Queen Anne Stakes – Toronado strengthens in market
There has been a flurry of money this morning for warm favourite Toronado in the Queen Anne Stakes (2.30). The four-year-old is now 10/11 favourite from evens with Paddy Power and Betfred. The Richard Hannon-trained colt is 4/5 favourite from evens with both William Hill and Coral. Toronado has not been seen for 300 days after finishing a disappointing sixth in the Juddmonte International at York.
However, Richard Hannon’s colt ran well through most of 2013 which includes his close second at the Royal meeting to Dawn Approach in the St James’s Palace Stakes before gaining revenge on that rival in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
Coral’s David Stevens commented: “We haven’t seen him since York that day where he flopped but the flip side of that is he could be absolutely fine tuned. On his Sussex Stakes win at Goodwood over Dawn Approach last year, he sets the standard. There is enough of a question mark for us to take him on this morning.”
Coventry Stakes – Money comes for Jungle
The Mark Johnston-trained Jungle Cat has been a mover in the Coventry Stakes (3:05). The two-year-old was last seen winning a six-furlong Goodwood maiden by six lengths and has been backed into 16/1 from 25/1 with Betfred and William Hill.
Betfred have also reported support for the Clive Cox-trained Kodi Bear into 14/1 from 20/1 and Godolphin’s Portamento 14/1 from 16/1. Rory Jiwani of Stan James has said that the company laid a bet of “£5,000 each-way at 18/1 about Jungle Cat in the Coventry Stakes.”
Adaay, one of the market principals of the race, has been backed into 11/2 from 6/1 with Paddy Power. The son of Kodiac attempts to extend his unbeaten record to three under Paul Hanagan today, having won at Newbury and Yarmouth already.
The Ger Lyons-trained Cappella Sansevero recently purchased by Qatar Racing for £1.3 million, has also attracted significant support in the Coventry Stakes. Sky Bet have seen the horse backed into 15/2 from 10/1 as he seeks to gain his fourth career success in as many races.
King’s Stand Stakes – Hot Streak may be too hot to handle
The Kevin Ryan-trained Hot Streak has been another to attract support this morning with Paddy Power reporting a move to 4/1 from 9/2. Betfred have seen no changes in the race but Hot Streak is their solid favourite at 7/2. Hot Streak was last seen demonstrating his impressive turn of foot with a facile victory in the Group Two Temple Stakes at Haydock last month.
William Hill have seen some movement at a bigger price for Clive Cox’s Es Que Love who is now 25/1 from 28s. Sky Bet have similarly seen support for the horse with the firm shortening his price to 20/1 from 33/1. The five-year-old wears cheekpieces for the first time today.
The Coral price bomb today is the Mike De-Kock trained Shea Shea. Coral Representative David Stevens said: “The horse was second in the race last year, he is around 5/1 today. We are taking on the South African raider.”
Stevens added: “Several have been backed this morning and there has been money for last year’s winner Sole Power whilst Hot Streak has been well backed. We think it’s a wide open, terrific race and Hot Streak and Sole Power will take all the beating.”
Rory Jiwani of Stan James commented that the firm have just: “laid a bet of £10,000 each-way at 5/1 about Sole Power for the King’s Stand”.
St James’s Palace Stakes – Kingman very strong in attempt to reverse Guineas Form
QIPCO 2000 Guineas second and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Kingman has been well supported to reverse the form with his QIPCO 2000 Guineas conqueror Night of Thunder. The three-year-old won impressively at the Curragh last time and has moved to 10/11 from evens with Paddy Power and William Hill. Coral have seen popular support for the horse who has contracted to 10/11 from 5/4.
Rory Jiwani of Stan James has said that the company have: “Just laid a £26,000 double on Kingman at even money and Treve at 4/6 for tomorrow’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. As a result we’ve trimmed Kingman to 10/11 and he’s not the only big liability on a busy opening day in the office.”
The Group One event sees seven horses go to post, five of whom ran in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.
Ascot Stakes – Ballinderry Boy backed to continue great run of Oisin Murphy
Andrew Balding’s Ballinderry Boy has been backed into 7/1 from 8/1 with William Hill in the Ascot Stakes (5:00). The four-year-old returned from a lengthy break at Windsor to finish a creditable fourth over a mile and a half and now steps up in trip to two miles four furlongs today.
Other horses that have been supported include the top-weight Sir Graham Wade. The five-year-old has been nibbled into 16/1 from 20/1 with Betfred with the horse having his first start on turf this season.
David Simcock’s Ray Ward has been a mover into 12/1 from 14/1 with Paddy Power and returns to the Royal meeting after finishing fifth in the Queen’s Vase last year.
The Ian Williams-trained Body Language has been moved to 22/1 from 28/1 with Sky Bet for the Ascot Stakes, having shaped encouragingly when fourth at Hamilton in May.
Stan James representative Rory Jewani said that the firm have also: “Laid a £10,000 bet each-way at 12/1 on Suraj (Michael Bell) for the Ascot Stakes”
Windsor Castle Stakes – Hootenanny all the rage in the last
American raider Hootenanny has seen support in the Windsor Castles Stakes (5:35). His trainer Wesley Ward won the race in 2009 and the son of Quality Red has been backed into 11/2 from 13/2 with Betfred and to 11/2 from 7/1 with William Hill. The colt gives Victor Espinoza his first ride at Royal Ascot.
Richard Hannon’s Fuwairt, the mount of Frankie Dettori has been supported into 12/1 from 16/1. The two-year-old finished third on his debut at Leicester in a five-furlong maiden before scoring by an eased-down neck at Chepstow on soft ground when stepped up to six furlongs.