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Villa manager is top of the tipsters.

DAVID O'LEARY'S Aston Villa side gained a well-earned point at Birmingham City yesterday, and the manager was also in terrific form in the tipping challenge after springing from last to first.

The Villa boss is now the runaway leader of the Racing To Help Children Tipster Competition in aid of the NSPCC, which pits 12 football personalities against each other.

The personalities have teamed up with a squad of bookmakers to place bets over three Saturdays in a bid to raise pounds 100,000 for the NSPCC.

Starting with a pounds 7,000 bank, O'Leary, sponsored by Paddy Power, has now got pounds 28,750 in the kitty having had pounds 2,000 to win on 12-1 Cesarewitch winner Landing Light.

Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson and Jim Smith lie second with pounds 12,100. Both had pounds 500 each-way on Champion Stakes winner Rakti.

Whatever the results, the NSPCC will still come out a winner as the Tote are underwriting the amount the managers bet.

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Standings

1 David O'Leary pounds 28,750, 2= Jim Smith pounds 12,100, 2=Sir Bobby Robson pounds 12,100, 4 Steve Bruce pounds 12,050, 5 Gordon Strachan pounds 10,600, 6 Barry Fry pounds 9,000, 7 Harry Redknapp pounds 6,375, 8 David Pleat pounds 6,000, 9 Sir Alex Ferguson pounds 4,300, 10 Peter Reid pounds 3,000, 11 Andy Gray pounds 2,000, 12 Sam Allardyce pounds 2,000
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2003
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