Cecil's Classic Hand Strengthens As Bookmakers Cut Bullet Train's Odds

With the continuing confusion over Aidan O'Brien's running plans, confidence is growing for Henry Cecil's Derby entry, Bullet Train. The Lingfield Derby Trial winner's betting odds were cut to 8/1 yesterday by most bookies. Coral still advertised the horse at 10/1 on their website this morning and this could prove a popular tip on betting sites today. The Khalid Abdulla owned colt will be ridden by Tom Quealy who is looking to win the Classic at his first attempt to add to his remarkable five Group 1 winners last season. Victory would give Cecil his fifth Derby success and he also has a strong hand in Friday's Oaks, saddling favourite Aviate and Timepiece. Cecil's fortunes have dipped badly since the 10 time Champion trainer last won the Championship in 1993. A winner in either Classic next weekend will put him pole position once again and crown a brave comeback in the face of his ongoing battle with health problems. While Cecil is renowned for his successes in the filly's Classic with eight career victories in the event, this year's race is very competitive. Yesterday saw a big gamble on Sajjhaa who's odds were halved from 16/1 to 8/1. The Michael Jarvis trained filly has only raced once winning her maiden at Sandown recently. But following news that she remained among the 17 entries for Friday's Oaks at the five-day stage her price shortened dramatically. Sky Bet were offering odds of 9/1 for Sajjhaa this morning.

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