Karakontie cut for Epsom glory
Karakontie is as low as 16/1 for next month's Investec Derby at Epsom after winning the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp on Sunday.
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The favourite duly obliged in the French 2000 Guineas but he was made to work hard for his victory by Prestige Vendome and opinion among the layers was split.
The Japanese bred colt, who has yet to finish outside the first two in six career starts, is still a general 25/1 chance for England's premier classic (and significantly longer on the exchanges) although he is 16s in places.
William Hill trod the middle ground, going 20/1 from 25s, and their Jon Ivan-Duke said: "If Karakontie heads to Epsom he could attract support, but despite some strong trials on both sides of the Channel, there is still overwhelming popularity for the favourite Australia."
One of those trials mentioned by Ivan-Duke was the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown where Ebanoran passed the post in front of the well-backed favourite Fascinating Rock only for the stewards to reverse the placings.
The winner attracted support throughout the day for Epsom and is a 16/1 chance while the eventual second has been cut to a general 20/1 from 50s although John Oxx's colt is 14/1 in a place and 33s with StanJames.
The third placed horse, Geoffrey Chaucer, has been eased to a general 25/1 but the overall reaction from the layers was to shorten the odds of his better fancied stablemate, Australia.
Aidan O'Brien's 2000 Guineas third was cut to even money by Ladbrokes who are generally regarded as having a good line to the Ballydoyle string although the Galileo colt remains a general 6/4.
Hayley O'Connor of Ladbrokes said: "The Derby trials this week have not revealed a strong challenger to Australia and we've strengthened his position for the Epsom Classic as a result."