Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Hot Horn As Bookies See Battersea Barrage

This weekend’s racing focus will be on Golden Horn and his bid to continue his unbeaten career in the Eclipse at Sandown. Following Saturday’s declarations, William Hill price the Derby winner at 4-11 to win at Sandown from 1-3.


“It’s a one-horse book with customers seeing the race as an easy opportunity for Golden Horn,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “Punters just won’t have it that anything else can possibly win.”


In the Charge, both Mecca’s Angel and Waady have been popular, with the latter receiving a favourable draw.


At Haydock, in the Old Newton Cup, Penhill is now the 5-1 outright favourite from 7-1, while Battersea has been the horse attracting most bets. Battersea has shortened with Hills to 11-2 from 10-1.


“Battersea is one of the best backed horses for Saturday’s racing at Haydock. We’ve not seen Roger Varian’s colt on a course since last season, but the market vibes are very positive,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.




Eclipse: Golden Horn 4-11 from 1-3


Old Newton Cup: Penhill 5-1 from 7-1, Battersea 11-2 from 10-1, Mighty Yar 8-1 from 14-1


Charge: Mecca’s Angel 11-4 from 9-2, Waady 3-1 from 5-1, Spirit Quartz 12-1 from 16-1





Coral Eclipse: 4-11 Golden Horn, 7-2 The Grey Gatsby, 12-1 Cougar Mountain, 14-1 Western Hymn, 66-1 Tullius, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)


Coral Charge: 11-4 Mecca’s Angel, 3-1 Waady, 13-2 Wind Fire, 8-1 Salt Island, 9-1 Kingsgate Native, 12-1 Spirit Quartz, 14-1 Stepper Point, 16-1 Iffranesia, Katawi, 20-1 Son Of Africa, 33-1 Beacon, 66-1 Dutch Masterpiece, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Coral Challenge: 9-2 Basem, 5-1 Sahaafy, 7-1 Spark Plug, 8-1 Halation, 10-1 Ifwecan, 12-1 Jacob Black, You’re Fired, 16-1 Master Carpenter, Mister Universe, Munaaser, Tournament, 20-1 Gabrial’s Kaka, 25-1 Barye, Fire Ship, 33-1 Baltic Knight, Boomshackerlacker, Melvin The Grate, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


Bet365 Old Newton Cup: 5-1 Penhill, 11-2 Battersea, 8-1 Mighty Yar, Watersmeet, 10-1 Elbereth, 12-1 Kinema, 14-1 Farquhar, 16-1 Excellent Result, Gabrial’s Star, Great Hall, Notarised, 20-1 Gabrial’s King, Nancy From Nairobi, Saoi, Windshear, 25-1 John Reel, 33-1 Lungarno Palace, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


Bet365 Lancashire Oaks: 5-1 Miss Marjurie, 11-2 Jordan Princess, 6-1 Arabian Comet, Ballybacka Queen, Lady Tiana, Queen Of Ice, 8-1 Criteria, 16-1 Lustrous, 20-1 Dark Crusader, Momentus, 33-1 Amaze Me, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)