Racing: Bet on Burton for title

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Les Jefford is 7-4 favourite for the mens' title with the bookmakers Dick Reynolds.

Mike Smith, who along with his father, Chris, bets as Dick Reynolds at most of the West Country points, considers the ladies' title a "walkover" for Polly Gundry, the winner in 2000, so prices for the ladies' title are on application only. "We've found that business is strong at the points and on a par with racing under Rules," Mike said. "We cater for some big players and £1,000 bets are nothing out of the ordinary."

West Country riders have an advantage as their season extends to the final day, but Richard Burton could be the best value bet at 4-1.

Mens' Championship: 7-4 L Jefford, 2-1 J Pritchard, 4-1 R Burton, 7-1 D Dunsdon, 10-1 G Hanmer, 14-1 A Farrant, 16-1 others.

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