Sheena West: trainer has two runners each at Wincanton and LingfieldPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Bookies 'running scared' of Sheena West runners
THERE were signs of a potential betting coup on Thursday morning after bookmakers cut the prices of four horses trained by Sheena West and owned by Daniel Steele.
West has two runners each at the jumps meeting at Wincanton and the all-weather fixture at Lingfield and all of them have shortened significantly overnight.
Fintan and Landscape will be making their first starts for West and Well Painted has rewarded market support before for the yard when winning at Windsor in June after being backed into 9-4 (from 12).
All four are owned by Steele, a permit-holder who has had three runners over jumps this season, and were available at bigger prices when the markets opened on Wednesday.
Bookies 'running scared'
Steele admitted to putting the quartet in various combination bets. "They [bookmakers] are definitely all running scared," he told At The Races.
"They were all huge double-figure prices last night and I think everyone has followed on, but I can assure you there is no big money laid down.
"They all have each-way chances, but they are all competitive races, so I'd be delighted if I come back with one winner, never mind four.
"They are all on good marks and are as fit as they can be. We've got them in doubles, trebles, Lucky 15s and I'm sure it would be a fairly big liability for the bookmakers, seeing as they are all running for cover."
After laying the quartet at bigger odds, Betfair face an anxious wait to see how the gamble unfolds.
Spokesman Barry Orr said: "At Wincanton we have laid Fintan at 14-1, he’s now 2-1 and Landscape at 20-1, now 5-2. At Lingfield, Tee It Up Tommo in the 3.20 will be looking to join the club at 14-1, now 5-2, while the gallery will be watching Well Painted, in nervous anticipation, should any combination of the previous three win. He was available at 20-1 and is now just 2-1."