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Camelot, The Curragh 30.06.2012

Camelot: Paddy Power quote 10-11 that colt starts favourite for the Arc

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Bookies expect Camelot to start favourite for Arc

CAMELOT will start favourite for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, in the opinion of Paddy Power's oddsmakers.

In the wake of the revelation on Wednesday morning that Frankie Dettori will partner the three-time Classic winner, Paddy Power quote 10-11 that Camelot would usurp Orfevre come race time on Sunday.

Orfevre is 5-4 to start market leader, with any other horse an 8-1 chance.

William Hill, Blue Square and Paddy Power already cannot split the big two in the betting, at either 11-4 or 3-1, while Ladbrokes also suggest that Camelot's price is likely to come under pressure given the popularity of Dettori.

Hayley O'Connor, whose firm quote 3-1 (from 4-1), said: "Camelot's supporters were keeping their powder dry until today but with the news that Camelot gets the go-ahead for Longchamp, it appears the gamble has begun. "

Coral also go 3-1 and spokesman David Stevens said: "The money we saw for Camelot earlier this week suggested the Derby winner was on target for Longchamp, but the news that Frankie Dettori would be on board was less easy to predict.  His presence could well see his mount backed into clear favouritism on Sunday."

He added: "It's been a chaotic few days in the Arc ante-post market, with leading fancies Snow Fairy, Nathaniel and Danedream all dropping out, followed by a brief rumour that the latter might be given a reprieve, which proved not to be the case."

A decision on whether Irish Oaks heroine Great Heavens is added to the field, at a cost of €100,000, will be made on Thursday morning. Bet365 quote her at 10-1 and William Hill go 14-1.

Hills, Paddy Power and Coral all priced up the Prix de l'Abbaye on Wednesday, making Sole Power favourite at between 4-1 and 11-2. July Cup winner Mayson, whom trainer Richard Fahey told the Racing Post this week had been sparkling at home, is 5-1 with Hills but 8-1 with the other two firms.

Coral opened betting on more Champions Day races, including the Fillies And Mares Stakes, for which they made Great Heavens 7-2 market leader. Punters are advised to wait until at least Thursday morning, given the possiblity of her running at Longchamp this weekend.

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