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More support arrives for Paddington ahead of Coral-Eclipse

Last updated: 07 Jul 2023
Jon Vine 07 Jul 2023
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  • Betting news ahead of the 2023 Coral-Eclipse
  • Paddington faces Emily Upjohn, Dubai Honour and West Wind Blows at Sandown on Saturday
  • Ladbrokes has been forced to cut Paddington into Evens
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Ryan Moore riding Paddington (L, orange/blue) win The St James's Palace Stakes on day one during Royal Ascot 2023. (Getty)

Ladbrokes has cut Paddington into even-money for Saturday's Coral-Eclipse, as money continues to pour in for Aidan O'Brien's raider.

Having started the season running in a handicap off a mark of 97, Paddington has enjoyed a meteoric rise to supremacy. Aidan O'Brien's colt went on to win the Listed Tetrarch Stakes, the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh and the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, comfortably defeating British 2000 Guineas winner Chaldean.

When the Coral-Eclipse betting opened, Paddington could have been backed at 7/1. However, once it became clear that Coolmore had set their sights on Sandown, Paddington has been hammered into favourite, with Ladbrokes again clipping the favourite's price this morning.

"Although down to four runners, the Coral-Eclipse looks a really intriguing contest." said Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes.

"Perhaps if Frankie Dettori was on board Emily Upjohn, the market would look different, but for now, punters are very much team Paddington."

Former ante-post favourite, Emily Upjohn remains fairly solid at 5/4 with Ladbrokes. Dubai Honour is a 10/1 shot, with West Wind Blows bringing up the market at 22/1.

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