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HORSE RACING: PUNTERS IN ZONE PLUNGE; Herries runner is all the rage.

Byline: GARRY OWEN (Gordon Brown)

ZONERGEM is all the rage for the pounds 120,000 Tote Cambridgeshire on Saturday as punters continue to pour cash on Lady Herries' impressive Ascot winner.

William Hill spokesman David Hood said: "Lady Herries' gelding is now 4-1 (from 6-1) clear favourite to take the Cambridgeshire."

The Tote, who sponsor the first leg of the autumn double at Newmarket on Saturday, cut Zonergem to 9-2 from 11-2.

Godolphin believe that Marienbard is capable of a big run in the Arc at Longchamp on Sunday.

He is in the form of his life, having picked up Group One prizes on his last two starts, both in Germany.

"He's improved with age and we are very hopeful of him making the frame," said Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford yesterday. Frankie Dettori will partner the horse who will be Godolphin's sole contender as last year's winner Sakhee will not run.

A decision on whether Nayef represents Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum will be made in the next couple of days.

Aidan O'Brien reports that all is well with High Chaparral and he may also saddle Galileo's brother Black Sam Bellamy. His other three acceptors Sholokhov, Quarter Moon and Sorcerous are all doubtful.

Meanwhile, this afternoon's Sommerville Tattersall Stakes usually goes to an above-average juvenile and Muqbil (2.50) can join a roll of honour that includes last year's victor Where Or When.

Royal Cavalier (1.45) only scraped home by a neck at Doncaster on St Leger day but I reckon he can improve.

Robandela turns out again after scoring at Hamilton on Monday and don't be surprised to see him go close again.

The Listed Unicoin Homes Noel Murless Stakes looks like developing into a match between Tholjanah and Lady's Secret (2.15) who was out of her depth when well adrift of the principals in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks.

Barry Hills's filly will be much better suited by this longer trip.

Capulette (3.25) pulled too hard for her own good when failing to see out the mile at Salisbury last time and she can get back into the winning grove.
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Date:Oct 2, 2002
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