Ivawood made Guineas favourite

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: July 31 2014, 20:51 BST

Ivawood is the new favourite for the 2000 Guineas after easing to victory in the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Thursday.

Ivawood streaks clear to win the Richmond Stakes
Ivawood streaks clear to win the Richmond Stakes

Stan James went all the way into 6/1 following the four-and-a-half-length win.

However, Betfair's Sportsbook arm went up with twice that price, with several firms offering 10s. A best of 16/1 had been available before the comfortable success by Richard Hannon's two-year-old.

Sky Bet's Michael Shinners, whose firm were one of those at 10/1, said of the winner: "Another impressive performance from the Richard Hannon horse and the further he went the better he looked.

"This probably wasn't the strongest renewal of the Richmond Stakes, but he has to be respected.

William Hill's Jon Ivan-Duke said: "We already had a good idea that Ivawood was Guineas material but that performance puts him head of the betting."

Ivawood is now clear of Wednesday Goodwood winner Highland Reel, the Vntage Stakes winner having leapt to the top of the market with victory in the Vintage Stakes.

The 2000 Guineas is the first of next year's Classics but the Newmarket race does not take place until May.

Cavalryman won the feature race of the day, the Goodwood Cup, and the Godolphin stayer was subsequently chalked up at 25/1 for the Melbourne Cup by Stan James.

Their Rory Jiwani said: "Saeed Bin Suroor said afterwards that the Lonsdale Cup would be next for the front two followed by the Melbourne Cup. Cavalryman was only 12th at Flemington two years ago but we gave him a first quote of 25/1 for this year's renewal Down Under with runner-up Ahzeemah a 33/1 shot."

After breaking his duck with two winners on Thursday, Richard Hughes ended the day as an odds-on shot to win a fifth successive top jockey award at the five-day festival.

Betfred put him into 4/6 but bet365 were prepared to dangle 4/5. Ryan Moore, with one winner so far follows in the market at 10/3 (Hill's).

James Doyle, Joe Fanning, Richard Kingscote and William Buick also have two winners but are well behind Hughes on countback as he has already had four second-place finishes.