Muk cut to be King

  • Last Updated: July 5 2014, 16:50 BST

Mukhadram is fourth-favourite for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later in the month after winning the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

Paul Hanagan riding Mukhadram in The Coral Eclipse
Paul Hanagan riding Mukhadram in The Coral Eclipse

The William Haggas-trained star reversed Royal Ascot form with The Fugue emphatically at Sandown under a good ride from Paul Hanagan.

Sky Bet have inserted him at 6/1 in their King George market on the back of that, with Paddy Power going 5/1.

Telescope (7/4), Magician (9/4) and Eagle Top (5/1) are ahead of him in the market.

Meanwhile, Betfred have trimmed Justice Day to 25/1 from 33s for the Darley July Cup after his win at Haydock.

David Elsworth's sprinter burned off a decent field in a conditions race at the Lancashire track and several other layers have also cut the three-year-old, with Bet Victor most impressed (they go 20s).

Saturday afternoon’s totescoop6 went begging after Mukhadram eliminated the last remaining ticket in the sixth leg.

The hopes of the final punter rested on Night Of Thunder in the Coral-Eclipse, who was held up off a sedate pace and finished down the field.

This means there is a rollover of £159,695 in the win fund, whilst the bonus pool has grown to £68,441.

totepool spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: “A lack of winning favourites is generally a recipe for disaster for Scoop6 punters and means we’ll have a £350,000 bet next weekend.”

A total of £241,258 was bet into today’s pools and there were 30 winners of the place fund, which returned a bumper £1,608.30.

The afternoon's toteplacepot returned a whopping £20,601.40 to a £1 stake at Sandown!

There were 7.9 winning units of the monster dividend, which is the third highest in the last twelve months.

The top two in this period are £44,616.20 at Cheltenham on 14th March and £26,272.90 at Pontefract on 8th April.