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Saturday, December 3, 2005




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1) 21-3 Ashley Brook Kevin Bishop 7-11-07 Tony McCoy
Progressive young chaser who ran well to be third behind Monkerhostin on his comeback in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter. Has a great chance with Tony McCoy coming in for the ride but connections seem to be unsure about his best distance. BP= 11/4

2) 43-4 Hand Inn Hand Henry Daly 9-11-07 Robert Thornton
Decent sort at around two and a half miles, winning a Grade One at Ascot in January, 2004. However, that was the last time he visited the winner’s enclosure and he will do well to finish in the first three against these two-mile specialists. BP= 16/1

3) 12-2 Kauto Star Paul Nicholls 5-11-07t Mick Fitzgerald
Well fancied for last year's Arkle before injury deprived him of his chance. Looked very good when winning at Newbury on his British chase debut last December, but has not had much experience over fences and is surely no value in such a competitive race. BP= 13/8

4) 118- Locksmith Martin Pipe 5-11-07 Timmy Murphy
Good novice chaser last season, winning four of his seven starts, and clearly has plenty of ability. However, this is a very tough race for a second season chaser to make his reappearance in, and is probably only running due to injury to stablemate Well Chief. BP= 33/1

5) -122 Monkerhostin Philip Hobbs 8-11-07 Richard Johnson
Tremendously game and ultra-consistent eight-year-old who mixes chasing with hurdling in top-class company. Ran away with the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on his reappearance and has run well in defeat in two subsequent outings. Guaranteed to run his race but may be vulnerable to an improver at this level. BP= 11/2

6) 114- Oneway Mark Rimell 8-11-07 Graham Lee
Improved in leaps and bounds last year, rattling off a five-timer and going on to run well in defeat in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on his final start. Has an excellent course record and goes well fresh, likes cut in the ground and looks set to run a big race. BP= 11/2

7) 1F-4 Sporazene Paul Nicholls 6-11-07 Christian Williams
High-class hurdler at his best, winning the County Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. Has only had two starts over fences, winning once and falling once, and ran well on his return over hurdles, but may lack the experience to mix it with more battle-hardened chasers. BP= 12/1

In a fascinating contest, ONEWAY is taken to maintain last season's improvement and confirm himself as one of the top two-mile chasers at the expense of Ashley Brook and Kauto Star.

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