Racing: Jodami facing a stern test

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Jodami and Run For Free, both leading fancies for the Gold Cup, are expected to renew their rivalry in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock on Saturday. Party Politics, the Grand National winner, Tipping Tim and Twin Oaks may add to the contest's significance as a pointer for the Festival.

Only The Fellow (7-4) and Rushing Wild (5-1) occupy more prominent places in the ante-post Gold Cup betting than Jodami

(7-1) and Run For Free (10-1). A success for Run For Free on Saturday would be of particular merit, as the handicap will force the Welsh National winner to concede 8lb to Jodami.

Party Politics's campaign this season has been limited to one outing, when he was pulled up after making the running in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. 'He is very well and I want to get a run into him next week, but only if the ground is suitable,' his trainer, Nick Gaselee, said yesterday.

Lorcan Wyer, who sustained shoulder injuries but no broken bones in a fall at Newcastle on Saturday, will be out of action until later this week but expects to be fit to partner Burgoyne at Haydock on Saturday.

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