Elusive Kate edges out Sky Lantern in the Falmouth Stakes in JulyPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Lantern edges betting moves for big rematch
PUNTERS were on Wednesday siding very firmly with Sky Lantern in the much-anticipated rematch with her Falmouth Stakes conqueror Elusive Kate back at Newmarket on Saturday, with the Richard Hannon-trained grey backed into as short as 6-4 with William Hill, Coral and Boylesports, having started the day at 9-4.
The pair, separated by just a neck in a controversial finish at Newmarket in July were both 9-4 when the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes was first priced, but Elusive Kate was relatively friendless on Wednesday and available at 11-4.
That controversial finish led connections of Sky Lantern to appeal the result after Elusive Kate carried her across the track, but the BHA's disciplinary panel even stripped them of their deposit in declining to overturn the result.
Now all eyes are on the Sun Chariot, and William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: "Sky Lantern is proving incredibly popular and perhaps surprisingly our customers are swerving Elusive Kate."
Victory for either of the big two would be curtains for Boylesports, their spokesman Leon Blanche saying: "The Sun Chariot Stakes has attracted a top-class field and currently Sky Lantern and Elusive Kate stand to be our biggest losers in the race.
"La Collina really showed her class when battling to land the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown and has proven popular with each-way punters at 10-1."
In the big betting race at Newmarket on Saturday, the Betfred Cambridgeshire, the Henry Candy-trained Code Of Honor continued to be popular on Wednesday, with 20-1 becoming 16-1 in most places.
In Friday's Shadwell Fillies' Mile, the Clive Brittain-trained Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Rizeena is clear favourite at between 11-10 and 6-4, in front of Godolphin's impressive May Hill Stakes winner Ihtimal, whom William Hill and bet365 quote at 3-1.
The eight declarations include a second Godolphin filly, Sound Reflection, who is unbeaten in two starts, plus three runners from Ireland, notably recent Curragh Listed winner Avenue Gabriel.
On the same card former champion South African two-year-old Soft Falling Rain was installed a best-priced 5-4 favourite for the Nayef Joel Stakes by Betfred and BetVictor.
The ground continued to dry out at Newmarket on Wednesday, when clerk of the course Michael Prosser added the words 'good to firm in places' to what had previously been described as good ground.
Prosser revealed that Saturday's forecast rain is now predicted to arrive after the big betting contest of the afternoon, the Betfred Cambridgeshire Handicap.