William Hill, who started yesterday quoting One Man at 11-4, trimmed his price to 5-2. One factor behind the moves was confirmation that the Irish-trained Sound Man will miss the three-mile Kempton event. The bay will bypass the race to follow a more traditional build-up to the two- mile Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
n Couldnt Be Better and Rough Quest, first and second in the Hennessy Gold Cup, are set to clash in the Betterware Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday.
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