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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Cheltenham, Saturday, January 24, 2004

Going - Good, good to soft in places

BP = best odds offered from Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Tote, Stanleybet. Bet365, William Hill. For the latest odds click on to the BritOdds.com link above.

3.05pm £80,000 Pillar Property Chase (Class A) Grade 2 (6yo+) 3m 1f 110yds

1) 211P Jair Du Cochet 29 Guillaime Macaire 7-11-10 Jacques Ricou
One of the top novices last year and finished second in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Won the Peterborough Chase from Best Mate earlier this season but was never going when favourite for the Pertemps King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. He is worth another chance as he prefers to race in small fields and get his own way..

BP= 7/2 Ladbrokes & Bet365

2) 23F2 Rince Ri 6 TedWalsh 11-11-10 Ruby Walsh
Won this race in 2002 on heavy ground. Consistent sort who would prefer softer ground and is not getting any younger.

BP= 14/1 Bet 365 and William Hill

3) -F3F Valley Henry 29 Howard Johnson 9-11-10 Graham Lee
His jumping always has been a problem. Had his first run for trainer Howard Johnson last time out and was going well when he came down in the King George. Well beaten fourth in this race last year but did much better in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup when occupying the same place two months later. Does not want the ground too soft so conditions may suit.

BP= 15/2 Ladbrokes

4) -F12 Sir Rembrandt 28 Robert Alner 8-11-06 Andrew Thornton
One of the up and coming horses. Game, talented and progressive chaser who won at Chepstow and then ran a great race to be second in the Coral Welsh National. Had a hard race then, which was four weeks ago, and need to have recovered. Seems to act on all ground.

BP= 11/4 Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Stanleybet, Bet365,

5) -42F Truckers Tavern 28 Ferdy Murphy 911-06t Tony Dobbin
Second in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup last year and has yet to hit the heights this season. Fell when going OK at Wetherby last time out.

BP= 6/1 Stanleybet

6) 1111 Therealbandit 23 Martin Pipe 7-11-03 Tony McCoy
The talking horse. Very promising horse who has won his two novice chases to date, both at Cheltenham. This is his hardest test to date and he is worth opposing.

BP= 5/2 Blue Square, Tote, Stanleybet

A fascinating and open race. JAIR DE COCHET is the value because of his proven ability and potential.

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