Layers draw battle lines on War
The layers were split over the performance of War Command after Aidan O'Brien's star ran out a workmanlike winner of the Dewhurst Stakes.
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Several cut the colt, including Stan James who went into just 6/1 for next year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas.
However, many left War Command unchanged, while sportingbet actually lengthened the two-year-old to a standout 11/1.
Jockey Joseph O'Brien was bullish about his ride's Classic chances after the victory, saying: "He's definitely a Guineas type. I think he will have no trouble getting a mile and I think the faster the ground, the better he will be."
However, not all layers were convinced.
William Hill's Jon Ivan-Duke said: "It was a good performance from War Command, but not an outstanding one.
"Connections think the ground wasn't ideal for him and William Hill remain unchanged at 8/1 for the 2000 Guineas."
Sky Bet's Michael Shinners, whose firm went 8/1 from 10s, was a little more upbeat, saying: "War Command was workmanlike in the Dewhurst but showed a good attitude and is clearly going to be a Guineas contender in the spring."
Stan James' Rory Jiwani explained his firm's stance was largely down to liabilities.
He said: "He looks like being Ballydoyle's leading contender for the 2000 Guineas and we've cut him from 8/1 to 6/1 for Newmarket next May.
"That's partly down to him being our biggest loser in the book already and we don't really want to lay him much more."
Two of the last three winners of the Dewhurst - Frankel and Dawn Approach - have gone on to win the following year's Guineas.
Solario Stakes winner Kingman is currently the favourite for next season's first Classic at 6/1 (Paddy Power).
War Command was also left widely unchanged at 16s for the Investec Derby.
Meanwhile, Astaire also earned Guineas quotes after winning the Middle Park Stakes on the same Future Champions Day card at Newmarket.
Sky Bet, Coral and Stan James are went up with 33s after the race.
"You had to be impressed with Astaire's battling qualities and he's a high-quality colt, but there have to be reservations over whether he's going to be a miler next year," said Sky Bet's Shinners.
Jiwani echoed those thoughts, adding: "It's hard to see him being a genuine contender over a mile."
Favourite Great White Eagle - another from the O'Brien Ballydoyle stable - disappointed, failing to make the frame, and was duly pushed out to 33s for next year's opening Classic by Coral.
As for the 1000 Guineas, Marco Botti's Al Thakhira was given a 20/1 quote for next year's fillies' Classic after winning the Rockfel Stakes.
BetVictor went up with that price, prepared to take her on. Paddy Power were half that price.
Sky Bet's Shinners said: "You could quesiton the substance of the form but the way she travelled through the race and put it to bed quickly was very impressive."
Lightning Thunder was pushed out to 40/1 by Betfred after failing to feature having been sent off at odds-on.
Autumn Stakes winner Kingston Hill came into the Derby market at 20/1 with Sky Bet and Stan James after his victory at Newmarket.
The day's big betting race, the Betfred Cesarewitch, produced a good result for the bookies with 66/1 shot Scatter Dice claiming victory.
However, those who offered five places in their each-way terms took a bit of a hit with the well-supported Pallasator coming home in that spot.