Racing: Racing's Futures market
Tuesday 30 December 1997
Istabraq is 9-2 with Coral and William Hill for the Champion Hurdle after his win at Leopardstown yesterday, while Shadow Leader is 6-1 generally after finishing second to Kerawi in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.
Rainwatch is 14-1 with the Tote for the Triumph Hurdle after his success in the Finale Junior Hurdle at Chepstow, while Upgrade is 33-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes after his easy win at Kempton.
Commanche Court is 6-1 favourite with Coral for The Ladbroke after escaping a penalty for his length win over Hard News at Leopardstown on Sunday and 10-1 with the Tote for Newbury's Tote Gold Trophy Handicap Hurdle.
However, the one that really catches the eye in their list is Christmas Hurdle winner Kerawi (7-1), who beat Shadow Leader by threequarters of a length at level weights at Kempton and, despite a 4lb penalty, is 12lb better off at Newbury.
The Tote bet on the Tote Gold Trophy Handicap Hurdle: 7-1 Kerawi, 10- 1 Commanche Court, 12-1 Alabang, Bellator, Marello, Shadow Leader, Shooting Light, Tibetan, 14-1 Cadougold, Grimes, Mr Percy, Sharpical, Toast The Spreece, 16-1 Barna Boy, Carlito Brigante, Graphic Design, Indefence, Juyush, Major Jamie, Nahrawali, Princeful, Top Cees, 20-1 Finnegan's Hollow, Native-Darrig. (Newbury, 14 February).
William Hill bet on the Queen Mother Champion Chase: 11-4 Ask Tom, 3- 1 Viking Flagship, 9-2 Klairon Davis, 5-1 One Man, 7-1 Mulligan, 10-1 Or Royal, 14-1 Squire Silk, 20-1 call Equiname, 33-1 Arctic Kinsman, Celibate, Lord Dorcet. (Cheltenham, 18 March).
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