Ruby Walsh believes Prospect Wells has more than enough to dominate the Ladbroke Hurdle this Saturday – and it’s hard to disagree with him.
Trained by Paul Nicholls, the six year-old has won two of his three starts over hurdles and is currently the big 3/1 favourite to claim victory following his win over the hurdles at Newbury late last month.
And Walsh – who is set to ride the smart novice this Saturday – believes he has a great chance of bagging yet another win for Nicholls.
Speaking to the Racing Post, Walsh said: “He’s got a great weight and was very impressive at Newbury. He’s going in the right direction and novices go well in handicaps.
“Ascot should suit and we hope he’s got a good chance.”
We told you earlier in the week that Abergavenny looked a great each-way punt at 12/1 and he’s been cut to 8/1 heading into the race – making him joint second favourite with Gibb River.
The Nicky Henderson-trained Gibb River has been raced lightly over the year and his third place finish at Sandown earlier this month was his first outing since March.
He has three wins in five races over hurdles in his career and an 8/1 punt on the well-rested horse could prove a lucrative bet if Prospect Wells fails to perform.
Elsewhere, another Nicholls-trained horse, Brampour, heads into his second big race in a week carrying top weight and can be backed at 10/1 to win the Ladbroke- the same as Raya Star and Sailors Warn.