In Kempton’s 20:15 7f handicap there has been support for the Tom Dascombe runner FIRE DIAMOND. The 4yo put together a run of four successive victories over the winter in Class 6 company but has since come up short in higher grades. Last seen finishing 10th of 12 runners at Lingfield over 7f in February, punters obviously expect him to put in a stronger performance this time around. 11/1 with some firms last night, he’s now favourite and as short as 9/4 with one bookmaker (best price 3/1).
There’s a springer in the market In the opener at Dundalk this evening with TRUE BLUE MOON now clear favourite for the maiden. The un-raced 2yo is related to plenty of winners, though none over a trip this short, and is one of two runners in the race for Joseph O’Brien. The race was won last year by subsequent Group 1 scorer Caravaggio, trained by Joseph’s father Aidan who saddles the second favourite in today’s race Dali who cost connections $525,000 as a yearling. But it’s Joseph’s runner who backers want to be on, supporting the Holy Roman Emperor colt in from 3/1 into odds-on favourite in places (best price 6/4).
In Catterick’s 16:30 money has come for DOEADEER at big prices. A winner at 6f on the all-weather on just her second start, the 4yo has failed to win any of her following nine races, including finishing last of 11 runners on her latest outing at Southwell last month. Kieth Dalgleish’s 4yo has plenty to prove back on turf this afternoon but it appears many are confident of an improved performance today. 25/1 this morning, some bookmakers are now offering just 17/2 (best price 10/1).
Finally for today, MAJOR JUMBO has been popular all morning in the 14:50 at Nottingham. A two-time winner on the all-weather since the turn of the year, Kevin Ryan’s 3yo was also a winner on turf as a 2yo. Initially opening up at 5/1 last night, sustained support has seen his odds cut to as short as 5/2 (best price 11/4).