Robin heads Newbury field

  • Last Updated: February 7 2013, 11:20 GMT

A maximum field of 23 runners has been declared for Saturday's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

Petit Robin: Heads the weights
Petit Robin: Heads the weights

The original top-weight Petit Robin has stood his ground ensuring that stablemate and leading fancy My Tent Or Yours shoulders just 11-2 and that this week's market mover Swing Bowler is set to carry just 10-1.

Her jockey, Timmy Murphy can ride at 10-0 and will be keen to continue the partnership with the David Johnson owned mare who is unbeaten in five starts under Rules.

David Pipe is also set to be represented by Ronaldo Des Mottes and Home Run who is due to run at Taunton on Thursday.

Nicky Henderson has also put a strong team together with Punjabi, Cash And Go, Lyvius and First In The Queue joining the aforementioned My Tent Or Yours and Petit Robin.

Henderson has a fine record in the extended two-mile contest, having saddled the likes of Landing Light and Geos to victory in recent years.

Paul Nicholls has declared Pearl Swan, Dark Lover and four year old Caid Du Berlais while there are two runners from Ireland in Cause Of Causes, has already picked up a valuable prize this season, and Princeton Plains.

Top novice Cotton Mill is a major contender and makes his first start of the season for John Ferguson with other interesting participants including Emma Lavelle's Claret Cloak and the Evan Williams-trained Court Minstrel.

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