Racing: Tamarindo assisted by his tender years

The former top jump jockey Steve Smith Eccles analyses today's Betterware Cup
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Unguided Missile: A good third to Tamarindo at Cheltenham last week when his jockey, Tony Dobbin, reported that he had "blown up" on the turn for home. Improvement can be expected.

Tamarindo: Given a brilliant ride to win at Cheltenham by Tony McCoy, who has to be the best jockey I have ever seen. This improving five-year- old will take all the beating here.

Callisoe Bay: A giant horse who has never really fulfilled his potential. Always threatens, but rarely delivers.

Philip's Woody: Won in fine style at Doncaster last week and will have an each-way chance if the ground comes up soft.

King Lucifer: Should improve for his Wetherby run and is quite useful on his day. An each-way contender.

Dr Bones: Could run well if he repeats his Wetherby run but there must be some doubt about his ability to stay this three-mile trip that he attempts for the first time.

Torduff Express: Lightly weighted and in good form. He may make the frame at best, but looks outclassed.

Conclusion: Yet another big chase at the mercy of Messrs Pipe and McCoy, whose TAMARINDO is an exciting prospect. Still open to improvement at the tender age of five, he looks too good for the more seasoned campaigners Philip's Woody and Unguided Missile, who are more likely than the rest to make a race of it. Those of you looking for each-way value may prefer to take a chance on King Lucifer, who should improve for his seasonal bow.

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