Intello cut despite trip doubts

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: July 8 2013, 15:47 BST

Intello was cut into clear favouritism for the Arc by bet365 after winning in France on Sunday.

Intello: Now a clear favourite for the Arc with bet365
Intello: Now a clear favourite for the Arc with bet365

Andre Fabre's charge was a comfortable winner of the Prix Messidor at Maison-Laffitte, a performance which saw the Midlands-based firm trim their price from 6/1 to 5/1, taking Intello to the head of the market.

Most layers opted to leave their price unchanged though, wary of the fact that Sunday's race was run over a mile. The Arc is half a mile - or 50 per cent - further.

Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power all offered 6/1 in their Arc markets after the race.

Sky Bet kept their quote at 5/1 and their Michael Shinners said: "He was very impressive in winning his race and looks to be a huge player in this year's Arc. My only concern would be the trip, but I am sure we will have a better idea after his next run."

On best price, Intello is currently joint-favourite with Saturday's Eclipse winner Al Kazeem, who is widely available at 6/1.

Roger Charlton's stable star claimed a third Group One win in six weeks with a fine success at Sandown.

Stan James were certainly impressed, immediately cutting their price into 4/1, promoting Al Kazeem to the head of the market.

Their Rory Jiwani said: "He's proved he's the best middle-distance horse in Europe and, while three-year-olds have a superb record in the race, this year's Classic generation looks distinctly ordinary making Al Kazeem a worthy favourite in our eyes."

Boylesports offered 8/1 in the immediate aftermath of the mile-and-a-quarter race but by Sunday morning the best price was into 6s.

Sky Bet's Ian Stables, whose firm were one of those at 6s, said: "Admirably consistent and steadily improving, Al Kazeem would have what looks a very solid chance at this stage in what doesn't look a vintage year for middle-distance performers."

  • Posted at 1520 BST on 07/07/2013.