Mister Hyde the villain amongst heroes?
A final field of 21 have declared for Sandown's Heroes Handicap Hurdle on Saturday, with William Hill reporting strong support for the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Mister Hyde, now 7-1 from 10-1.
The six-year-old appreciated the switch to handicap company when winning at Towcester in November, before finishing a decent sixth to Grands Crus at Cheltenham, although well beaten. He arrives on the back of a good win amongst the novices at Plumpton latest.
A number of rivals are set to re-oppose, with Nicky Henderson's Lush Life, ahead of Mister Hyde when they last met, topping the betting at 11-2. Winner of a competitive Prestbury handicap on his last start, he boasts a victory over classy Champion Hurdle fancy Menorah as a career highlight.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said, 'Lush Life is our current market leader, but all the interest has been with the AP-ridden O'Neill entrant, who we've cut to 7-1 from 10s following strong support. As far as we're concerned, Mister Hyde certainly looks the bookies' villain amongst these Heroes'.
Totescoop6 Heroes Handicap Hurdle (William Hill bet): 11-2 Lush Life, 7-1 Alfie Spinner, Mister Hyde, 10-1 Kilcrea Kim, Prince Tom, 12-1 Like A Hurricane, 14-1 Pause and Clause, Supreme De Paille, 20-1 County Zen, Dansimar, Miss Overdrive, Numide, Quartz De Thaix, 25-1 Dantari, Mr Jay Dee, 33-1 Alitlhar, Arkose, Gee Dee Nen, Roll Along, William Hogarth, 66-1 National Trust (EW 1/4 1,2,3,4)
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