Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle – Preview
Names To Note – Betting Breakdown
A competitive field of 20 is set to line up in the Grade 3 contest. With so many horses to choose from our team of tipsters select the names to look out for at both ends of the market.
NO ORDINARY JOE 11/2
This is a race that has eluded the six-time champion trainer Nicky Henderson, but he will be hopeful that can change come Sunday afternoon. No Ordinary Joe was entered to run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Friday over 2m5f but connections have opted to wait until Sunday in order to take home Sunday’s feature prize.
No Ordinary Joe has only tasted defeat once when going down to the highly-rated My Drogo in a Grade 2 event back in 2020 at Ascot. The five-year-old has since won both starts this season in a canter under Nico de Boinville and currently heads the betting.
Nicky Henderson’s charge will have to improve again and cope with the drop back to 2miles, but he has shown pace in his racing before and will relish the climb to the winning post if still in contention.
One of two four-year-olds in the contest, Adagio has been a model of consistency for trainer David Pipe and has tackled stronger opposition at Grade 1 level this past season.
The four-year-old was second in the JCB Triumph Hurdle two starts ago where he had the likes of Tritonic in behind but ultimately was no match for Quilixios of Henry De Bromhead’s. Adagio is one of the main protagonists in the Greatwood Hurdle and has yet to finish outside the first three positions in any of his starts to date.
However, the weight concession could be the main issue considering no horse has carried top-weight to success since the Philip Hobbs trained Menorah won the event back in 2010.
Trainer Philip Hobbs has will be looking to win this event for the fifth time this Sunday and his five-year-old Camprond looks to have strong claims. Camprond took the Grade 2 Persian War at Chepstow two starts back before following up at Cheltenham over 2m3f. Camprond has winning form over 2miles and should handle the step down in trip on Sunday comfortably.
Jockey Aidan Coleman remains in tremendous form at the moment and has a superb strike rate of 40% in the last two weeks with his mounts. Connections will be hoping the rain stays away this weekend as Camprond prefers racing on a sound surface and if getting his preferred conditions he should be competitive in this.
BOTOX HAS 18/1
After a failed chase debut, Botox Has reverts back to hurdles in the hope that he can rekindle some of his old form. The five-year-old has previously won twice at Cheltenham and with the trainer deciding to bring him back to the scene of his last victory, it could prove to be the spark he needs to get his career back on track.
Botox Has remains unexposed after just ten career starts and handles most ground conditions. Gary Moore’s yard has started to hit a bit of form and he is worth an each-way interest at decent odds.