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Leap on 20-1 Zamba; PRICEWISE.

Byline: Richard Birch

WESTMEAD MELANIE has quickly stamped her authority on the novice hurdling scene this winter, and very much looks the likeliest winner of the Springbok, which commences at Wimbledon tonight.

However, at a general 5-2 for a three-round novice hurdle event she's hardly over-priced, and it may pay to look to a couple of more-unexposed contenders, whose odds could shorten significantly after round one.

Step forward RAZLDAZL ZAMBA, one of the best drawn runners on the entire card, who is capable of shaving at least 20 spots off a best trial time of 29.61sec for the 480-metre hurdles course.

He boasts strong Wimbledon form against the likes of Boher Paddy, Deanridge Rage and Romeo Spartan on the flat, rates a likely finalist, and has been underestimated by the layers at 20-1. The make-up of the competition massively favours Ricky Holloway's wide. In a field of 36 runners, only eight sport the 'w' tag, and three of those clash in heat four!

LEGAL REBEL, a highly talented albeit quirky individual, is just the type to be rejuvenated by a hurdles campaign, and merits an interest at 14-1. Outright betting, page 96 Springbok betting Heat 1 T1 Forest Legend 8, T2 Westmead Melanie 8-15, T3 Rancey Beauty 14, T4 Brinkleys Jedi 40, T5 Johnnys Way 7-2, T6 Highview Major 7. Heat 2 T1 Katies Tango 5-2, T2 Bingo Boy 7-2, T3 Catunda Ramos 16, T4 Airforce Kauto 4, T5 Ballymac Bojo 10, T6 Razldazl Zamba 15-8. Heat 3 T1 Romeo Surfer 16, T2 Druids Mickey Ma 11-2, T3 Air Force Ollie 16, T4 Siege Of Venice 6, T5 Taylors Trophy 6, T6 Cabra Legend 8-15. Heat 4 T1 Aero Archie 8, T2 Pretty Maldini 10, T3 Airforce Spirit 11-2, T4 Affane Master 10, T5 Crofter 5-4, T6 Mountjoy Comet 9-4. Heat 5 T1 Swift Attack 8, T2 Any Questions 5-4, T3 Druids Gaffney 8, T4 Royal Premium 5, T5 Asisola 5, T6 Farloe Bowser 4. Heat 6 T1 Mullpark Too 14, T2 Millwards Falcon 4, T3 Legal Rebel 11-8, T4 Handy Manny 6, T5 Jaytee Hawk 8, T6 Lenson Teddy 11-4. Recommendations Razldazl Zamba 1pt e-w at 20-1 general Legal Rebel 1pt e-w at 14-1 Bet365, Hills
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2012
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