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HORSE RACING: Statto's a real shrewdie.

THAT Giants Causeway is some horse.

I invested far more than my bank manager could afford and the veins on my neck were sticking out like the M6 on a road map as hot horse Harry and I roared it home.

Giants Causeway's hold on the public's affections grows stronger race-by-race and he keeps digging deeper and deeper.

It was a real rollercoaster ride at York and my 20-1 each-way "steal" Bienalle in the Ebor was beaten a short head for fourth place - typical.

A shrewder judge appears to be Angus Loughran, better known as that gormless twat Statto in the Fantasy Football TV programme.

Now re-invented as the Beeb's John McCrirrick, Angus has linked up with Internet web-site, easyodds.com and here's what the clever dick had to say on Ebor day.

"Prince Alex has the perfect inside draw and will take all the beating (gambled off the boards from 13-2 to half those odds)." It hacked up.

Next he played up Petrushka's prospects in the Yorkshire Oaks.

"In my opinion she rates an odds-on chance, yet there is currently plenty of 6-4 available."

It also bolted in.

And just to round off a memorable day Angus' piece de resistance came in the Ebor.

"Give the Slip has been my selection for this race since winning at Royal Ascot. I believe the 12-1 available this morning will shorten considerably at the track."

How true, as Pat Eddery made all on the 7-1 winner.

He's also got Tiger Woods at 40-1 with Ladbroke to score 62 or under in one of next year's majors.

I hope Angus has got something dug out for the Ayr Gold Cup. I've had a whisper for a live outsider myself - last year's fourth Azizzi.

Talking of tips, this column always likes to give you an Irish dark horse for the winter, like Joe Mac and Youllneverwalkalone.

I've got another cracker from the same Christy Roche stable. He's called Saor Theas and he hacked up at Tralee last week for our old pal JP McManus.

My Irish mole tells me he's Sun Alliance Novice Hurdle material for the Cheltenham Festival.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 27, 2000
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