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Monday, December 27, 2004


*Akarus Heads Coral Welsh National Betting

Harchibald is 7-2 (from 5-1) favourite for the Champion Hurdle with Coral following his win in the Christmas Hurdle this afternoon. Fellow Irish raider Kicking King is 12-1 (from 14-1) for the Gold Cup after his King George heroics, while Kingscliff is 7-1 (from 12-1) for the Gold Cup following his Kempton run.

After the final declarations for the Coral Welsh National, Akarus heads the sponsor's betting at 5-1, ahead of Chives, Silver Birch and L'Aventure, all 11-2.

**Champion Hurdle
7-2 (from 5-1) Harchibald, 6-1 Hardy Eustace, 8-1 (from 12-1) Rooster Booster, Back In Front, Accordion Etoile, 14-1 Solerina, Brave Inca, 16-1 Inglis Drever, Macs Joy, 20-1 Intersky Falcon, Royal Shakespeare, 25-1 Lingo, Self Defense, 33-1 Hasty Prince, Rigmarole, 40-1 Royal Alphabet, Perouse

**Gold Cup
2-1 Best Mate, 7-1 (from 12-1) Kingscliff, 11-1 Strong Flow, Beef Or Salmon, 12-1 Kicking King, 14-1 Celestial Gold, One Knight, Fundamentalist, 16-1 Therealbandit, 20-1 Sir Rembrandt, Grey Abbey, Harbour Pilot, 25-1 Lord Sam, Kotkijet, Iris's Gift, Colonel Frank, Lord Transcend, Keen Leader, 33-1 Our Vic, Royal Emperor, Murphy's Cardinal, Rule Supreme, Pizarro, Truckers Tavern

**Coral Welsh National
5-1 Akarus, 11-2 Chives, L'Aventure, Silver Birch, 9-1 Bindaree, Strong Resolve, 10-1 Be My Royal, Jurancon II, 20-1 Desailly, Lord Jack, Shotgun Willy, 25-1 Supreme Glory, Take The Stand, 33-1 Count Campioni, 40-1 Asparagus, 50-1 Sir Frosty, 66-1 Jim Jam Joey

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