Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookies Braced For O'Brien Pair

With a bunch of high quality races in the UK, Ireland and France over the weekend, two Aidan O’Brien horses already look like potential shockers for William Hill.

“A double on Idaho and Minding could be just the tonic for punters, but it may cost the industry millions,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Idaho is the 8-11 favourite for the St Leger and easily the worst result for William Hill. Muntahaa and Housesofparliament are attracting a few each-way bets, but Idaho is firmly the one to beat.

In the Irish Champion Stakes, Minding (2-1 favourite) is clearly the best backed, with William Hill’s biggest bet on the race a £3000 each-way punt from an online customer, when Minding was trading at 5/1 just two weeks ago.

With the potential for some rain showers, Persuasive and Jet Setting are proving popular in the Matron Stakes. Qemah remains 5-4 favourite.

Before the weekend, Clondaw Warrior (9-2) is the best backed horse for Friday’s feature, the Doncaster Cup. Mizzou is the 9-4 favourite with Hills.

“Willie Mullins and Ryan Moore team up with Clondaw Warrior and it has got the punters paying attention,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.



9th September


Mallard Stakes: 4-1 Wall Of Fire, 5-1 Fabricate, 6-1 Battersea, 13-2 Seamour, 10-1 Oriental Fox, Polarisation, Stipulate, 11-1 First Mohican, 14-1 Elidor, 16-1 All Talk N No Do, 20-1 Cayirli, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Doncaster Cup: 9-4 Mizzou, 9-2 Clondaw Warrior, Quest For More, 11-2 Clever Cookie, 8-1 Sheikhzayedroad, 12-1 Curbyourenthusiasm, St Michel, 14-1 Burmese, 33-1 Sweet Selection, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


10th September


Portland Handicap: 7-1 Captain Colby, 12-1 Final Venture, Shamshon, 14-1 Bowson Fred, Double Up, Harry Hurricane, Highland Acclaim, Judicial, Pipers Note, Soie D’Leau, 16-1 Confessional, Humidor, Red Pike, Son Of Africa, 18-1 Hoofalong, 20-1 Mont Kiara, Move In Time, Olivia Fallow, Out Do, Related, 25-1 Lexington Abbey, 33-1 Mukaynis, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

St Leger Stakes: 8-11 Idaho, 9-2 Muntahaa, 6-1 Housesofparliament, 12-1 Sword Fighter, 14-1 Ventura Storm, 20-1 Harbour Law, 25-1 Ormito, 50-1 Harrison, 100-1 The Tartan Spartan, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes: 5-4 Qemah, 7-2 Persuasive, 5-1 Alice Springs, 7-1 Jet Setting, 14-1 Now Or Never, 20-1 Devonshire, Hawksmoor, 25-1 Creggs Pipes, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Qipco Irish Champion Stakes: 2-1 Minding, 3-1 Harzand, 11-2 Almanzor, 9-1 New Bay, 10-1 Found, Highland Reel, 14-1 Hawkbill, 20-1 Success Days, 25-1 My Dream Boat, The Grey Gatsby, 33-1 Moonlight Magic, Sir Isaac Newton, 100-1 Ebediyin, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)