Duke favourite again for Irish Champion Stakes
DUKE OF MARMALADE is back into favouritism for the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes after he was declared for the Leopardstown contest.
Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old is unbeaten in five Group 1 starts this season and had Jim Bolger's New Approach back in third when landing the rearranged Juddmonte International at Newmarket.
There had been doubts a rematch would take place earlier this week, with Duke Of Marmalade drifting out to as big as 3-1 on Betfair and New Approach having been into odds-on favourite with some firms.
But the clash is now back on.
Although William Hill make the big two 11-10 joint-favourites, most firms have the Ballydoyle inmate as the clear market-leader.
Paddy Power, spokesman of the Irish bookmakers, said: "Aidan's warning that the race may come too soon for 'The Duke' and likely softer ground than he has been running on means the granite horse is available at what might be a generous 10-11.
"We've experience of taking him on before and comemightily unstuck!"
William Hill's Tony Kenny added: "The rumours surrounding Duke Of Marmalade have resulted in Aidan O'Brien's charge drifting out from 1-2 favourite to 11-10.
"On the other hand, New Approach has been really well backed and he's now the biggest loser in our Irish Champion Stakes book."
Pat Flynn's She's Our Mark is as big as 100-1 with some bookmakers, but the trainer has warned punters he is notrunning his filly to make up the numbers.
The four-year-old also held an entry in the Matron Stakes on the same card but Flynn has opted to let her take on the big boys.
"We looked at the Matron but I knew there would only be nine or 10 runners in thebig race and we will get our money back just for turning up," Flynn told At The Races.
"I think this trip suits her so hopefully, we can finish higher up in the money.
"She ran well to finish second at Gowran last time and we were unlucky to bump into a very good filly (Katiyra) on the day.
"There is Duke Of Marmalade andNew Approach in there, but we will be trying to win the race if we can - we are not just going for the day out.
"They have four legs and our filly has four legs and she is in good form so we will see."
Kevin Prendergast has decided to let Mores Wells take his chance following his victory over Washington Irving in the Ballyroan Stakes last month.
"He has come out of the Leopardstown race very good and he handled the heavy ground well," said Prendergast.
"He has won twice over a mile and a quarter and I don't know that the trip is any big deal.
"The two favourites are the winner of the Derby and the grand horse - the 'Grand Duke' - so if we were third or fourth, itwould be lovely to be Group 1-placed."
Aidan O'Brien will also saddle Red Rock Canyon and King Of Rome, while Henry Cecil's Multidimensional and the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Traffic Guard are the two British representatives.
The nine-strong field is completed by Lord Admiral.