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Saturday, January 3, 2004



THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY




SANDOWN, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2004



2:15pm £45,000 Grade One ladbrokes.com TOLWORTH HURDLE, 2m

GOING: GOOD TO SOFT (GOOD IN PLACES)

BP = best odds offered from Coral Eurobet, Blue Square, Ladbrokes, Tote, Stanleybet. Bet365, William Hill

1) 6-12 Bourbon Manhattan Alan King 6-11-07 Robert Thornton
Stable currently in flying form and this one had good form in bumpers last season and made an impressive hurdling debut at Aintree. Beaten on very soft ground at Towcester last time out but should be suited by the better ground here.

BP = 5/2 Ladbrokes, Stanleybet & William Hill

2) 21 Garde Champetre Paul Nicholls 5-11-07 Ruby Walsh
Did not put in the greatest round of jumping when successful at Bangor last time. Could well show improvement here, but will certainly need to.

BP = 14/1 Coral Eurobet, Ladbrokes & Bet365

3) 12 Lingo Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-07 Liam Cooper
Would have been the best of these on the Flat when trained by Lynda Ramsden and made winning debut over hurdles in Ireland before being beaten by Perle de Puce in Grade Two event at Ascot a fortnight ago. Was maybe be given too much to do that day and should go close here, although unlikely to offer much value.

BP = 6/5 Coral Eurobet & Bet365

4) 21 Marrakech Dina Smith 7-11-00 Leighton Aspell
Rated in the mid 90s on the Flat when with Peter Harris and successful on second run over hurdles at Ascot in November. That was on soft ground, but had previously shown a liking for good ground on the Flat. Will need to improve on her last effort, but offers decent odds.

BP = 25/1 Ladbrokes

5) 3011 Perle De Puce Nicky Henderson 5-11-00 Mick Fitzgerald
French import who got off the mark on her British debut in Grade Two event at Ascot last time, when defeating Lingo. Questionable whether she will be able to confirm that superiority here. Any softening of the ground would suit.

BP = 7/2 Blue Square

SUMMARY
An open race on paper. With there being a number of "ifs" and "buts" in relation to all the field, the value is to be had by going for the outsider MARRAKECH.



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