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Strawberry to be real deal in Fantasia duel; SPREAD BETTING.

Strawberrydaiquiri 3.00 Newmarket Buy at 0.5 in match with Fantasia Luca Cumani eased off Fantasia after a couple of disappointing runs in France earlier in the season, but he brought her back in top form to win over 7f at Doncaster last month, skipping away from the consistent Shamwari Lodge to get her campaign back on track.

Cumani said after that run she would improve for the race and the step up to 1m in the Sun Chariot, but I'm not convinced. If she is best caught fresh - and I suspect she is - her backers might be in for a nasty surprise.

It's been a stop-start season for Fantasia and you would be hardpressed to say we are going to see her at her best today, whereas Strawberrydaiquiri is getting better all the time and I wouldn't put it past her proving herself the main danger to Ghanaati in this race.

Granted, Fantasia (below) boasts proper Group-class form and Sir Michael Stoute's filly has yet to prove herself in anything better than Listed grade. Still, the jump is rarely that big in these fillies' races and the way she has destroyed her rivals in Listed contests suggests she is worth her place in this Group 1 - and there are no ground or trip worries.

Matt Williams
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Date:Oct 3, 2009
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