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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fab four are odds-on bankers says Findlay

Harry Findlay rates odds-on favourites Dunguib, Master Minded, Big Buck's and Kauto Star as banker material at next week's Cheltenham Festival.

The big-hitting punter loves smashing into short-priced market leaders and believes the quartet have outstanding chances in their respective races.

Dunguib is the 4/5 favourite with totesport to get the Irish off to a flyer in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on Tuesday, while Master Minded is 8/11 for a third win in the Queen Mother Champion Chase 24 hours later.

His Paul Nicholls-trained stablemate Big Buck's is just 4/7 for a repeat win in Thursday's Ladbrokes World Hurdle, with Kauto Star another shorter then even-money in the Gold Cup on Friday.



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Findlay, whose Denman will clash with Kauto Star, said: "I don't see any negatives for any of the hotpots.

"All the good judges say Dunguib is the fastest thing they have seen.

"Ruby (Walsh) schooled Master Minded recently and said that so long as he doesn't fall off then he will win.

"Big Buck's is a certainty, and it will take a phenomenal performance for anything to beat Kauto Star -- although I hope he gets beaten a short head by Denman!"

Findlay and fellow part-owner Paul Barber will also have their colours carried by totesport's 9/2 favourite Alfie Sherrin in Thursday's Pertemps Final.

And Findlay predicts he could go off even shorter.

"I like horses who go against the grain. He took it up early at Newbury and was all over the place but he still bolted in," he added.

"They are very happy with him and if things stay the same then you can expect me to be lumping on."



Martin still hopeful his team will make the cut

Tony Martin is keeping his fingers crossed that his Cheltenham team get the chance to strut their stuff at next week's Festival.

The Co Meath trainer has Lochan Lacha, Northern Alliance and Green Mile pencilled in for several of the big handicaps over hurdles and fences -- but fears they might not make the cut.

"In the handicaps it's touch and go whether they will get in, so our options are open at the moment," he said.

"Lochan Lacha is entered in a couple of races: the National Hunt Chase and the Kim Muir.

"Northern Alliance is in a few, including the Coral Cup, and I've got Green Mile in the Pertemps.

"We'll see nearer the day how close we are in getting into the races.

"Lochan Lacha wants cut in the ground so he won't run unless he gets soft-to-yielding, which I doubt, but if it's yielding we'd take a chance on it."



Henderson wants royal winner on Barber Shop

Nicky Henderson has high hopes of saddling a royal winner with Barbers Shop in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday.

The eight-year-old has been taking on Kauto Star and Denman in his recent races over three miles and beyond and Henderson believes the drop in trip is sure to suit.

"Of course we would love to have a winner for the queen (of England) at Cheltenham," the Seven Barrows trainer said.

"I'm sure she would enjoy it, and it would be good for racing as well. The horse is very well and he's coming back in trip after running in the King George over three miles -- 2m 5f is probably his trip.

"He's got form there (Cheltenham) -- he was second in the Paddy Power and second in the Jewson as a novice -- so we'd like to think he has a really good chance."

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