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Paddy’s Punt: Gleneagles ante-post Guineas gamble means the Flat Classics aren’t far away

Aidan O'Brien and Ballydoyle hold all the aces as the start of the Flat turf season and the countdown to the Classics begins

by Paddy Power | March 26, 2015

With apologies to Lord Alfred Tennyson ‘In the Spring a young mans fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love and Flat racing’.

We’ve seen a significant move for the Aidan O’Brien-trained Gleneagles in the first Classic of the season the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2.

The positive noises coming out of Ballydoyle will be music to the ears of one Tipperary-based customer who had €100 at 25/1 on Gleneagles a couple of weeks before his Group 2 Futurity win at the Curragh last August.

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Subsequent wins at  the Curragh and Longchamp (even if the French stewards went all BBC-like and demoted him to third spot) saw him installed winter favourite for the 1m colts’ Classic for which he now trades at 3/1 fav.

The 1000 Guineas hasn’t lit up as much yet but a couple of shrewdies thought the 16/1 about Ballydoyle’s Found looked tasty for the first Fillies’ Classic on May 3 after after her winning debut over 1m at the Curragh.

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She beat 11/10 fav, stablemate and subsequent Newmarket Group 1 winner Together Forever that day and proved it was no fluke by following up with an impressive victory at Longchamp last October.

She now tops the betting at 3/1 for Newmarket and it’s obvious that her trainer holds her in high regard.

The Epsom Derby never fails to capture the imagination of ante-post punters. Those who like to play the Coolmore name game have been waiting 50 years to back John F Kennedy (below) for the June 6 showpiece.

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In the run up to his Leopardstown debut last July they backed their theory up with cold, hard cash at prices from 33/1 down to 20/1 for this year’s Classic. His subsequent 8/11f defeat by Hall of Fame at the Foxrock track that day was enough to see us push him back out to 33/1.

But the faithful wouldn’t be deterred and went in again.

His two wins since over a mile at the Curragh and a Group 3 back at Leopardstown have left backers of the 5/1 market leader as smug as Louis van Gaal with their ‘I told you so’ ante-post dockets.

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Ballydoyle’s Ol’ Man River was popular with punters who believe that money talks. Costing almost three million guineas this is one of the most expensive yearlings ever sold at auction.

He was backed at 25/1 for Epsom before his Group 2 Beresford romp where he beat Clonard Street and now sits behind his stablemate John F Kennedy at 8/1 in the betting.

One UK-based client has stuck him in a couple of doubles with two fillies in the Epsom Oaks.

If John F Kennedy wins the Derby and either stablemate Words or French trainer Andre Fabre’s Al Naamah taste Oaks’ glory – this guy is looking at a six-figure score and a gig on psychic tv.

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