Arc Market Taking Shape
Sunday's Longchamp action resulted in several changes to the betting for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
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Japanese star Orfevre was workmanlike in landing the Qatar Prix Foy by a length from Meandre, prompting several firms to cut him to outright favouritism over last year's winner Danedream.
Sky Bet cut him to 4/1 from 5s, as did totesport, Betfred, Ladbrokes and William Hill, but Stan James and bet365 went 9/2 from the same price.
Boylesports decided to leave their prices unaltered, which means that their standout 5/1 about Orfevre makes him second-favourite to general 9/2 shot Danedream at best prices.
Coral, though, believe that it's the Japanese horse who deserves to head the betting following the weekend's events.
"Orfevre is a worthy favourite to give Japan a first win in Europe's greatest race, as connections seemed sure he would improve for his Prix Foy win," said the firm's David Stevens.
"The Japanese Triple Crown winner had been well-backed for the Arc prior to his reappearance, and ante-post punters will surely be happy with what they saw."
Later on, J-P Gauvin's Saonois won the Qatar Prix Niel and Stan James were sufficiently impressed to cut him to 8/1 from 33s, making him their clear fifth favourite.
Sky Bet went 10/1 from the same price while bet365 cut him to 12/1 from 40s, a price which is now the best on offer.
Arguably the most impressive performance of the day came in the Qatar Prix Vermeille, in which last year's Arc second Shareta confirmed the impression she created at York last time with a comfortable win.
Coral and Sky Bet halved their previous 20/1 quotes to 10/1, a price matched by most firms, but again Boylesports went a standout 14s.
Sky Bet's Ken Dickson said: "Orfevre beat a reliable yardstick in Meandre and moved to joint favouritism for the Arc following an easy win in the Prix Foy.
"Saonois looked to improve for the trip and rates an interesting outsider, while Shareta put up an impressive display in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille and has every chance of going one better than last year's second in the Arc."
Perhaps the most significant event of the weekend, though, was Camelot's defeat in the Ladbrokes St Leger, after which trainer Aidan O'Brien suggested he'd run his last race of the season.
The previously-unbeaten colt had been around 3/1 for the Arc prior to his Doncaster second but his expected absence meant virtually every horse set to run at Lonchamp was cut to some degree.
Other than those mentioned above, Nathaniel and Snow Fairy are the only two quoted at single-figure prices, with most firms going 6/1 and 7/1 respectively.