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Saturday, December 18, 2004


Saturday, December 18, 2004

3.40pm Banbury Handicap Hurdle 2m

For the latest best odds, go to www.britodds.com

BP= best price at the time of writing

Gong - Good to soft - soft in places

1 313- It’s Rumoured Jean-Rene Auvray 4-11-12 D Crosse(3)
Won a poor Stratford novice hurdle in 2003 and came third in two others - has not raced for 14 months. Shrewd trainer but poor value. BP= 6/1 6/1 Shrewd trainer

2 5-74 The Local C R Egerton 4-11-11 A Tinkler 99
Likes to make the running but invariably caught. Likes soft conditions and this tight track should suit. Trainer in fair form but this is poor value. BP= 9/4 Fav Shrewd

3 0P-9 Croker S T Lewis 9-11-8 Mr D Mansell(7) 90
Won two races in December 2002 and lightly raced since then. Will have needed his first run this season over two and a half miles. Drops back to two miles here but has not shown form for some time. Even so at these odds and, considerably bigger on the betting exchanges, it is worth taking a small each-way chance. BP= 66/1 Shrewd

4 P-0P Smokestack J A B Old 8-11-6 W Hutchinson 91
Has been pulled up over longer trips and has shown little at this distance either but trainer is in good form at the moment. BP=13/2 13/2Shrewd

5 6BR4 La Marette John Allen 6-11-4 P J Brennan 95
Stayer who will probably find this trip and course too sharp which makes these odds disappointing. BP=15/2 Shrewd

6 4068 Outside Investor P R Rodford 4-11-2b A Honeyball(3) 97
Modest performer who showed a tiny bit last time and is not of it but poor value. BP=6/1 Shrewd

7 05-7 Let ěs Celebrate F Jordan 4-11-1 L Aspell 89
Very modest performer but showed a glimmer on his most recent run but has the type of trainer to do well in a race like this. BP=7/1 Shrewd

8 30PP Bid Spotter Mrs Lucinda Featherstone 5-11-0 J P McNamara 94
Has not run since July and is likely to need the run BP=33/1 Shrewd

9 60-0 Sou ěWester R Flint 4-10-8 L Stephens(7) -
Very poor form. BP=66/1 66/1Shrewd

10 /8P- Bualadhbos F Jordan 5-10-1 J P Byrne(3) -
Very modest performer - having just his fourth run over hurdles. BP=25/1 Shrewd

11 2P-4 All On My Own I W McInnes 9-10-0 L Vickers(3) 81
Very modest performer who has yet to win a race but he is given some chance here. Fourth in a Market Rasen seller in October. BP=10/1 Shrewd

12 70-5 Final Lap H G Owen 8-10-0v O Nelmes(5) 95
Very modest performer who showed his best form for a while last time out which gives him some chance. BP=25/1 25/1Shrewd

This is a poor race, more akin to a seller but it means the odds are attractive for the more unfashionable types. CROKER falls into that category and is over 100/1 on the exchanges which is worth a small bit each way.

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