Punters pile into Junius Brutus on Newmarket card hit by spate of non-runners
Junius Brutus has been heavily supported for the Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap (12.45) on day two of Newmarket's July festival.
The four-year-old has been backed from 11-2 into 2-1 favouritism for the sprint, despite the fact he has not won since August 2018.
Newmarket's eight-race card has been hit by more than 20 non-runners, most of whom were withdrawn due to the soft ground.
On a wet day at the track, the going was changed after the sixth race on Thursday and the ground will remain testing after more overnight rain, although the forecast is for sunny spells.
12.45 Junius Brutus 2-1 (from 11-2)
1.15 Magical Land 10-11 (from 5-2)
1.50 Arthurian Fable 7-4 (from 6)
12.00 Marine One 13-8 (from 11-4)
12.30 Higgs 11-4 (from 8-1)
1.30 Monseur D'Arque 3-1 (from 6-1)
Key non-runners on the card include She Do (2.25), Star Of The East (3.00) and Magic Wand, who was yesterday withdrawn from the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes (4.10). At 9.30, there were 23 non-runners, with all bar three taken out due to the conditions.
It is also a big day at Market Rasen, where the Grade 3 Betway Summer Plate Handicap (2.40) is headed by the Harry Fry-trained Bags Groove. The going is good, good to soft in places.
12.10 Grand Bazaar
12.45 Breathless Times, East Street Revue, Eeh Bah Gum, Line Of Reason, Outrage, Royal Birth, Tanasoq
1.15 Patient Dream
1.50 Boy In The Bar, Charles Molson, De Vegas Kid, Fighting Temeraire, La Maquina, Mohareb, Zhui Feng
2.25 Ghaaliya, More Beautiful, She Do
3.00 Protected Guest, Star Of The East
3.35 Maori Knight, Enemy
4.10 Magic Wand
12.30 Wasdell Dundalk
2.05 Ingleby Hollow
3.15 Lord Condi
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