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Directors 3-1 to cut down Festival rivals.

Byline: Peter Meldrum

DIRECTORS CHAIR has been installed 3-1 favourite by Ladbrokes for the Christmas Festival Stayers, one of four competitions that get under way at the track on Monday, writes Peter Meldrum.

Winner of the Midland St Leger at Hall Green, Mark Wallis's charge runs from trap four in the first of the 630-metre qualifiers, a race that also includes Gold Collar winner Vatican Jinky and the progressive Barnfield Slippy.

Blonde Jet and Roxholme Ryan, both eliminated at the first round stage of Nottingham's National Sprint, head the market for the Festival Sprint at 7-4 and 7-2 respectively.

There are also two competitions over the standard 480-metre trip, one for dogs the other bitches. Mattos and Meenala Cruiser head the market for the dogs event at 4-1, while Meenala Babe, who posted a fastest-of-the-first round 28.85sec before being eliminated from the Oaks, tops the bitches' market at 9-4.

See Monday's Racing Post for full Price wise coverage on the four competitions and all 12 of the qualifying heats that will be screened to betting shops courtesy of SIS.

Ladbrokes Christmas Festival Festival Dogs: 4 Mattos, Meenala Cruiser, 5 Highfield Hondo, 6 Lenson Earl, 10 Brooklyn Bridge, Magna Action, 12 Fear Robben, Minnies Premier, 16 Rough Gerard, 20 Boherna Hondo, Margan Vieri, 25 Bubbly Legend, Droopys Dricco, Richards Choice, 33 Aoifes Girl, Blonde Banker, 50 Aghaburren Black, 66 Polish Croucky.

Festival Bitches: 9-4 Meenala Babe, 5-2 Deanridge Di, 8 Pennys Minx, 10 Witton Dream, 12 Shear Oasis, 14 Dangerous Lady, 16 Barra Biscuit, Miss La Barca, 20 Farloe Passion, Meenala Amy, 25 Ballymac Champ, Stride On Babe, Zigzag Princess, 33 Dalcash Flicker, Icemaid Sheenie, Noirs Karen, 50 Farloe Maiden, 66 Lifebythesuir.

Festival Stayers: 3 Directors Chair, 5 Glittering Aries, 6 Vatican Jinky, 7 Ninja Blue, 10 Shelbourne Laura, 12 Blonde Buzz, Droopys John, Two Nicks, 14 Barnfield Slippy, 16 Monsoon Jack, 20 Frisby Foxwatch, 20 Magna Angel, Swift Ninja, 33 Blonde Zak, Proud Ronaldinho, Rough Quest, 50 Head Iton Paddy, 66 Swift Dougal.

Festival Sprint: 7-4 Blonde Jet 7-2 Roxholme Ryan 5 Swift Sapphire 8 Crosskeys Razor 14 Baltylum Agassi, Shyan Bertie, Swift Soviet 20 Blonde Rock, Commanche Black 25 Droopys Lorcan, Killotteran King 33 Clonkelly Jumbo, Fancy Flame, Moyar Breeze 50 Adamant Mojo, Glory George, Griffiths Lad, Rathcahill Cruz.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2007
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