Despite Denman’s defeat at the Berkshire Track, Paul Nicholl’s charge remains 5/4 favourite with Stan James for the Cheltenham Blue Ribbon event in the betting without Kauto Star.
Master Minded gave Ruby Walsh a major scare three out at Newbury but he managed to hang on to win and remains the one to beat in the Queen Mother renewal at Prestbury park in March. Kalahari King and Twist Magic hold firm at 6/1 with Paddy Power with Big Zeb next in the antepost betting at 8/1 at 888Sport.
Elsewhere, another The Paul Nicholls trained Najaf was cut from 25s to 14s for the Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle and from 20s to 10s for the Albert Bartlett by Stan James after his impressive win on his British debut at Exeter. The expensive purchase had very good form in France and looks another potential to star at Ditcheat.
Coral pushed Diamond Harry out to 7/1 from 6s for the RSA Chase at next month’s Festival after his success in the Newbury opener. Runner up Bensalem was cut from 20s to 16s by totesport.
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