World Domination – winner of his only maiden start at Newbury last month – now heads the betting with William Hill for the 2011 Derby following the news that his stable-mate Frankel is almost certain not to line-up for the Epsom race.
The Qipco 2000 Guineas winner – previously quoted as a 6/4 (with a run) chance with Hills was today given a red-light for the middle-distance Classic after handler Henry Cecil revealed that he and owner Khallid Abdullah were in agreement that the colt should abstain from trying the mile-and-a-half trip at present.
The son of Galileo now looks set to line-up at the Royal Meeting in the opening day’s St James’s Palace House over the one-mile distance, leaving World Domination (4/1 fav) clear of Carlton House (11-2) in the Derby betting order.
Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: “The news of Frankel’s likely absence turns the Derby from a cloudy picture to a real betting heat. The betting reflects the openness of this year’s renewal and the forthcoming trials will prove extremely telling as to who might prevail at Epsom.’’
Investec Derby 2011 (William Hill bet): 4-1 World Domination, 11-2 Carlton House, 8-1 Seville, 12-1 Recital, 14-1 Native Khan, Vadamar, 16-1 Casamento, Sea Moon, 20-1 Marksmanship, 25-1 Nathaniel, Ocean War, Roderic O’Connor, 33-1 Dunboyne Express, First Mohican, French Navy, Genius Beast, Master of Hounds, Midsummer Fair, Notable Graduate, Pivotman, Quest For Peace, 40-1 BAR (E/W 1/4 1,2,3)