Unbeatable Caviar forces bookies to get creative
Bookmakers in the UK have resorted to posting betting markets without Black Caviar to drum up some ante-post business on the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday week.
Now that she has safely arrived in Britain, the Australian champion has stifled all interest in betting on the race and is listed at well into odds-on. Black Caviar is as short as 1-3 with some bookmakers.
So bookies are taking bets on who wins the race for second, with the Roger Charlton-trained Bated Breath a 4-1 favourite to do so following his smart win at Haydock and the good French filly, Moonlight Cloud is a close second choice.
To stir up some business, bookies have also posted a market on the margin, making Black Caviar 4-1 to win by at least five lengths, and on whether she wins more easily than the other superstar, Frankel, who runs in the Queen Anne Stakes 35 minutes earlier. Black Caviar is 9-4 to win her race more easily than the colt.
Bated Breath, who ran a decent eighth in the last Hong Kong Sprint, is favourite in his own right at 9-2, however, for the King's Stand Stakes, ahead of another Australian mare in Alquoz Sprint winner, Ortensia at 6-1 and, at 7-1, Sole Power, who has been the runner-up to each of them lately.
Hong Kong's Little Bridge and Joy And Fun - who both beat Bated Breath and Sole Power home at Sha Tin in December - are also engaged in the King's Stand Stakes and are listed respectively at 12-1 and 14-1.
Yesterday's appeal by Andreas Suborics against his suspension and fine for careless riding aboard Free Judgment on May 27 at Sha Tin was thrown out by the appeal panel and the Austrian will take an early shower for the season.
Suborics was suspended for three days and fined HK$25,000 for the breach, and that suspension now takes effect on July 8, ruling him out of the final three fixtures.
He already has another suspension to serve for careless riding which will commence after next Wednesday's card and he returns after the July 1 Sha Tin card before his final night's riding again at the Valley (July 4).