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Bookies happy to lay Prospect; PRICE WARS.

LADBROKES and William Hill are scrapping to be toppriced about Prospect Wells in this afternoon's Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot with both firms yesterday planning to offer 5-1 about the favourite, writes Tom Kerr.

The Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old was industry best-price 4-1 last night but the race sponsors said they were prepared to push him out after seeing money for all 17 runners in the 2m race.

Spokesman David Williams said: "We're happy to offer 5-1 the field as we've seldom known a race as open as this. We have laid money for every horse in the race.

"We're 5-1 the field when we were as short as 3-1 in the week. It's the last big Saturday before Christmas, it's our day and we want to paint it red and white."

Williams added: "We also have a big offer on Big Buck's in the Long Walk - money back if your horse finishes second to him - and we're 1-3 about Big Buck's" William Hill are also due to offer 5-1 Prospect Wells and spokeswoman Kate Miller said: "There's been plenty of money for his opponents and, while on paper he looks progressive, this is a different kettle of fish." Pricewise, pages 16-17
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 17, 2011
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