Each way the call as nine run in St Leger

Camelot eased - but no chance of any value

The final declarations for the final classic of the season, the St Leger, confirmed a field of nine would go to post tomorrow. Bookmakers were left in two minds as to whether this was a good thing for them or not.

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!

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  1. Ian says:

    I cant help but think that Camelot is way too short and massively over-hyped.

    This must be one of the WORST 3 year old generations in history and begs the question what has Camelot beaten?

    The horses he beat in the Derby have gone on to achieve NOTHING of note and the 2000 Guineas form has hardly shown itself to be anything other than mediocre.

    The “Triple Crown” in such a year is frankly hype and I doubt that ANY of the participants in tomorrows race would be winning or be outstanding in older age races if they go on a 4-5 year olds.

    Camelot is exceptional in that he is the best of a poor bunch but those who try to compare him to Nijinsky or even Frankel are in my humble opinion between 14-25 pounds wrong on the form book.

    With John Gosden employing the O’Brien tactic of using a pacemaker I think Michaelanglo and Thought Worthy are good each way value at about 11-12/1 and I also think Joseph O’Brien is a liability when he is in races with genuine top notch jockeys….

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