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fancy

in the name of canary breeds, refers to a special, cultivated show type of bird, rather than the ordinary type. In dog and cat circles, it refers to the entire following of breeders, owners and admirers.
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Regarding ante-post punting, for those betting a long way in advance the ground conditions are always something of an unknown, so although those who took fancy prices about Sakhee's Secret a couple of months ago are deserving of some sympathy, the real unfortunate cases are those who studied the race, and the weather forecast, at the beginning of the week, and placed ante-post bets in the knowledge that the going couldn't be anything else but quick.
Midnight Court was beginning to catch the eye as a Gold Cup horse and those who took fancy prices at about this time were increasingly happy as the horse won his next two starts and his odds tumbled.
Potentially top class, he could well justify the enterprise of those who took fancy prices for the Champion Hurdle this week.