Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Rain On Golden Parade?

Rain On Golden Parade?

William Hill can report a steady flow of money for Clever Cookie in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, as forecasts of heavy rain could dampen the spirits of Golden Horn supporters.

Clever Cookie loves soft ground and has rapidly shortened to 14-1 from 50-1. Peter Niven’s gelding has won both of his two starts this year, at Chester and York.

In William Hill’s ‘Without Golden Horn’ market, Clever Cookie has shortened to 8-1 from 14-1 in the last couple of hours.

“It looks like punters are watching the weather, with soft ground horses the key to a potentially messy market if the rain really gets in to the ground,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Meanwhile, Golden Horn has drifted to 4-7 from a shortest price of 2-5.

“While the weather might look damp, the support for Golden Horn has completely dried up,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Meanwhile, also at Ascot, the Gigaset International Stakes has seen a good spread of money at William Hill, with Lincoln trimmed to 12-1 from 16-1 and Suzi’s Connoisseur 16-1 from 25-1.

Elsewhere at York, in the Skybet Dash, the favourite Tanzeel is the most popular horse at 7-1, while those who have shortened include Willbeme who is 12-1 from 14-1 and Algar Lad 10-1 from 14-1. In the Skybet York Stakes, there is very little catching the eye, with Custom Cut the 9-4 favourite.


King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes: 4-7 Golden Horn, 7-1 Eagle Top, 8-1 Snow Sky, 14-1 Clever Cookie, Flintshire, 16-1 Postponed, 20-1 The Corsican, 25-1 Dylan Mouth, Madame Chiang, 33-1 Romsdal, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Betting Without Golden Horn: 5-2 Eagle Top, 11-4 Snow Sky, 13-2 Flintshire, 15-2 Postponed, 8-1 Clever Cookie, The Corsican, 10-1 Dylan Mouth, 12-1 Madame Chiang, 16-1 Romsdal, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Skybet York Stakes: 9-4 Custom Cut, 3-1 Prince Gibraltar, 6-1 Tha’ir, 13-2 Bragging, Top Notch Tonto, 8-1 Tullius, 16-1 Kelinni, 20-1 Castlelyons, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Gigaset International Stakes: 8-1 Speculative Bid, 10-1 Bushcraft, Donncha, 12-1 Lincoln, 14-1 Heaven’s Guest, Zarwaan, 16-1 Ayaar, One Word More, Rene Mathis, Suzi’s Connoisseur, 20-1 Balty Boys, Belgian Bill, Enlace,  Hawkeyethenoo, Jallota, Unforgiving Minute, 25-1 Brazos, Firmdecisions, Fort Bastion, 33-1 Burnt Sugar, Farlow, Field Of Dream, Majestic Moon, Mehdi, Nakuti, Redvers, Sirius Prospect, 40-1 Don’t Call Me, Sir Robert Cheval, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Skybet Dash: 7-1 Tanzeel, 9-1 Kimberella, 10-1 Algar Lad, 12-1 Bogart, Encore D’Or, Grandads World, Willbeme, 14-1 Gran Canaria Queen, Pipers Note, See The Sun, Shore Step, 16-1 Blaine, Highland Acclaim, 20-1 Adams Ale, Hoof It, Lexis Hero, 25-1 Meshardal, 33-1 Addictive Dream, Al Khan, Tangerine Trees, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)