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Battle Of Marengo - Leopardstown 14.04.2013

Battle Of Marengo: Ballysax Stakes winner is the new Derby favourite 

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Battle Of Marengo new favourite for Derby

BATTLE OF MARENGO soared to the head of the Investec Derby market on Thursday with Ladbrokes taking the most drastic action, slashing his odds to 4-1 (from 7-1) to give Ballydoyle further Classic success on June 1.

Cut across the board, last month's Ballysax Stakes winner is now a best-priced 6-1 with Coral, Paddy Power and Betfred but "significant" support forced Ladbrokes to make a clear statement at the head of their Derby market.

David Williams, spokesman for Ladbrokes, said: "We've seen significant market support for Battle Of Marengo this morning and, in a race where we were 6-1 the field, when punters decide to flex their muscles it can make quite a dent in the Derby market at the beginning of May." 

Stablemate Kingsbarns had been winter favourite for the race following a stunning success in the Racing Post Trophy last October but his participation was put in jeopardy after developing an infection after tearing off a shoe during a routine canter earlier in the year.

He remains as short as 6-1 with Betfred for the Derby but Paddy Power go a stand out 9-1 on the high street. However, with speculation growing that he will not be ready for the race, the son of Galileo was trading at 14-1 on Betfair on Thursday afternoon.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Telescope, a general 5-1 for the Epsom Classic but William Hill's outright 9-2 favourite, is most likely to trial for the race in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on May 16, according to owners Highclere Racing.

Highclere tweeted late on Wednesday: "Telescope worked impressively this morning pulling well clear of his working companions. The Dante is his most likely target."

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