Conan fails to impress the layers

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 17:20 GMT

He took his record over fences to three from three but most bookmakers weren't impressed with Captain Conan at Sandown on Saturday and Ladbrokes left him unchanged at 4/1 for the Jewson Novices' Chase.

Captain Conan failed to impress the layers
Captain Conan failed to impress the layers

The firm's 'what a finish' promption saw backers of runner-up Third Intention refunded as he finished within a length in what was a great end to what was once known as the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Captain Conan gave odds-on backers an awful scare and there was nothing to warrant a price cut.

"Third Intention backers narrowly missed out on a big pay day but at least they're getting their money back."

Stan James weren't impressed either but are keen to keep Captain Conan on-side as they anticipate the Jewson will cut up.

Rory Jiwani of StanJames.com said: "Captain Conan clearly wasn't at his best today but he still managed to win a Grade 1.

"Jockey Barry Geraghty said afterwards he may have been lacking for fitness and he still looks the horse to beat in the Jewson.

"We left Nicky Henderson's charge unchanged at 7/2 for the Jewson initially but then pushed him out slightly to 4/1.

"He may not have impressed today but we still want to keep him on side as many of his rivals at the top of the betting have the Arkle or the RSA as their first preference at Cheltenham."

Paddy Power went as big as 6/1 about Captain Conan winning the Jewson, with Sky Bet's 5/1 the next best quote.

Over at Ffos Las, Value Bet tip Medinas won the Welsh Champion Hurdle and Stan James were among a clutch of firms who cut Alan King's horse to 14/1 for both the Pertemps Final and the Coral Cup.

"Medinas won the Welsh Champion Hurdle in dogged fashion at Ffos Las," said Jiwani.

"He appears to be a horse on the upgrade so we've cut him from 25/1 to 14/1 for the Coral Cup with Alan King saying that would be the six-year-old's target at the Festival.

"Tanerko Emery stayed on well into third place for David Pipe and we've introduced him at 16/1 for the same race."

The same yard's Goulanes landed a gamble when winning on his first start over fences at Wetherby and he's no bigger than Betfred's 16/1 for the National Hunt Chase as a result.

  • Our tipping team had a fine day, with Ben Linfoot advising two bets at 10/1, both of which won, while Simon Holt chipped in with a 9/1 winner at Sandown