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Oscar Whisky - Sandown 19.02.10

Oscar Whisky (left): trainer is looking forward to stepping him up in trip

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (  

Punters hoping Whisky brings new year joy

OSCAR WHISKY has been backed to make a winning start to the new year in the 2m4½f Cheltenham & Three Counties Club Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Trained by Nicky Henderson for Dai Walters, Oscar Whisky was fourth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle over two miles on his last start and Henderson said in his Racing Post column he was looking forward to stepping the six-year-old up in trip.

Oscar Whisky is into 5-2 (from 7-2) with Stan James, 5-2 (from 100-30) with Bet365, 11-4 (from 7-2) with Sky Bet, 11-4 (from 100-30) with Blue Square and 14-5 (from 100-30) with Sportingbet.

There has also been a move for the Paul Nicholls-trained King's Legacy in Cheltenham's 3m handicap hurdle at 3.10.

Paul Nicholls: high hopes for runner

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker 

The trainer stated in his Betfair blog that he felt the Graham Roach-owned seven-year-old had a big chance off an "ideal racing weight".

Punters seemingly agree and King's Legacy has been cut to 100-30 (from 9-2) by Victor Chandler, to 7-2 (from 5) by Paddy Power, to 7-2 (from 9-2) by Totesport and to 100-30 (from 4) by Stan James.

Away from Cheltenham, Sire De Grugy has hardened as favourite for the 2m maiden hurdle that opens the card at Fakenham.

The Gary Moore-trained runner is into 2-5 (from 4-7) with Victor Chandler, 1-3 (from 4-9) with Stan James, 4-9 (from 4-7)with Bet365 and 2-5 (from 1-2) with William Hill.

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