Racing: Charm lures punters

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The Independent Online
A HEFTY gamble developed yesterday on an unraced filly by the name of Crystal Charm from the Manton yard of Peter Chapple-Hyam. Apparently set to make her racecourse debut in the Lowther Stakes at York next week, her price for next year's 1000 Guineas has been cut to 16-1 with William Hill and Coral and to 20-1 with the Tote.

William Hill cut her from 40-1 through 33s and 20s, while Coral reported that they were "inundated with bets" at 25-1.

The filly had apparently been the subject of a strong message from one of Britain's foremost tipping services.

"Bar Killer Instinct, this is the biggest gamble on a two-year-old so far this year," Simon Clare, of Coral, reported. "The influence of tipping services is growing by the day, and after Gaelic Storm and Decorated Hero, this is another example of the huge impact they are having on ante-post markets."