Tiger roars into Ces frame
Tiger Cliff is the outright favourite for the Cesarewitch after winning the Ebor Handicap at York on Saturday.
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Lady Cecil's four year old had finished runner-up at Royal Ascot on his preceding start but went when better on the Knavesmire as Tom Queally timed his run to perfection to collar Genzy in the shadow of the post.
Well backed for this heritage handicap, Tiger Cliff has been cut to land another and is now outright favourite for the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October.
Priced at 14/1 prior to the Ebor, the Tiger Hill gelding is now as low as 7/1 (bet365) for the Ces but is more widely available at 10s.
Looking further ahead to next season's Classics and there were some notable juvenile performances on Saturday.
Coventry Stakes winner War Command bounced back to form with an authoritative display in the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.
Sent off the 8/11 favourite, Aidan O'Brien's charge obliged with the minimum of fuss and was cut to 8/1 from 14s for the 2000 Guineas by bet365.
Sky Bet and Paddy Power were among the firms to be less impressed by the War Front colt and were prepared to stand 12/1 for the Classic immediately after the race.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien, however, believes that his juvenile is back to the form that saw him win brilliantly at Royal Ascot: "The Ascot horse is back. It was obviously trainer error again. I didn't have him sharp enough or tight enough.
"He was a different horse today. He tipped up more like he did at Ascot and quickened up well. The boys will have a talk about it, but he'll probably come back here for the National Stakes," he commented.
The layers were less impressed with the performance of Astaire in winning the Gimcrack Stakes at York with Kevin Ryan's youngster being introduced into the market for the first Classic of 2014 at 33/1.
Jockey Neil Callan was, understandably, far sweeter on the colt commenting: "He's a classy horse and he's got a big future. This is a lovely horse, I can't praise him enough. He's had to do it the hard way and make his own running.''
Ed Dunlop's Amazing Maria has been introduced at 20/1 for the 1000 Guineas after recording back-to-back successes at Goodwood when outclassing the opposition in the Group Three Prestige Stakes under Gerald Mosse.
Connections weren't doing anything to put punters off either with winning trainer Ed Dunlop saying: "I think the ground is a bit softer than ideal for her, but she did it very well. I've always held her in high regard and at this stage she's my best two-year-old."
Barry Simpson, racing manager for owner Sir Robert Ogden, was equally effusive adding: "It was a very positive run and we couldn't be more thrilled. I think the Fillies' Mile would be an option for her."