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Two wagers for big races tomorrow

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I have followed the fortunes of GIN COCO closely for the past two seasons and, even though the gelding will turn eight on New Year’s Day, I am convinced his best days still lie ahead of him. He has been lightly raced during his career with three wins from just nine runs and he could yet go novice chasing next year.

Gin Coco is clearly a much better horse on good rather than soft ground. The official going of ‘soft’ was initially thought to have been the reason for poor run in the County Hurdle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. It later transpired, however, that he had fractured his pelvis during the race and so he did well to win his second race back from a break at Ascot last month.

Up just 4 lbs in the ratings to a mark of 137, he has a huge chance of landing tomorrow’s bet365 Handicap Hurdle (Doncaster 2.40 p.m.) where the ground is currently ‘good to soft, good in places’ on the hurdles course. With another drying day, the going will be quicker again by tomorrow afternoon, while talented claimer Ben Bromley takes off a useful 5lbs off his back too.

There has been a lot of money this week for Clear White Light and, after his impressive winning seasonal debut at this course earlier this month, his chances are respected. In fact, there are a lot of horses with a ‘shout’ in this 12-runner contest for a pot of more than £26,000 to the winner.

But if Gin Coco runs to form and doesn’t win tomorrow off his current mark, I shall be following the horse that beats him for the rest of the season. Back Gin Coco 2 points win at 9-2 with William Hill because he has a favourite’s chance.

In my column two weeks ago, I put up two horses, both at 10-1, for tomorrow’s Virgin Bet December Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Cheltenham, 1.50

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