New Approach 11-10 for Irish Champion glory
NEW APPROACH is now an 11-10 chance for Saturday's Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes with William Hill after a turbulentmorning's trading saw Duke Of Marmalade's position at the head of the market for the Leopardstown Group 1 challenged.
The granite horse had been an across-the-board favourite to land a sixth top-level success on the weekend, however bookmakers were forced to suspend betting on the race, after seeing what Hills referred to as a "huge surge of money" for the Jim Bolger-trained Derby winner.
William Hill's spokesman Tony Kenny said: "We tookseveral four-figure wagers on New Approach between 9am and 9.30am this morning, and at that stage we decided it was everyone's interest to suspend the market."
He continued: "We're expecting a lot of rain in Dublin over the next few days, and if that expected downpour comes - then there could be doubts about the participation of Duke Of Marmalade."
On their reopened market, Hills put Duke Of Marmalade in as a4-5 shot (from 1-2) and Kenny added: "We'll be watching developments very closely over the next few hours."
At 2.45pm on Wednesday afternoon, the Betfair market had New Approach at 2.06 to back and 2.2 to lay, while Duke Of Marmalade was trading at 2.58 to back and 3.1 to lay.
Earlier, the Duke had touched a high of 4.1, and Betfair spokesman Tony Calvin said: "It could well be a false move, and we are certainly not talking big sums here,but a drift to 3-1 is obviously worrying for his weekend supporters."