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Sunday, December 28, 2003


Best Mate 5/4 for Cheltenham Gold Cup following demolition job in Ireland


Ladbrokes now make Henrietta Knight's two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner 5/4 from 7/4 to make it three come March after his victory in the Ericsson Chase at leopardstown today.


"One has to think we have just seen the 2004 Gold Cup winner there," said Balthazar Fabricius of Ladbrokes. "Unless Keen Leader gets over his Prestbury Park stage fright there really is only one winner," added Fabricius.


Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup
3m 2f, Cheltenham, 18th March 2004
5/4 (from 7/4) Best Mate, 6 (from 7) Kingscliff, 10 (from 12) Keen Leader, 12 Beef Or Salmon, 14 Truckers Tavern, 14 First Gold, 14 Sir Rembrandt, 20 Jair Du Cochet, 25 Irish Hussar, 25 La Landiere, 33 Hussard Collonges, 33 It Takes Time, 33 Valley Henry, 40 Harbour Pilot (1/4 odds 1,2,3)


In what has also been a good day for Edward O'Grady, Pizarro and Sacundai are big movers in the Royal and SunAlliance Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle respectively.


Royal & SunAlliance Chase
3m 1/2f, Cheltenham, 17th March 2004
4 Therealbandit, 7 Nil Desperandum, 8 Lord Transcend, 10 Lord Sam, 10 (from 25) Pizarro, 12 Our Vic, 14 Royal Emperor, 14 Supreme Prince, 16 Ballycassidy, 16 Brooklyn Breeze, 16 Emotional Moment, 20 Native Emperor, 20 Xenophon, 25 Calling Brave, 25 Camden Tanner, 25 Inching Closer, 25 Mister Banjo, 25 Murphys Cardinal, 25 Rosslea, 33 Buckby Lane, 33 Satco Express, 33 Slooghy, 33 Tribal Venture, 40 Rule Supreme, 40 Korelo (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle
3m, Cheltenham, 18th March 2004
6/4 Baracouda, 3 Iris's Gift, 5 (from 12) Sacundai, 5 Solerina, 7 Hardy Eustace, 20 Calling Brave, 25 Foreman, 25 Golden Cross, 25 Holy Orders, 25 Sh Boom, 40 Deano's Beano, 40 Rostropovich, 40 Stromness (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Smurfit Champion Hurdle
2m, Cheltenham, 16th March 2004
9/4 Rhinestone Cowboy, 5 Rooster Booster, 8 Back In Front, 8 Intersky Falcon, 14 Rigmarole, 14 Solerina, 16 Specular, 20 Spirit Leader, 25 Lingo, 25 Sporazene, 33 Hasty Prince, 33 Overstrand, 33 Quazar, 33 Spectroscope, 33 Well Chief (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Irish Independent Arkle Chase
2m, Cheltenham, 16th March 2004
7/2 Thisthatandtother, 8 (from 16) Caracciola, 12 Our Vic, 14 Central House, 14 Non So, 16 Kicking King, 16 Le Duc, 16 Polar Red, 16 Ned Kelly,20 Chauvinist, 20 Fota Island, 20 Westender, 25 Anxious Moments, 25 Bal De Nuit, 25 Copeland, 25 Glenhaven Nugget, 25 L'ange Au Ciel, 25 Santenay, 33 Inca Trail, 33 Keltic Bard, 33 Our Armageddon, (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

Queen Mother Champion Chase
2m, Cheltenham, 17th March 2004
6/4 Moscow Flyer, 5/2 Azertyuiop, 14 Le Roi Miguel, 14 Tuitchev, 16 Cenkos, 16 Kadarann, 20 Flagship Uberalles, 20 Impek, 20 Native Upmanship, 25 Geos, 25 Isio, 25 Latalomne, 33 Adamant Approach, 33 Farmer Jack, 33 Palarshan, 33 Seebald, (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

JCB Triumph Hurdle
2m, Cheltenham, 18th March 2004
12 Trouble At Bay, 14 Emanic, 14 Tamarinbleu, 16 Howle Hill, 20 Al Eile, 20 Imazulutoo, 20 Lough Dearg, 20 Kjetil, 25 Adopted Hero, 25 King Revo, 25 Mondul, 25 Top Strategy, 33 Zimbabwe, 40 After Eight, 40 Blue Corrig, 40 Chokdee, 40 Damarisco, 40 Maiful, 40 Pantarez, 40 Web Perceptions (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)

Martell Grand National
4m 4f, Aintree, 3rd April 2004
14 (from 25) Bindaree, 16 Monty's Pass, 20 Behrajan, 20 Davids Lad, 20 Hedgehunter, 20 Rince Ri, 20 Timbera, 25 (from 40) Gunner Welburn, 25 Joss Naylor, 25 Ad Hoc, 25 Amberleigh House, 25 Clan Royal, 25 Chives, 25 Kingsmark, 25 Ryalux, 25 What's Up Boys, 33 Gunther McBride, 33 Haut Cercy, 33 Knock Knock, 33 Iris Bleu, 33 Stormez, 33 Swansea Bay, 33 Truckers Tavern, 40 Mini Sensation, 40 Carbury Cross, 40 Mac's Gildoran, 40 Montifault, 50 Ballybrophy (1/4 odds 1,2,3,4)


BEST MATE ODDS-ON FOR HISTORIC THIRD GOLD CUP


Coral today slashed the odds on Best Mate winning a third consecutive Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup to 4-5 from 11-8 after he sauntered to victory in today's Ericsson Chase at Leopardstown.


Runner-up Le Coudray is 16-1 from 50-1 for the Gold Cup while Beef Or Salmon is out to 12-1 from 7-1 after being well beaten in third place.


Earlier Pizarro impressed when winning the Grade One Novice Chase and is 10-1 from 16-1 for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase with Coral. Sacundai was also mightily impressive in winning the Christmas Hurdle and is 8-1 from 14-1 for the Stayers Hurdle.


**Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup
4-5 Best Mate (11-8), 7-1 Kingscliff, 8-1 Keen Leader, 12-1 Beef Or Salmon, Sir Rembrandt, 14-1 Truckers Tavern, 16-1 Jair Du Cochet, Le Coudray, 20-1 First Gold, 25-1 La Landiere, Hussard Collonges, Colonel Braxton, 33-1 Irish Hussar, Behrajan, 40-1 Chives, Harbour Pilot, Joss Naylor

**Bonusprint Stayers Hurdle
Evs Baracouda, 4-1 Iris's Gift, 5-1 Solerina, 8-1 Sacundai, 14-1 Hardy Eustace, 20-1 Foreman, Golden Cross, Crystal d Ainay, 25-1 Holy Orders, Sh Boom, 33-1 Rostropovich, Deanos Beeno

**Royal & SunAlliance Chase
7-2 Therealbandit, 7-1 Nil Desperandum, 8-1 Lord Transcend, Lord Sam, 10-1 Pizarro, 12-1 Xenophon, 14-1 Our Vic, Native Emperor, Royal Emperor, 16-1 Emotional Moment, Supreme Prince, 20-1 Brooklyn Breeze, Murphys Cardinal, 25-1 Camden Tanner, Galileo, Ballycassidy, Calling Brave



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