Favourite Valyrian Steel ruled out of the Old Newton Cup after ground eases
Valyrian Steel, the favourite for this afternoon's Old Newton Cup, has been ruled out on account of the softening ground at Haydock.
Another favoured conteder, Aaddeey, has also been ruled out, as have Grand Bazaar, Lost Eden and Pirate King.
Zabeel Champion and Dark Jedi have now assumed favouritism for the £100,000 handicap at 11-2, with the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Longsider next-best at 7-1.
St Mark's Basilica is the clear favourite for the four-runner Coral-Eclipse (3.35) at Sandown later this afternoon as Aidan O'Brien goes for his sixth victory in the historic Group 1.
The three-year-old has won the French 2,000 Guineas and French Derby already this season and is now a 5-4 shot (from 6-4) to claim a fourth career Group 1 success.
This year's Dubai Sheema Classic winner Mishriff has drifted out to 7-4 (from 6-4), with Addeybb next best in the market at 100-30 generally. Outsider El Drama is 28-1.
2.25: Beat Le Bon
3.00: Ready To Venture
5.15: Aggagio, Balearic, Big Boy Bobby
1.30: Kimifive, Tintoretto
3.15: Aaddeey, Grand Bazaar, Lost Eden, Pirate King, Valyrian Steel
3.50: Adaay In Asia, Lady Dollars
4.25: Judicial, Caleco, Motagally
4.55: Ballintoy Harbour
Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: "A small but boutique field for the first great clash of the generations and so far punters have sided with young pretender and French Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica who has been solid at the top of the market, while Saudi Cup and Sheema Classic hero Mishriff is on the drift."
The going on the round course at Sandown ahead of an exciting eight-race card is good, good to soft (in places) on the round course and good to soft on the sprint course.
Paddy Power market movers
1.50 Happy Romance 28-1 (from 40)
2.25 Pythagoras 5-1 (from 6)
3.35 St Mark’s Basilica 5-4 fav (from 11-8 fav)
2.05 Tashkhan 11-2 (from 7)
2.40 La Lune 8-1 (from 9)
3.15 Dark Jedi 8-1 (from 10)
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