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Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Would an impressive victory see Denman's Gold Cup favouritism threatened?

PUNTERS are keeping their powder dry at this stage and trade is very
light indeed, but the early Betfair betting puts Kauto Star in at 8-15
to win the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday.

For only the second time in his UK career, Kauto Star ended last season with two consecutive defeats. But he clearly has outstanding form claims in this Grade 1 3m contest.

Timeform rate him a 16lb superior horse to the 5-1 second favourite in
the race, The Listener, in their recently-published Chasers & Hurdlers

Kauto Star has won the Betfair Chase for the past two seasons - taking
the race en route to netting the exchange's million pound bonus in the
2006/07 season - and he currently trades at 5-4 on Betfair to triumph in the Haydock race for a third time next month.

Betfair spokesman Tony Calvin commented: "The form book suggests Kauto
Star should win easily at Down Royal at the weekend.

"But his ring-rusty effort on his reappearance at Aintree last season
may prompt the layers to oppose him on Saturday and he may yet drift to far bigger than 8-15, especially as his main rival The Listener excels in these soft ground staying contests in Ireland.

"However, if Kauto comes back with a bang at Down Royal, there may not
be much to choose between him and Denman in our Cheltenham Gold Cup

"As it stands Denman is available at over 9-4 and Kauto Star just under 9-2 on Betfair - far less a difference in the betting than is prevalent elsewhere.

"And, remember, Timeform still rate Kauto Star 2lb the better horse,

To win JNwine.com Down Royal Champion Chase - Betfair bet: 8-15 Kauto
Star, 5-1 The Listener, 7-1 Snowy Morning, 14-1 A Fistfullofdollars,
16-1 Turpin Green, Knight Legend, 35-1 Notre Petre, 54-1 Light On The
Broom, 99-1 Oh Jackie

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