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Ouh Jay a 420 ouch

OUH JAY sprang a 66-1 shock (matched at a pre-race high of 420 on Betfair) in the opener at Ludlow, and some in running layers were still opposing her at big prices down the back straight when she was travelling well within herself in front, holding a comfortable advantage. It was clear turning for home that she would have to weaken in dramatic fashion not to win and the 1.51 done on the eventual third Heart Springs was an overreaction. Pre-race jolly Marvellous Dream (pulled up) was matched at a low of 1.83, but it was clear from some way out that she wouldn't be winning and connections will probably drop her back in trip after this.

More misery for Muhtenbar

MUHTENBAR was reported to have bled from the nose after running a poor race in the 2m beginners' chase at Ludlow, having been matched at an in-running low of 1.15. Some were quick to label him ungenuine after this, but he clearly has his share of physical problems and might be best caught fresh in future - and when I say fresh, I mean on his seasonal reappearance. Glory Be won the race but had to survive a bad blunder at the second-last (traded at a high of 50 just after), before getting going again to deny Nebraska City, who was done at a low of 1.04.

All credit to Paddy Power

PADDY POWER are refunding all losing bets on the odds-on Slash And Burn in the Powers town Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel yesterday. Punters backed Charlie Swan's gelding from a morning price of 6-4 down to 4-6 before getting no run for their money when rider David Casey was unseated at the start. All credit to the Irish firm, who will refund over EUR50,000 in losing single bets and will treat Slash And Burn as a non-runner in multiple bets.

Paddy Power said: "It's not about rules, it's about what's fair for the punter. When you have a bet the least you can expect is to get a run for your money. Some bookies use 'precedent' as an excuse - I wonder do backers of Slash And Burn give a hoot about precedents?"
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2007
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