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BELT AT BELCAN; Punters go to work on Hobbs horses.

Byline: By Garry Owen

PHILIP HOBBS' Belcantista has been well-punted with the sponsors ahead of Saturday's totesport Trophy at Newbury and is now a 6-1 shot from 9's.

The Minehead trainer is set to be double-handed in the race and his other runner - Presenting Copper - has also been cut into 8's from 9-1.

Current favourite Numide has also tightened up at the head of the market after bullish reports from his trainer Gary Moore. The Greatwood Hurdle winner is now 11-2 from 6's.

Hobbs insists his two entries cannot have it wet enough and totesport spokesman George Primarolo said: "With the going predominantly soft on the hurdle course at Newbury, it's not surprising that the punters have been siding with horses that need a bit of cut in the ground.

"Belcantista and Presenting Copper will enjoy the surface and are at the right end of the weights so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them shorten further as the week progresses."

Totesport have also priced up a number of specials on the race and make Gary Moore a 7-2 chanceto make it a hat-trick of wins in this race. Nicky Henderson is another trainer with an excellent record in the race and he's a 7-1 shot to train the winner, whilst it is 5-1 that the winner is trained in Ireland.

totesport Trophy: 11-2 Numide, 6 Belcantista, 8 Presenting Copper, 10 Psycho, Songe, 12 Ashkazar, Sentry Duty, 14 Medermit, Wingman, 16 Issaquah, Stellino, 20 American Trilogy, Sky Hall, Working Title, 25 bar.

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MOORE STYLE: Jamie Moore and Numide (right) come to take Aigle D'Or and McCoy
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 4, 2009
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