Maamur the rumour as odds tumble again

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Maamur is proving mysteriously popular in betting on the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Tim Forster-trained chaser, cut in price by both Ladbrokes and William Hill on Wednesday, had his odds chopped yesterday from 33- 1 to 25-1 by the race sponsor, the Tote.

Maamur has not run since his win in the Ritz Club Chase at last year's Cheltenham Festival and holds no imminent engagements. His stable has denied knowledge of a gamble on the nine-year-old and reportedly will not return him to action until the going softens.

Ground conditions are also proving a problem for Mary Reveley as she attempts to saddle three challengers for the Ladbroke Hurdle at Leopardstown tomorrow week. Express Gift, Penny A Day and Executive Design are all in line for the contest, but with snow and frost threatening her gallops at Saltburn on Teesside she may be forced to box them up and take them to the beach.

Penny A Day, the 10-1 second favourite with the sponsor, will be the mount of Peter Niven, the stable jockey, while the places aboard Express Gift and Executive Design will be filled by Nick Smith and Gary Cahill respectively.

The Ladbroke (11 January); Ladbrokes: 5-1 Khayrawani; 10-1 Penny A Day, Family Way; King Of Kerry; 12-1 Notcomplainingbut, Guest Performance; 14-1 others.