Published: 12:12 21/08/2012
Sir Henry Cecil's unbeaten four-year-old Frankel has been eased in the Juddmonte International betting by BetVictor and Coral after the final declarations were made on Monday.
Frankel faces eight rivals for his 10 furlong debut in the £725,000 Group 1 race which is the highlight of York’s Ebor Festival this week.
The aforementioned bookies have eased the world's top-rated thoroughbred from 1/10 to 1/8 ahead of the Galileo colt’s step into the unknown. Cecil’s champion has dominated the mile division but is hardly a betting proposition trying the longer trip, even at the top industry price of 1/7 with Paddy Power.
His trainer has entered regular lead horse Bullet Train and 2011 Juddmonte International winner Twice Over. Tom Quealy sticks with Frankel while Ian Mongan teams up again with the seven-year-old Twice Over who is rated 18/1 with bet365 to repeat last year's triumph.
Four-time Group 1 winner St Nicholas Abbey is 11/2 second favourite with Ladbrokes and heads a team of three from Ballydoyle. Aidan O'Brien's Coronation Cup hero drops back from a mile-and-a-half and will line up with inmates Windsor Palace and Robin Hood who are outsiders in the nine-horse field.
Godolphin's Farrh chased home Frankel last time and is 12/1 with bet365 to reverse the Goodwood form. However, trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has warned the son of Pivotal will only run if the ground is suitable. Clerk of the course, William Derby is expecting quick ground on Wednesday but there is a chance that thundery showers might ease the going before the runners go to post.
Marco Botti’s Planteur (33/1 Paddy Power) and the Roger Varian-trained Sri Putra (50/1 bet365) complete the line-up with Coral-Eclipse winner Nathaniel the only horse to have been taken out.
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