The problem for many when considering horse bets for the event is that the high quality of horses on show means that it is often difficult to try and find some value in the odds offered by the high street bookmakers. With this in mind shrewd punters are increasingly looking towards the ante-post market as a source of value.
However, ante-post backers and horse betting punters need to be careful when lumping on given that much of the information that can be read in the daily sports columns turns out to be very misleading closer to racing and this can be very costly in the long-run.
This being said, there are usually some pointers that should be noted and there has been a groundswell of support in recent days for the chances of Red Duke in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day. The horse is already being prepared to run in the Breeders’ Cup meeting in the USA and this is being considered by connections as a potential run.
The John Quinn-trained juvenile finished a good second in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster over the weekend and is expected to improve for the run. The horse holds an entry for the Dewhurst but that is considered to but that maybe doubtful given his US appointment and a run on Arc day may just be ideal.
With this in mind there may well be some value in grabbing the ante-post odds as soon as they are available for Red Duke for the French trip and placing some horse bets, as they will almost certainly shorten in the coming weeks.