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Sky Bet Betting Blog Posted 6th October 2010 view comments

Phil Taylor cut to 4/9 in World Grand Prix betting

Sky Bet have cut Phil Taylor to 4/9 (from 1/2) to claim his tenth World Grand Prix title following his whitewash of Brendan Dolan at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

Taylor, who averaged 102.68 in his first round match, is 14/1 to hit a perfect nine-darter in the tournament and 7/1 to record a maximum 170 finish.

Can anybody stop the Power from claiming his 10th title?

Can anybody stop the Power from claiming his 10th title?

After coming from one set down to claim victory over Ronnie Baxter, Gary Anderson is now 16/1 (from 22/1) to claim his first World Grand Prix title whilst Terry Jenkins, who eased pass Vincent van der Voort, is 25/1 (from 33/1).

Sky Bet's Tim Reynolds said: "Taylor was flawless in his first round match and didn't even give Dolan a chance at a double finish. It's going to take a massive performance to stop Taylor from claiming his tenth title."

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Graeme McDowell cut to 13/8 in BBC Sports Personality Of The Year betting

Sky Bet have cut Graeme McDowell's odds to 13/8 (from 16/1) to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year after the US Open Champion overcame Hunter Mahan in the last of the 12 singles matches to hand Europe the Ryder Cup by a single point.

Tony McCoy, who won his first ever Grand National this year after 14 years of trying, is now out to 2/1 (from 13/8) and Britain's poster girl of athletics Jessica Ennis is 9/1 (5/1).

Fifteen-time world darts champion Phil Taylor, who is currently in the process of vying for his tenth World Grand Prix title in Ireland, is now 14/1 (from 7/1).

Sky Bet's Tim Reynolds said: "McDowell's heroics at the Ryder Cup has really caught the public's eye and he fully deserves favouritism in the market."

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Stoute looks to Workforce to produce the goods again

Sir Michael Stoute, who ended his long wait for Arc glory with Workforce at Longchamp on Sunday, has high hopes for close relation Sea Moon to emerge as decent prospect for the yard next year.

The unraced juvenile colt is high up the pecking order at Freemason Lodge and is one to watch out for in a backend maiden over the next two or three weeks after showing up well in his work with previous winners at home.

Audacious was unlucky not to be placed for the yard behind more conservatively ridden rivals at Doncaster last time having shown bright speed to take it up two out in a maiden won by Picture Editor.

Ryan Moore quickly accepted the situation thinking of another day, much to the cost of each-way backers who had made the Motivator colt a gambled-on major market rival to the warm favourite.

Compensation awaits in a Nottingham maiden on Wednesday, but a confidence boosting success for the Queen's colt is unlikely to reward those backers on last time out in fourth at a double figure price.

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Another Flight of fancy from Hills?

Barry Hills's new biography Frankincense and More is top of my Christmas wish list and is sure to include a chapter on one of the trainer's favourite horses, Further Flight.

The grey won 24 of 70 races including the Goodwood Cup twice in the early 90s and a record five consecutive Jockey Club Cups at Newmarket between 1991 and 1995.

Finding a replacement for one of the true great stayers of recent years was never going to be easy and the Marksman had to ask Hills to repeat himself when he told me at HQ he may just have the horse to do so.

Sharaayeen is a strong galloper who the trainer hopes could develop into a Chester Cup horse next year and the unexposed three-year-old put up a career best effort to chase home Lethal Glaze in the 12-furlong handicap.

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Maiden a formality for Gosden's Aneeda

Although the Cambridgeshire gamble on Nationalism backfired when the favourite was handed a low draw, it was not all doom and gloom at the meeting for the John Gosden stable.

Aneedah took a step forward in the Timeform Fillies' Million and is one to look out for back in maiden company before the season ends as she stayed on well to finish fourth behind Masaya.

Doing her best work in the closing stages, she ran a blinder set such a stiff task against useful rivals on just her second outing and there was a good word for her on course after some encouraging work at home.

On her previous start in a Salisbury maiden, she had work to do to overcome a coffin box draw in stall 1 and did well in the circumstances to finish second in a finish dominated by the high numbers.

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Exciting crop of juvenile colts raises fears over Frankel fever

Looking back on last week, those clutching ante-post Classic vouchers on the unbeaten Royal Lodge winner Frankel were given plenty of food for thought ahead of his next appearance in the Dewhurst.

He will meet Godolphin's Saamidd, who booked his place in the juvenile race of the season in two weeks' time when pleasing Saeed bin Suroor in a racecourse gallop on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket last week.

However, the best juvenile performance of the meeting was produced by Dream Ahead when he spread-eagled his Group 1 field by nine lengths despite veering across the track under William Buick in the Middle Park.

Of equal if not greater substance than Frankel's Ascot romp, the Diktat colt displayed an exaggerated high knee action and I have my doubts whether he will be as effective on a quicker surface.

David Simcock admitted as much by stating he would miss a mouth-watering clash with Frankel in the Dewhurst if the ground rode quicker than good and it also has to be a concern the way he hung across the track.

Over in France, the unbeaten Wootton Bassett made all in the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere to make a Group 1 winning debut and he enters the 2,000 Guineas picture as he clocked a fast time at Longchamp.

However, He has been aggressively campaigned in five starts at two by Richard Fahey and I wonder if his progress will level out next year with more scopey individuals able to improve past him.

Add another unbeaten colt into the mix, though, with Jessie Harrington's Pathfork and the juvenile colts' division makes current odds of 2/1 on Frankel for next year's 2,000 Guineas look very skinny.

It could be time to lay off on Frankel as the Marksman advised Henry Cecil's potential superstar at double figure odds giving us the option of getting out now with a free bet on next year's 2,000 Guineas.

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