Reports filtered through at lunchtime that the Queen’s colt had suffered a minor setback which was later confirmed by Her Majesty’s racing manager John Warren. He explained that though the Derby favourite had sustained a minor injury, they were still confident he would line-up at Epsom on Saturday.
Consequently, there have been a number of horses cut in the market by totesport who are offering non-runner no bet on the race. The Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Recital and Seville have been cut to 9/2 and 6/1 respectively (from 6/1 and 7/1) whilst Native Khan is now a 9/1 shot (from 12/1).
“With all the uncertainty surrounding Carlton House, it was inevitable that his price would drift and though connections are still confident he’ll make the race, both punters and bookmakers are treading carefully at the moment,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
Looking ahead to Royal Ascot in a fortnight’s time, Rite Of Passage has been supported to win his second Ascot Gold Cup on the trot and is now the 3/1 second-favourite (from 7/2) with totesport behind the 5/2 jolly Fame And Glory.
Investec Oaks – totesport bet: 2 Blue Bunting, 7/2 Wonder Of Wonders, 5 Havant, 6 Misty For Me, 9 Zain Al Boldan, 14 Dancing Rain, 16 Beatrice Aurore, 20 Look At Me, Sirens Song, 33 Izzi Top, 40 Charleston Lady, Spin, Why, 50 Blaise Chorus, Eirnin, 66 Fork Handles.
Investec Entrepreneurial Class “Dash” Handicap – totesport bet: 8 Captain Dunne, Masamah, 9 Ahtoug, 10 Fathom Five, 12 Bertoliver, Falasteen, 14 Beat The Bell, Crimea, 16 Dubai Media, Masta Plasta, Oldjoesaid, Perfect Blossom, Sohraab, 20 Indian Trail, Jamesway, Strike Up The Band, 25 Arctic Feeling, Confessional, Favourite Girl, La Fortunata, Secret Millionaire.
Investec Derby – totesport bet: 13/8 (from 11/8) Carlton House, 7/2 Pour Moi, 9/2 (from 6) Recital, 6 (from 7) Seville, 9 (from 12) Native Khan, 12 (from 20) Ocean War, 16 (from 20) Vadamar, 20 Masked Marvel, Treasure Beach, 33 Casamento, Memphis Tennessee, Nathaniel, 66 Genius Beach, Pisco Sour, 150 Marhaba Malyoon, 200 Castlemorris King.