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Monday 20 August 2018

Punters Think it through

BETTING on Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe endured some strange patterns on Monday evening but the market returned to normal yesterday.

After being as big as 10/1 on Betfair on Monday, and the reason behind Paddy Power temporarily suspending betting on the race, So You Think remains the second favourite for the race and seemingly on course for the autumn highlight.

Indeed, Aidan O’Brien’s Australian import could even be head of the betting for the race by the weekend according to David Williams of Ladbrokes. Williams said: “The recent market jitters for So You Think seem to have been over exaggerated.

“He’s been the hottest Arc horse of the day and is closing in on Sarafina at the head of the betting.”

Last year’s winner, Workforce, was one of 15 horses to stand their ground at the latest forfeit stage today for Sunday’s showpiece as there were no real surprise defectors.

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Aidan O’Brien’s search for another win in the race will lie with So You Think, St Nicholas Abbey, Treasure Beach and Seville after Wonder Of Wonders and Regent Street were taken out of the field today.

Ed Dunlop’s Snow Fairy has been popular amongst punters this week and is likely to be ridden by Frankie Dettori. The jockey’s employers Godolphin did have the former Michael Halford-trained Casamento in the race until today but he was another of the defectors, along with Arctic Cosmos and David Wachman’s Giant Step.

The John Gosden-trained Nathaniel, who won this season’s King George at Ascot, would have to be supplemented by tomorrow morning if he is due to run but that will cost €100,000 and he is more than 40/1 on Betfair due to the unseasonal ground expected.

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