Gamut gamble in King George

WARRSAN and Phoenix Reach may have been strutting their stuff on the gallops yesterday morning but it was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Gamut that has caught the imagination of punters.

While the former pair booked their tickets for Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes with pleasing homework, the latter is now as low as 6-1 for the Ascot showpiece with Ladbrokes.

Gamut, the recent winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, will be bidding to give his Freemason Lodge handler a fourth win in the race after he scooped the first prize two years ago with Golan, in 1993 with Opera House and in 1981 with Shergar.

“We laid the son of Spectrum at a top price of 25-1 back in June with punters tucking in at cascading prices all the way down to his current quote of 6-1,” said Ladbrokes’ spokesman Balthazar Fabricius.

“He’s our worst loser in the book with the biggest bet we’ve taken being £3,000 at 8-1.”

Doyen remains the warm favourite for the mile-and-a-half contest, with totesport cutting Godolphin’s principal hope into evens after laying a five-figure bet at 11-10.

Dour battler Warrsan has also been popular with punters and is a general 6-1 chance for Saturday’s £750,000 contest.

The six-year-old reportedly worked well in Newmarket yesterday morning.

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