Yeats has been all the rage with the bookmakers ahead of Saturday’s Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh.
Aidan O’Brien’s four-year-old, off the track since disappointing in France in June, is now 3-1 from 5s with Cashmans after some strong support, with William Hill and Ladbrokes both offering the same price.
Vinnie Roe, who will be bidding for an amazing fifth consecutive win in the race, is 5-2 favourite with Hills while Ladbrokes make him the 11-4 market leader along with John Oxx’s Shalapour.
British raider Collier Hill is set to jet out to Dublin tomorrow after pleasing trainer Alan Swinbank in his final piece of work.
The globetrotting seven-year-old won in Dubai over the winter and was last seen finishing second to Gonbarda in a Group One at Dusseldorf in July.
Swinbank told At The Races: “He has done his final piece of work before he goes out to Ireland. He’s as well as we can get him and it’s a big day.
“He’s very, very well and we’re hopeful but I would say it’s a tough contest for him.
“He’s fit and well. In fact, I think he could be better than he was in Dubai.”
Swinbank has decided to bypass a trip to Sweden in favour of the Irish contest and a meeting with Vinnie Roe.
Weld’s charge was second in the Emirates Melbourne Cup last year and Swinbank is hoping to get a line through that horse before committing Collier Hill to a trip Down Under.
“The whole idea about going to the Curragh on Saturday rather than Stockholm on Sunday, where we could probably win, is to see where we are with Vinnie Roe and the Melbourne Cup.
“I think Vinnie Roe has 9st 2lb in the Melbourne Cup and we have 8st 10lb so if we are within two or three lengths, we would seriously think about going.”
Collier Hill will be stepping back up to 14 furlongs for the first time since finishing ninth in last year’s Ebor but Swinbank is certain the extra distance will suit.
“A mile six would be his real trip. All the other Group races he’s run in have been a mile four but this would be his proper trip,” he added.
Collier Hill is a best-priced 16-1 with Cashmans for Saturday’s Classic race.
Irish Field St Leger betting:
William Hill: 5-2 Vinnie Roe, 3-1 Yeats, 7-2 Shalapour, 11-2 Cherry Mix, 9-1 Gamut, 11-1 Collier Hill, Franklins Gardens, 12-1 Songlark, 14-1 Mkuzi, 16-1 Acropolis, 40-1 bar.
Ladbrokes: 11-4 Shalapour, Vinnie Roe, 3-1 Yeats, 8-1 Gamut, 12-1 Collier Hill, Franklins Gardens, Mkuzi, Songlark, 20-1 Acropolis, 40-1 bar.
Cashmans: 5-2 Shalapour, Vinnie Roe, 3-1 Aidan O’Brien stable (Yeats, Acropolis & Hippodrome), 8-1 Godolphin stable (Cherry Mix & Songlark), Gamut, 12-1 Franklins Gardens, 16-1 Collier Hill, 20-1 The Whistling Teal, Mkuzi, 33-1 Cloone River, Cutting Crew, 50-1 bar.