Van Percy into 10/1 for Ebor

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: July 29 2014, 21:50 BST

Van Percy was cut as short as 10/1 for the Betfred Ebor after edging to victory in the Summer Handicap at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday.

Van Percy (l) wins from Havana Cooler at Glorious Goodwood
Van Percy (l) wins from Havana Cooler at Glorious Goodwood

Andrew Balding's star edged out the well-backed 5/2 favourite Havana Cooler to win by a neck.

The layers reacted by quickly amending their Ebor markets - Coral and Stan James slashing their price to 10/1.

betway were prepared to offer 16s with mor established firms at 14/1.

Sky Bet were among those and thier Michael Shinners said: "Van Percy is now 14/1 from 25/1 for the Betfred Ebor after an impressive performance.

"He battled well to the line and on quick ground looks an obvious player.

"We kept Havana Cooler at 10/1 and although he finished second, lost nothing in defeat.  Luca Cumani has a good record in the race and he still holds a massive chance."

Several other firms opted to cut the runner-up with William Hill going into 8/1. A top price of 12/1 remained available though.

The Melbourne Cup is also on the agenda for Van Percy and Stan James gave him a first quote of 25/1 for that race.

The opening day of the five-day meeting was generally a good one for the bookies with the two odds-on favourites beaten.

Beacon went down in the Molecomb, finishing third to Cotai Glory, while Toormore was touched off by Es Que Love in the Lennox to deny trainer Richard Hannon in both the big races.

Meanwhile, Richard Hughes failed to hit the target with any of his rides on day one of Glorious Goodwood and with Ryan Moore picking up one victory on board Extremity, he is now the 8/11 favourite for the Top Jockey Award (from 11/8). Hughes has been pushed out to 7/4, having started the meeting as the 5/4 favourite.

Joe Fanning looks an intriguing outsider after landing the opening race on board Sennockian Star – he’s shortened in price from 14/1 to 8/1.

“Ryan Moore is now in pole position but Joe Fanning is also off to a flyer and holds a lively outside chance,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

William Hill took the decision not to bet on the leading trainer at Glorious Goodwood, rating that Richard Hannon was a near-certainty – and it’s a position the company remain firm on.

William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke: “Although Richard Hannon hasn’t fired today, there’s plenty more ammunition in the gun and he’s still very much the one to beat. We’ll reassess after day two if he hasn’t got on the board!”