Racing: Call is out of line with Tote

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BLOWING WIND, who ran well enough to finish 11 lengths fourth to Polar Prospect off a handicap mark of 149 in the William Hill Handicap Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday, is out to 20-1 for the Champion Hurdle next March at Cheltenham. However, this effort leaves Blowing Wind a lot to find if he is to trouble Istabraq, the reigning Champion Hurdler who won by 12 lengths at Cheltenham.

See More Business, running off a mark of 172, put up a creditable performance to beat Dom Samourai, Coral's 5-1 Welsh National favourite, by a length and a quarter, with Escartefigue eight lengths back in third, in the Rehearsal Handicap Chase at Chepstow. See More Business, last season's King George VI Chase winner, is now a best-priced 8-1 with Coral, Ladbrokes and Stanley for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Imperial Call is 20-1 with the Tote for the Gold Cup despite his length and a half defeat of Dorans Pride, who stayed on well after being outpaced turning for home, in the John Durkan Memorial Chase over two and a half miles at Punchestown on Sunday.

Imperial Call is now likely to tackle the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day while Suny Bay, who goes for Saturday's Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock, is likely to then go to Leopardstown's Christmas meeting for the Ericsson Chase on 28 December, in which he will meet Florida Pearl, winner of last season's Sun Alliance (Novice) Chase and favourite for next year's Gold Cup.


Coral: 5-1 Dom Samourai, 7-1 Earth Summit, Tamarindo, 8-1 Eudipe, 10- 1 Forest Ivory, Macgeorge, Seven Towers, 11-1 Fiddling The Facts, 12-1 Coome Hill, Cyborgo, Ottowa, The Grey Monk, 14-1 Banjo, Baronet, Belmont King, Sail By The Stars, Samlee, 16-1 Call It A Day, Fine Thyne, 20-1 others.

Others on application

Each-way a quarter the odds, 1, 2, 3, 4,

Chepstow, Monday 28 December