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Captain Conan - Sandown - 07/01/2012

Captain Conan (centre) was introduced to Cheltenham novice markets

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Captain Conan bursts
onto Supreme scene

TOLWORTH victory at Sandown launched Captain Conan into the ante-post reckoning for the William Hill Supreme Novices' and the Neptune Investment Management Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Nicky Henderson-trained French import, making his first start in Britain, was introduced to the Supreme market as 10-1 co-favourite by race sponsors William Hill, but was more generally 12-1 and as big as 20-1 with Boylesports.

The hurdler will be given an entry in the Neptune too, for which he was introduced at 16-1 by Ladbrokes.

Colour Squadron, whose wayward finish condemned him to a narrow Tolworth second, was cut to 16-1 (from 20) for the Supreme by both Ladbrokes and William Hill, although he was shortest at 14-1 with Coral.

Hold Fast was on the move in ante-post markets after his visually impressive freewheeling victory at Sandown.

Paddy Power introduced the Graham Wylie-owned animal to the Queen Mother Champion Chase market at 25-1, although a more realistic option appears the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual, for which Hold Fast was made 10-1 favourite by Paddy Power, while William Hill went 14-1.

In Ireland, the wide-margin victory of a beginners' chase at Thurles by Berties Dream was enough to earn the Henry de Bromhead-trained horse a 25-1 RSA Chase quote from Ladbrokes and a 16-1 National Hunt Chase quote from Paddy Power.

Heading in the other direction was Tolworth flop Prospect Wells, out to 20-1 (from 12) for the Supreme with Ladbrokes.

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