Punters caught Flat-footed

  • Last Updated: March 30 2014, 16:56 BST

A weekend which belonged to the bookies ended with a new favourite for the Investec Oaks.

Ocean Tempest gets the better of Tullius in the Lincoln
Ocean Tempest gets the better of Tullius in the Lincoln

Simon Holt's 10/1 tip Brae Hill landed the William Hill Spring Mile, but the sponsors were left to toast a fine result in the Lincoln as 20/1 chance Ocean Tempest defied a poor draw to beat the well-backed Tullius.

Value Bet selection Sweet Lightning ran well for fourth and just behind him was Off Art, another supported horse and one which William Hill customers were paid out on after the firm went five places on the race they sponsor.

"It was definitely a day for the bookies, but our five places offer was very popular with punters and it was a great start to the season," said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Stan James also reported a good start to the season, with Ocean Tempest described as a "huge winner in the book" by the firm's spokesman Rory Jiwani.

"Results had gone pretty well before the Lincoln but the big race went far better than we could have hoped," Jiwani confirmed.

"Ocean Tempest was backed in from 33/1 to 20/1 just before the off but he was a huge winner in the book. Gabrial's Kaka and Consign were our two worst results so it was pleasing to see them finish out of the frame.

"Two years after his Lincoln victory, Brae Hill won the Spring Mile at 10/1 for Richard Fahey. That wasn't a bad result for us and Dinkum Diamond taking the Cammidge Trophy was even better. We were top price every runner in the race with Jack Dexter a well-backed favourite but he was only third behind Henry Candy's 12/1 shot under Oisin Murphy.

"The Doncaster Mile was another good result with William Haggas' Graphic holding off Fencing thanks to a well-judged ride from Seb Sanders. Fencing was our Happy Hour horse so he was our worst result by some way."

Those who play the totescoop6 were also left disappointed, largely due to favourite Jack Dexter's disappointing run in the aforementioned Cammidge Trophy.

"A rollover always looked likely after Jack Dexter failed to fire at Doncaster and we're now set for a colossal Scoop6 on Grand National day," said totepool spokesman Andrew Griffiths, who confirmed that over £450,000 from the win fund carries over to next week.

At Meydan, Jamie Osborne enjoyed the biggest win of his training career when Toast Of New York landed the UAE Derby in fine style but, despite a starting price of 11/1, the British-trained runner was popular with domestic punters.

"Over at Meydan, the Dubai World Cup meeting has also gone the way of the bookies so far," added Jiwani of Stan James. "One result which didn't go our way was Toast Of New York taking the UAE Derby. We had laid Jamie Osborne's raider who bolted up under Jamie Spencer and he's now 16/1 for the Kentucky Derby."

Sky Bet also cut the winner to 25/1 for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, bet365 and BetVictor both went 20/1, but Paddy Power stood firm at 40s.

On Sunday, Bracelet impressed in winning Leopardstown's 1000 Guineas Trial and was cut to a general 16/1 from 33s for the Newmarket feature on the first Sunday in May.

However, most firms took the view that her future lies over further and she's favourite for the Investec Oaks at a best of 10/1 with Ladbrokes and William Hill.

  • Updated at 1625 GMT on 30/03/2014.