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Saturday, December 23, 2006


THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN every Saturday

Hereford, Saturday, December 23, 2006

2.10pm £25,000 Totesport 0800 221 221 Handicap Chase 2m 3f

GOING: Good to Soft, soft in places



for the best odds go to www.BritOdds.com
BP= the best price at the time of writing


1) 144-335 Hoo La Baloo (FR) 21 5-11-12 Paul Nicholls Liam Heard (3)
Has been very highly tried and has struggled to cope. Needs to make the running really but has not been allowed to. This track will suit and he is starting to come down the handicap, albeit very slowly. BP= 9/2

2) 3106-41 Kalca Mome (FR) 14 8-11-09 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
Useful sort who likes soft ground. He has gone up 6lb for winning at Cheltenham last time and is racing off his highest-ever mark but this race is no better and he must have an excellent chance. BP= 3/1

3) 2-26P15 Iron Man (FR) 14 5-11-03 Peter Bowen P J Brennan
Has been wining over three miles recently but has won over similar trips to this. Likes to make the running or be close up and acts on very soft ground. Racing off his highest-ever mark and worth opposing. BP= 5/1

4) 4433/79- Simply Gifted 336 11-11-03 Jonjo O'Neill Tony McCoy
Lightly-raced sort who has been in the frame twice in the John Smith’s Grand National over nearly double this trip. His whole campaign will be geared to the Grand National again. BP= 25/1

5) 714U-03 Almaydan 19 8-11-01 b Richard Lee Seamus Durack
Poor jumping front runner who was tried over a longer trip last time out. May find this company a bit hot. BP= 17/2

6) 6-41218 Figaro du Rocher (FR) 23 6-10-13 t David Pipe Tom Scudamore
Another front-runner with fair form. His last effort over hurdles was a disappointing but he is isn’t out of the reckoning. BP= 12/1

7) P3P755 Portavadie 14 7-10-09 J Malcolm Jefferson Fergus King (3)
Consistent enough when he is jumping well but it looks like he still needs to come down the handicap and this is a tough field. BP= 22/1

8) 91/86-46 Liverpool Echo (FR) 36 6-10-07 v1 Karen Marks Tom Siddall
Over-faced last time and this trip is on the short side. BP= 28/1

9) 11P5U2 Kosmos Bleu (FR) 32 8 10-3 Robert Alner Andrew Thornton
Consistent sort who would have a good chance if coping with this trip which could be on the short side. However, with plenty of front runners he could come into his own in the closing stages.. BP= 9/1

10) 21P/ Kenzo III (FR) 630 8 10-0 Nicky Henderson Charlie Studd (7)
Has not raced for two and a half years. Could be anything - pulled up and an easy winner at Ludlow in his only two British starts. BP= 10/1

SUMMARY
There are question marks about most of these and favourite KALCA MOME is good value at odds of 3/1 to follow up his Cheltenham success.


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