Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Ryan Back for Moore Bookie Bashing

Highland Reel is the most popular horse in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby betting with William Hill. The bookmaker shortened the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse to 9-2 from 5-1 on Friday morning.

One reason that Highland Reel may have been so well-backed is the presence of Ryan Moore in the saddle.

“After a rampant Royal Ascot, Ryan Moore is back to bash the bookies again and Highland Reel is the most popular selection in the Irish Derby,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “There’s very little support for anything other than the top two in the betting.” 

Jack Hobbs has also been backed - the 8-11 favourite was pushed out to 4-5 but that lasted a matter of minutes before William Hill reverted to the shorter price.

The Northumberland Plate has a more vibrant spread of money, with Gabrial’s King and Rite To Reign the two eye-catchers.

Gabrial’s King is the strongest in the betting and is now 9-1 from 10-1 with William Hill, while Rite To Reign has been tipped-up in some notable places and is now 10-1 from 14-1.

“Gabrial’s King has been popular all week, while there is now momentum behind Rite To Reign,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.