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Pricewise: Katarino looks good value off handy mark.

Byline: Tom Segal

The bookmakers are giving nothing away in the Unicoin Homes Handicap Chase at Cheltenham (2.50) this afternoon, with four horses priced up at around 4-1 or less, but it's not hard to see why because those at bigger prices are hard to make a case out for.

Choosing between the solid four is far from easy, and as they are all shortish prices, this really isn't a race to pay too much attention to for betting purposes.

Having said that, I've never been the greatest Blowing Wind fan and he's usually better in the spring. We can give him a miss this afternoon, while Halexy is too short a price, having won a Mickey Mouse race here last time. He could still win because he's an unexposed horse, but at the prices I prefer to look elsewhere.

The choice is therefore a straight head-to-head between the former top-class hurdler Katarino and Ballinclay King, who is well handicapped on old novice-chase form.

Both horses love soft ground and won't mind any more rain, both are best at this trip, and both come from stables in good heart, so choosing between the two is a real toss-up, and no doubt like yesterday I'll end up on the wrong one.

In the end the pin came down on Katarino at 9-2 with Hills and Ladbrokes, because he's undoubtedly well handicapped on his best form.

He also looked a horse right out of the top drawer when winning at Newbury last year on his reappearance.

TODAY'S ADVICE

Katarino

2.50 Cheltenham

1pt win at 9-2 with Hills and Ladbrokes
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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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