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Liverpool to make top six -- I don't think so

I SEE Kenny Dalglish has promised to bring Liverpool back to the glory days at Anfield -- just as soon as he can get the DeLorean up to 88mph! Seriously, though, it must be tough being a soccer fan -- especially if you support the Reds who are traditionally viewed as one of the great English clubs.

But tradition means little if you don't have the players or the cash and Liverpool are now odds-on to finish eighth or worse, which is truly a dire situation for one of the so-called top teams.

I don't follow any English clubs and largely view the Premier League as something to bet on -- but it does give me great entertainment each week and I feel bad for Liverpool fans who have seen their side degenerate right before their eyes.

King Kenny may be a legend around Merseyside, but when will the fans finally realise that the manager is not the problem? A couple of weeks ago, Liverpool were 9/2 to finish in the top six, but that has come in to 3/1 since Kenny took over which is definitely an over-reaction.


If you strip away the passion and history and look at the stats, Liverpool have no right to be trading at 3/1 for a top-six finish and it's time for the fans to adjust to the new reality. I just can't see a top-six finish happening and my advice would be to get on to Betfair and click pink (lay) before the price drifts back out.

On the racing front, L'accordioniste looks greatly over-priced around 3/1 in today's Grade Two Warfield Mares' Hurdle at Ascot (1.50). While she's only ever raced around the two-mile distance, her breeding suggests that she'll go further and connections are confident that this three-mile trip will be right up her street.

Unbeaten in four starts, the six-year-old ran a blinder in the Caspian Caviar Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham last month and finished strongly up the hill, which proves she likes to test her stamina. The Nicky Henderson-trained Carole's Legacy will probably go off as favourite and while the seven-year-old has claims, early quotes of 7/4 seem a little on the short side.

She's a fantastic jumper and showed that she's a tough little cookie when winning a Listed mares' hurdle at Kempton on New Year's Day, but with five pounds more to carry than her rivals, she may find herself struggling in the business end of the race.

Over at Haydock, Chapoturgeon should easily dispose of the opposition in the Betfair Graduation Chase (1.30), although is price is restrictive at 8/13. His form took a turn for the worst last season, but he provided encouragement when third on his seasonal debut at Haydock last month and is expected to come on for that run.

each-way outsider

I'm A Legend has been upped in class, but is still cracking each-way value around 7/1 in the victorchandler.com Handicap Chase (3.30 Ascot). The nine-year-old son of Midnight Legend made a mockery of his rating when clocking up a hat-trick of handicap chases this season and he certainly wasn't disgraced last time out at Wincanton when second to Paul Nicholls' Fistral Beach. If anyone can spoil the party, it may be Breedsbreeze. He only found Tartak too good in the Peterborough Chase at Newbury last month and he looks like he's well in here on his chasing handicap debut.


1.30 Haydock: Chapoturgeon

1.50 Ascot: L'accordioniste

2.25 Ascot: Master Minded

3.30 Ascot: I'm A Legend (e/w)

Irish Independent