There was an immediate flurry of each way betting on the basis that there are enough horses left in for each way bets to pay out on the first three home. That left the winning distance market much quieter than it had been earlier in the week.
But which was the horse to be on each way? David Williams, of Ladbrokes, set out where the money was going with his firm. He said, “We’re thrilled to bits that Camelot will face eight rivals. It has triggered an each way frenzy with all but one of his rivals coming in for genuine support.” That one is presumably the complete outsider Dartford, and other than that, we’re none the wiser.
Johnny Murtagh gave a vote of confidence in his mount, Ursa Major, when he confirmed he would not dash off immediately after the race to try and reach the Curragh for the Irish equivalent race and an unlikely 150-minute St Leger double.
Riding arrangements for John Gosden’s, with William Buick choosing Thought Worthy, and his mount, along with Ursa Major were the only two significant movers in the market. Buick’s decision left Frankie Dettori to ride Michelangelo. Is this the opportunity for a renaissance for the little Italian and a sixth victory in the race? Not according to the bookies, who have let his price drift out to a pretty universal 12/1.
Ladbrokes wanted to present their market as one showing generosity to punters. Williams said, “We’re dangling a carrot for Camelot fans by going 2/5 (eased from 1/3), which is the biggest price he’s been since midsummer.” Well, we won’t be fooled by that one!