Big Irish gamble as Hurricane Sky is backed into 11-1 from 40s at Navan
There is a big gamble brewing at Navan where the JP McManus-owned Hurricane Sky has been backed into 11-1 from 40-1 this morning.
Trained by Charles O'Brien, the 12-year-old failed to spark in two starts since a 517-day break but there is clearly confidence more is expected in this 1m5f handicap.
Fancy Man is being backed ahead of his clash with Derby hope John Leeper in the Fairway Stakes (2.05) at Newmarket.
The son of Pride Of Dubai beat subsequent Classic Trial winner Alenquer at Haydock last season and is now a general 15-8 shot (from 2-1) to get snare the Listed prize.
Fancy Man has joined John Leeper as favourite with some firms, with the connections of the latter hoping he can affirm his Cazoo Derby credentials.
Paddy Power market movers
1.50 Happy Romance 6-1 (from 13-2)
2.25 Logician 7-4 (from 15-8)
3.00 Dubawi Sands 7-1 (from 8-1)
3.35 Palace Pier 8-13 fav (from 8-11 fav)
2.05 Fancy Man 7-4 (from 15-8 fav)
2.40 Devilwala 11-4 (from 3-1)
3.15 Bickerstaffe 8-1 (from 9-1)
The going at Newbury is good to soft ahead of its seven-race card headlined by the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (3.35).
Palace Pier is well clear of his rivals on ratings and is a general 4-6 to win a third Group 1 for owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
In the London Gold Cup, Oz Legend has been nibbled at this morning into a general 8-1 (from 9-1), while favourite Bay Bridge is still rock-solid at 5-2 with most firms.
Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: "It's early days although Palace Pier's eight-length romp at Sandown last time has already put him in pole position to be this season’s champion older miler and so far punters have not looked anywhere else but him in today’s Lockinge."
1.30: 7 Flotus, 5 Dulcet Spirit
2.05: 6 Via Sistina
3.15: 7 Operatic
5.00: 7 Nibras Again, 3 Royal Birth
3.00: 5 Dingle
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