will aim to land the coveted handicap prize on February 7, as he aims to return to winning ways after a second placed finish at Cheltenham in October.
Activial was well backed for the Ladbroke Hurdle earlier in the season and he wasn't disgraced when finishing third in that Ascot event and Harry Fry's charge is another prominent figure in the betting, whilst Nicky Henderson's Sign Of A Victory was unable to land a blow on Faugheen in the Christmas Hurdle and should enjoy a step back into handicap company.
Snake Eyes was fancied for the Boylesports Hurdle in Ireland, but failed to figure and will be aiming to bounce back in this 2m 110y feature on a day that will see the Denman Chase also star, whilst David Pipe's Balgarry is another eye-catching entry and could be a prominent figure.
Dan Skelton's Fascino Rustico impressed last time out and could be on a major incline, whilst the classy triumvirate of Blair Perrone, Pine Creek and On Tour add more depth to what should be a difficult punting assignment for all Newbury racegoers.
12/1 Pine Creek
12/1 Fascino Rustico
14/1 Sign Of A Victory
14/1 Snake Eyes
14/1 Jolly's Cracked It
14/1 On Tour
16/1 Blair Perrone
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The Betfair Hurdle is a Grade Three handicap race run at Newbury over two miles, 110 yards for horses aged four years or older.
Origingally known as the Totesport Trophy, the contest is widely regarded as one of the most fiercely-contested handicap hurdles of the whole calendar and can often throw up a future Champion Hurdle prospect.
However, only two horses have managed to win this race before going on to the Cheltenham Festival and win the 2m Tuesday showpiece. Persian War was the first to achieve the feat in the 1960's before Martin Pipe's Make A Stand won this contest in 1997 before going on to Prestbury Park a month later to lift the Champion Hurdle crown.
More recently the winner of this race has often been kept down the handicap route and are often seen competing in either the Coral Cup or County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Geos won this race on two separate occasions in 2000 and 2004 for his trainer Nicky Henderson, who has incidentally got a decent record in this contest having notched up four winners since 1998.