Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

March For The Gurkha As Punters Pile On

William Hill have shortened The Gurkha to 11-10 favourite from 13-8 for the Eclipse, having been as big as 5-1 last week.

“Punters are all over The Gurkha, he’s like a bad rash that we just can’t scratch. We’ve been cutting him and no matter what price we slash him to, there’s still a queue of people wanting to back him,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “By Saturday, he could be a horrible result for bookies.”

In other races, Gwafa is the one Hills have shortened in the Old Newton Cup – now 7-1 from 8-1.

Eclipse: 11-10 The Gurkha, 11-4 My Dream Boat, 4-1 Time Test, 8-1 Hawkbill, 12-1 Western Hymn, 14-1 Deauville, 20-1 Exosphere, 25-1 Long Island Sound, 40-1 Cougar Mountain, 50-1 Bravery, 200-1 Countermeasure, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Charge: 7-2 Easton Angel, 5-1 Kachy, 11-2 Brando, 6-1 Outback Traveller, 8-1 Goldream, Marsha, Spirit Quartz, 12-1 Log Out Island, 14-1 Justineo, 16-1 Jane’s Memory, 20-1 Lancelot Du Lac, Monsieur Joe, 25-1 Willytheconqueror, 33-1 Duke Of Firenze, Iffranesia, Kingsgate Native, 40-1 Dutch Masterpiece, Soapy Aitken, Stepper Point, 66-1 Humidor, 100-1 Taexali, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Lancashire Oaks: 10-3 Endless Time, 6-1 Carnachy, 7-1 Abingdon, Fireglow, Furia Cruzada, Lady Of Camelot, Loving Things, Nightflower, Sovereign Parade, 8-1 Bateel, 12-1 Miss Marjurie, 16-1 Weetles, 20-1 Lustrous, 33-1 Dessertoflife, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Challenge: 5-1 Mutamakkin, 6-1 Azraff, Best Of Times, 8-1 Weld Al Emarat, 9-1 White Lake, 10-1 Dark Red, Donncha, 12-1 Secret Brief, 14-1 Battle Of Marathon, Chevallier, Whitman, You’re Fired, 16-1 King’s Pavilion, Secret Art, 20-1 Melvin The Grate, Montsarrat, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Old Newton Cup: 11-2 King Bolete, 7-1 Desert Encounter, Gwafa, 10-1 Battersea, First Sitting, Oasis Fantasy, Revolutionist, 12-1 Darshini, Duretto, Green Light, Snoano, Tawdeea, 14-1 Gold Trail, Sindarban, Watersmeet, 16-1 Dawn Missile, Nayel, New Year’s Night, Notarised, Paddys Motorbike, 20-1 Barwick, Corton Lad, Dance King, Gold Prince, Kapstadt, 25-1 Blue Hussar, Havana Beat, Newera, Penglai Pavilion, Revision, Sennockian Star, 33-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)