One Man dominates betting


FOLLOWING his Sandown victory on Saturday, One Man dominates the betting for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

After his demolition of the King George field, Ladbrokes have made the grey 5 to 4 favourite from 5 to 1 to lift steeplechasing's Blue Riband.

Ladbrokes' spokesman Ian Wassell said: "One Man was so impressive that it's very difficult to see anything getting close to him in this season's top chases."

Monsieur Le Cure and Master Oats, second and third in yesterday's feature, are priced at 10 to 1 and 8 to 1 respectively.

Ladbrokes bet: 5/4 One man, 8/1 Master Oats, 10/1 Monsieur Le Cure, 14/1 Banjo, Brief Gale, Dublin Flyer, Flashing Steel and Jodami, 20/1 Barton Bank and Couldnt Be Better, 25/1 Rough Quest, 40/1 Val d'Alene and Young Hustler, 50/1 Algan.

Coral: 7/4 One Man, 7/1 Master Oats, 12/1 Jodami, 14/1 Merry Gale, 16/1 Monsieur Le Cure, Dublin Flyer, Banjo and Flashing Steel, 20/1 bar.

Meanwhile trainer Gordon Richards reported his brilliant winner "absolutely fine" yesterday.

The eight-year-old grey, twice denied an attempt at the three-mile championship chase at Kempton over Christmas, made it third time lucky after the race had been rerouted to Sandown, with an easy 14-length victory over Monsieur Le Cure.

Richards said yesterday: "We may go to Cheltenham at the end of the month as we would like him to have a run round Cheltenham before the Gold Cup, but it may come too soon for him.

"In the event of him not running at Cheltenham he will run once or possibly twice during February, depending on how hard a race he has the first time. I don't know exactly where he will go yet, I will have to scan the programme book."

Graham Dench, acting agent for successful jockey Richard Dunwoody, said: "I spoke to Richard this morning and he was obviously impressed by the manner of One Man's victory."

Tony Dobbin, Richards' stable jockey, dramatically jocked-off One Man by the owners in favour of Dunwoody, was also delighted with One Man's spectacular success.

He said: "It was difficult watching the race on television but I was very pleased with his performance, it is absolutely great to have a horse like that in the yard.

"He has put his jumping problems out of his head, he seemed to get in low at one but was very clever at it otherwise it looked like a perfect round."

Dobbin rode One Man to victory at Ayr earlier in the season but lost the mount on the grey in his next race due to injury.

Since One Man's fall in the Racing Post Trophy at Kempton last season Dobbin has schooled One Man regularly