Thursday’s betting news at Royal Ascot, we have all teh big movers from todays racing.
2.30pm The Norfolk Stakes
Aidan O’Brien may have drawn a blank at the Royal meeting so far in 2014 but punters clearly expect him to get off the mark this afternoon as The Great War has been backed off the boards in the opener. The son of War Front is now 10/11 with Boylesports having been a top-price of 5/4 when trading began this morning.
3.05pm The Tercentenary Stakes
Cannock Chase has been the best backed horse of the day, according to Ladbrokes, who have slashed Sir Michael Stoute’s colt to 7/4 having been 5/2 this morning. “We knew Cannock Chase was going to be popular this morning but the weight of money has taken us a little by surprise and punters can’t seem to get enough of Sir Michael Stoute’s improving three-year-old,” said their spokesman David Williams.
3.45pm The Ribblesdale Stakes
Coral stuck their neck out this morning when going a standout 10/3 about Vazira in the Ribblesdale Stakes and punters have been quick to react, forcing the French filly’s odds into 11/4. Alain de Royer-Dupre’s three-year-old looks certain to improve for the step up in trip and has been backed to the exclusion of everything else with the Stratford-based firm.
4.25pm The Gold Cup
The Gold Cup betting revolves around Leading Light, according to William Hill, who believe that last year’s Queen’s Vase and St Leger winner could start at odds-on. Hills dangled a carrot in front of punters this morning by offering 6/4 and that was quickly gobbled up, forcing his price into 5/6. “It’s looking very much like Leading Light will go off the odds-on favourite in the Gold Cup and he’s been the money horse in the race, unlike last year’s winner Estimate who has now been pushed out to double figures,” said their spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “However, I’m sure the patriotic money for The Queen’s horse will arrive on course later on so we expect her to be a little shorter come the off.”
5.00pm The Britannia Handicap
Sky Bet are paying out on the first five home in the Britannia Handicap and both Bilimbi and Hunters Creek have been popular with punters seeking a bit of each-way value. The former has been backed across the board and is now 10/1 (from 12/1) with Sky Bet and Paddy Power (who are paying out on the first six home) while the latter is now 16/1 (from 20/1) with Sky Bet.
5.35pm The King George V Handicap
The final race on the third day of the Royal meeting looks fiendishly tricky and it’s no surprise to see a quartet of horses backed with Betfred for the mile and a half handicap. Elite Army is now the 5/1 favourite (from 7/1), Windshear is 15/2 (from 9/1), Alex My Boy is 9/1 (from 14/1) while Art Of Warhas also been clipped to 16/1 (from 18/1).