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.