PADDY POWER REVISED ODDS FOR THE ABU DHABI IRISH 2000 GUINEAS DUE TO ZOFFANY DEFECTING Dubawi Gold 6-4, Roderic OConnor 11-4, Dunboyne Express 3-1, Zabarajad 13-2, Master Of Hounds 12-1, Slim Shadey 16-1, High Ruler, Oracle 20-1, Ashva, Follproof 200-1.
Paddy Power is the official betting partner of The Curragh and opens a new betting shop at the racecourse on Saturday.
The cast list for the Irish 2,000 Guineas at The Curragh on Saturday declined throughout the day on Monday as only 11 horses were declared for the Classic and one of those, Zoffany, who had been second-favourite, was ruled out a few hours later after suffering a bout of colic.
With the names of Dream Ahead and Pathfork also failing to appear among the declarations, Dubawi Gold, runner-up to Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, is a strong favourite with Paddy Power at 6-4, with Roderic OConnor and Dunboyne Express quoted at 11-4 and 3-1 respectively.
Dubawi Gold was a 33-1 outsider at Newmarket but proved to be the best of the rest in a race dominated by the brilliant winner. His run on Saturday will be the first significant test for Frankels Guineas form and victory would also offer encouragement to ante-post supporters of Native Khan, third home at Newmarket, for next months Derby.
Dream Ahead may now be aimed towards a potential meeting with Frankel in the St Jamess Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Weve always genuinely felt that he is a horse who needs cut in the ground, David Simcock, his trainer, said. Were very much looking forward to [Ascot]. The challenge of running against Frankel excites me.
The Temple Stakes at Haydock on Saturday promises to be the race of the weekend as the Hungarian-trained Overdose, who acquired the nickname of the Budapest Bullet on the way to a career record of 15 wins from 16 starts, makes his British debut in the Group Two event.
Possible opponents include four previous winners at Group One level in Markab, Kingsgate Native, Borderlescott and Sole Power, the shock winner of last years Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Overdose was installed as 2-1 favourite for the race by William Hill, though the only Group One victory on his record, in the 2008 Prix de lAbbaye, was scratched from the record when the race was declared void because one of the stalls had failed to open. The race was re-run without Overdose in the field, with the winner, Marchand DOr, recording a slower time down the five-furlong course than Overdose had done a few hours earlier.
Magic City, who seemed sure to be a Royal Ascot contender when he won on his racecourse debut at Newbury, was beaten at odds-on for the second time since at Windsor tonight.