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Inca not a festival threat; BETTING REPORT TRADING POST.

Byline: Matt Williams reckons the soft ground may be against Al Amaan

BRAVE INCA turned back the clock, showing all his old courage and class to see off Muirhead in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown yesterday.

Bookmakers reacted by shortening Colm Murphy's 11-year-old for the Champion Hurdle, but with Binocular and some of the other market leaders bringing fresher and stronger form to the table, Brave Inca's days as a serious Cheltenham prospect are over.

Sublimity is no spring chicken himself, and his frailties were exposed on ground that was much too soft for him. Of course, he can bounce back on good ground, but he is another who has had his day in the Champion Hurdle and the current high of 16-1 is not even tempting enough for me to suggest he's worth a small each-way punt.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 26, 2009
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