Man holds off Master in market

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As he was completing the near 300-mile return trip home to Cumbria from Kempton, One Man was already being installed as favourite for the rescheduled King George VI Chase at Sandown on 6 January.

The grey, 2-1 favourite for the big race with William Hill before yesterday's abandonment, is now quoted at 13-8 by the same firm for the re-arranged race despite the likely addition of Master Oats to the field. He is 5- 2 with Coral.

All bets on the contest became void and stakes refunded yesterday when a second attempt to stage the race a day late at Kempton was predictably abandoned because of frost.

As a result, the bookmakers formed a new market on the race which is open to all original entrants, including Master Oats and Young Hustler, who would not have run at Kempton.

One Man, to be ridden by Richard Dunwoody at Sandown, will head a field likely to contain all the principal contenders. Only Book Of Music and Egypt Mill Prince are considered to be doubtful.

William Hill's spokesman, David Hood, said: "The King George at Sandown now puts more emphasis on jumping. Master Oats and Young Hustler are significant additions to the race while the extra 10 days allows Brief Gale to recover from her knock."

n Pat Flynn is attempting to get Montelado back to Ireland for tomorrow's Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown after his abortive trip to Kempton. Last night the gelding was still stranded in Britain.

King George VI Chase (Sandown, 6 January) Coral: 5-2 One Man, 4-1 Barton Bank, Master Oats, 5-1 Merry Gale, 10-1 Val D'Alene, 12-1 Dublin Flyer, Young Hustler, 14-1 Algan, 20-1 Book Of Music, Brief Gale, Coulton, 25- 1 others.

William Hill: 13-8 One Man, 4-1 Barton Bank, Merry Gale, 6-1 Master Oats, 10-1 Algan, Val D'Alene, 12-1 Dublin Flyer, 16-1 Brief Gale, Young Hustler, 20-1 Coulton, Monsieur Le Cure, 66-1 others.