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Activial now favourite for Ascot highlight as gamble continues

| 16.12.2014

Activial, 5-1 (from 6-1), has replaced Sign Of A Victory at the head of Coral’s betting for Saturday’s Ladbroke Hurdle, after the gamble on the Harry Fry-trained 4-y-o showed no sign of easing up today. Also popular for the Ascot contest is Shelford, backed into 8-1 (from 12-1) to give trainer Dan Skelton back-to-back wins in the race after Willow’s Saviour’s victory twelve months ago.

“Punters are keen to be with Activial at all rates down to his current price, and with Shelford also popular, the market suggests this year’s Ladbroke Hurdle will go the way of a former assistant to champion trainer Paul Nicholls,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

**Ladbroke Hurdle
5 Activial, 6 (from 5) Sign Of A Victory, 8 Balgarry, Shelford, 10 Clondaw Warrior, Garde La Victoire, 12 Bayan, 14 Goodwood Mirage, 16 Hello George, Pine Creek, Pyromaniac, 20 Bar

**King George VI Chase
5-2 Silviniaco Conti, 3 Champagne Fever, 6 Al Ferof, 8 Menorah, Simonsig, 10 Cue Card, Dynaste, 20 Ballycasey, Boston Bob, Holywell, Ma Feuille, Road To Riches, Wishfull Thinking, 25 Bar

**Coral Welsh Grand National
8 Midnight Prayer, Monbeg Dude, Shotgun Paddy, 10 Hawkes Point, 12 Mountainous, 14 Benvolio, Gas Line Boy, Harry Topper, Unioniste, 16 Benbens, Edmund Kean, Emperor’s Choice, Green Flag, Vics Canvas, 20 Amigo, Firebird Flyer, Rebeccas Choice, Relax, Rigadin De Beauchene, Samingarry, Tour Des Champs, Victors Serenade, 25 Bar

**Lexus Chase
10-3 Bobs Worth, 9-2 Lord Windermere, 5 Boston Bob, 7 Shutthefrontdoor, 8 Road To Riches, Sam Winner, 10 Carlingford Lough, First Lieutenant, 12 Holywell, 14 Home Farm, On His Own, 16 Bar

Further Information Contact
David Stevens 07720 400438



David Stevens

David joined Coral as PR manager in 2001, having previously worked at the
Racing Post. Now in the role of Head of PR, he is involved in all aspects
of the company's media relations, providing the latest racing betting news , as well as Coral's sponsorship and event
portfolio. A keen sports fan, and long-suffering Portsmouth supporter (the
two are not always connected), when not working he will normally be found
heading south, or east or west, to the sun, and that liking for the sunshine
explains why he will always prefer flat racing to the jumps.