Bookmakers are finding it hard to name a favourite for next seasons 1000 Guineas after ante-post market leader Memory proved a major disappointment, when only sixth in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
The Richard Hannon two year-old band wagon looks to be hitting a flat spot at the moment. Recent lacklustre performances from stable stars Strong Suit and Libranno indicated that their juvenile domination could be coming to an end.
That point of view was strengthened yesterday when ante-post 1000 Guineas favourite Memory was a well beaten sixth in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
Held up off a moderate pace, Richard Hughes’s mount had a lot to do approaching the last three furlongs, and when the jockey got serious the Danehill Dancer filly could only run on at the one pace behind the Aidan O’Brien trained Misty For Me.
The winner was always up with the pace in the hands of Seamus Heffernan and easily held the challenge of recent conqueror Laughing Lashes by a length, with Kissable a strong finishing third.
The surprise result caused confusion in the betting for next years 1000 Guineas with the layers’ finding it hard to choose a market leader.
Ladbrokes and Bet365, who are offering new customers free bets of up to £200, have pushed Memory out to a best price 12/1, behind yesterday’s Prestige Stakes winner Theyskens’ Theory, the new 10/1 favourite.
Misty For Me is also on the 10/1 mark with most firms, but Bet365 are a standout 16/1, a price that is unlikely to last very long.
French filly Exemplify is a general 12/1 after her recent debut success at Deauville for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, but once again Bet365 are a clear top price of 16/1.