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Gladiator David Gilbert can battle hard in Watford Colosseum

Quick format unlikely to hinder Jimmy Robertson

David Gilbert is returning to form and enjoyed a solid first-round win over Ben Woollaston
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The Coral Shoot Out returns to the Watford Colosseum and at 50-1 it could pay to back David Gilbert to rule over his rivals. 

Gilbert has plenty of history in the novelty one-frame showdown but not all of the Tamworth potter's memories will be happy.

The Angry Farmer had every right feel to aggrieved in this event last year. Gilbert looked sure to be heading into the last four when his opponent Xiao Guodong struck the cue ball after the shot-clock hit zero, but the referee failed to hear the buzzer in the Watford cauldron and the Chinese cueman won the match.

That aside, Gilbert has shown he can handle the influence of the crowd and being a quick-thinking, top-quality break-builder he can give punters a run for their money, although the nature of the event means that all stakes are best kept small.

With many big names missing and with the competition being a ranking event, it's a decent opportunity for the lower-ranked players to climb the ladder and at big prices it could pay to have several small interests.

Jimmy Robertson has yet to fully deliver on his talent but this quick format is unlikely to hinder the Bexhill potter.

J-Rob had a decent run to the quarter-finals of the German Masters last week, losing to champion Mark Williams, and he could go well again.

A last-eight placing at the Welsh Open last year showed what Stuart Carrington can do and the Grimsby cueman could outperform quotes of 100-1.

Finally, Rod Lawler has a decent-looking first-round tie against Charlie Walters and the Liverpudlian could find some rhythm if he gets rolling.

Lawler made the quarter-finals of this event two years ago and the last 16 in 2015 and he looks worth an interest at 225-1.

D Gilbert
0.5pt 50-1 general
J Robertson
0.5pt 80-1 Coral, Ladbrokes
S Carrington
0.5pt 100-1 general
R Lawler
0.5pt 225-1 Betfair, Paddy Power

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