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day 3 action

Sorry, running a bit late today...

Razzano reported feeling very tired after last week before R1 match against a girl who could barely move. Craybas will run her around.

Bolelli retired in a doubles match yesterday, has to be a query to finish the match against Tsonga.

Darcis had an unbelievable winners/errors ratio in R1 - 44/6, winning more than 50% of the pts when Dancevic came to the net. Karlovic usually doesn't last too long here, if Darcis can get a racquet on a few serves and get them back at his toes, he 's a big chance at odds.

Zvonareva was really struggling to move against Stoop in R1. Her ankle problem won't go away one day later, but her opponent isn't much good though.

Spadea is no champ, but knows how to be annoying with slices, chip-charge etc. Andreev could easily get frustrated quickly with him.

Schiavone won well against Wozniak R1 but don't underestimat the teenage screamer Larcher de Brito.

Main bet for the day is Darcis, also laid Sugiyama (already on court)

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Villiers StakesRandwick, G2, 1600m
1615 local time, 0515 GMT

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The most reliable guide to the Gr2 Villiers has always been the Festival Stakes.

I’m going to stick with that form line; here’s the horses who ran in the Festival, running today.

1 I'm Imposing (55.5) 20-1
2 [0.1] Estonian Princess (54) 7-1
3 [0.3] Strawberry Boy (57.5) 6-1
5 [1.7] Sir Moments (56) 11-2
6 [2.5] Multilateral (54) 60-1
7 [3.8] Scream Machine (56) 20-1
8 [4.3] Aomen (58.5) 30-1
11 [6.8] Monton (60) 16-1
12 [8.0] Keep Cool (54) 80-1

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