Hill the warm order for Cheltenham

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Coome Hill was in demand with punters for the Cheltenham Gold Cup yesterday following his victory in the Jim Ford Chase at Wincanton on Thursday. Walter Dennis's gelding, who beat Unguided Missile by a length and a quarter, is now 6-1 joint-third favourite for the Cheltenham race with Ladbrokes, from 7-1. The same firm have lengthened the prices of Danoli, out to 6-1 from 11-2, and Dublin Flyer (9-1 from 8-1).

"Given his style of racing, connections will surely make certain that the race is a true test of stamina," Ian Wassell, Ladbrokes spokesman, said. "That will further stretch unproven stayers such as One Man, Addington Boy and even Danoli."

Cheltenham Gold Cup (13 March)

Ladbrokes: 7-2 Imperial Call, 5-1 Dorans Pride, 6-1 Danoli (from 11-2), Coome Hill (from 7-1), 8-1 Dublin Flyer, 10-1 One Man, 12-1 The Grey Monk, 14-1 Addington Boy (from 12-1), Mr Mulligan, 16-1 Cyborgo, 20-1 Banjo, Unguided Missile, Nahthen Lad, 25-1 others.