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DOUBLE HANDFUL; John Shaw's racing betting column in association with PADDYPOER.

Byline: John Shaw

OHN GOSDEN could do more damage to the bookmaking industry in one day than I've done it good in my career as a tipster.

JI'm so broke at the moment that if someone rings my doorbell I have to yell: "Ding-dong!" out of the window.

They'll be an army of punters backing what I'm labelling the 'Gosden Good Things', in a Champions Day fourfold.

GAMBLING WISDOM And if the acca lands, an avalanche of money will be leaving the bookies' satchels and possibly even their Swiss bank accounts.

"He's the best I've ever seen.

surprised if there's anything better."

The late, great Sir on Frankel Stradivarius is the odds-on favourite to land the Long Distance Cup, Lah Ti Dar is the jolly in the Fillies & Mares Stakes, while Roaring Lion bids for his fourth Group 1 in a row in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Completing the possible quartet of winners will be Cracksman, defending his Champion Stakes crown.

There's so many great races and good quality horses running at Ascot it's difficult to pinpoint the best banker in terms of a payout.

After much deliberation, and some dribbling, I've decided the bet of the day has to be LAH TI DAR in the Fillies & Mares.

This sister of Too Darn Hot won her first three starts before acquitting herself well in the Leger, chasing home an experienced colt in Kew Gardens.

The daughter of Dubawi is owned by the Lloyd-Webbers, who sold a yearling for a whopping PS3.6million last week yet still they refuse to reply to any of my begging letters.

ever had, the I'd be very ever been Henry Cecil LAH TI DAR hasn't got the best draw in stall 10 but I think she'll be far too good for the opposition.

She likes some cut underfoot, is still improving and will have the experience of Frankie Dettori on board, who is bidding to win the race for a fifth time.

Six of the last 10 winners have been three-year-olds, and all of the last 10 winners had raced three times or more, so the omens look very good for Lah Ti Dar.

a experienced Gardens.

GAMBLING WISDOM "He's the best I've ever had, the best I've ever seen. I'd be very surprised if there's ever been anything better."

The late, great Sir Henry Cecil on Frankel best think FAMOUS FIVE JOHN GOSDEN has trained over 3,000 winners but are these five beasts the best of the bunch? 1 KINGMAN Winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes 2 STRADIVARIUS Gutsy stayer who landed the Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and PS1million bonus 3 GOLDEN HORN won seven of his nine races, including the Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 2015 4 ENABLE She's won the Arc twice, King George, and is a quadruple Oaks winner 5 TOO DARN HOT Superb display in the Dewhurst puts him favourite for the 2,000 Guineas AT the risk of looking silly (a chance I'm rarely afraid to take) I think the most vulnerable of Gosden's good things could be Cracksman in the Champion Stakes.

A repeat of last year's effort would seem him take this with a bit to spare.

Naturally he will relish the recent rain but that doesn't hide the fact he hasn't run in four months.

Crackman's most recent race saw him well beaten by Poet's Word in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and before that he looked unimpressive when scrambling home by a head in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.

My preference would be to back Sir Michael Stoute's Crystal Ocean, who has had this race lined up since finishing second to the mighty Enable at Kempton.

If Cracksman is under par then Crystal Ocean looks the most likely rival to take advantage.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Oct 20, 2018
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