Sponsors ‘dangling carrot’ for Camelot backers

Ladbrokes feel they are “dangling a carrot” for punters by easing Camelot’s odds ahead of his bid for Triple Crown glory in tomorrow’s St Leger at Doncaster.

Sponsors ‘dangling carrot’ for Camelot backers

Aidan O’Brien’s 2000 Guineas and dual Derby hero bids to become the first horse since the legendary Nijinsky in 1970 to complete the British Classic hat-trick and has been the red-hot favourite since connections confirmed their intentions to travel to Town Moor.

With plenty in hand on the official ratings, it is not surprising the Ballydoyle superstar is a warm order, but race sponsors Ladbrokes pushed the colt’s price out to 2-5 from 1-3 after a field of nine were declared.

Ladbrokes have also made adjustments to the prices of the two major contenders for trainer John Gosden, after stable jockey William Buick confirmed he would partner Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Thought Worthy.

He is 8-1 from 10-1 to give the Clarehaven handler his third successive triumph in the world’s oldest Classic, while the passed-over Michelangelo is 12-1 from 10-1, despite the booking of the ever-popular Frankie Dettori.

The Italian rider partnered Gosden’s Shantou to win the St Leger in 1996.

The trainer also saddles outsider and likely pacemaker Dartford.

Buick admits it was a difficult decision to choose between the yard’s two leading hopes, but feels Thought Worthy comes into the race with the best form.

He told his At The Races blog: “Michelangelo breezed on Tuesday and I gave Thought Worthy the same sort of spin on Wednesday and I couldn’t split how well they were.

“In the end it was the overall level of form that Thought Worthy has shown which swung my decision his way.

“I know Camelot is going to be very hard to get by but both the Clarehaven runners have the ability to bustle him up and I want to be on the one that pushes him hardest and I think that’s going to be Thought Worthy.”

Camelot is O’Brien’s sole representative after Imperial Monarch and Monday’s Galway winner Chamonix were both not declared.

There is another challenger from Ireland in the shape of Tommy Carmody’s Ursa Major, the mount of Johnny Murtagh.

Derby runner-up Main Sequence represents David Lanigan, Encke goes for the Godolphin team under Mickael Barzalona and impressive Melrose Stakes winner Guarantee takes a big step up in class for William Haggas.

The field is completed by the Henry Cecil-trained Thomas Chippendale.

Ladbrokes St Leger, sponsors bet: 2-5 Camelot, 8-1 Main Sequence, 8-1 Thought Worthy, 12-1 Michelangelo, 14-1 Guarantee, 16-1 Ursa Major, 25-1 Thomas Chippendale, 33-1 Encke, 250-1 Dartford

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