Danleigh has been one of the best backed runners for the 2011 George Ryder Stakes which will be run as race six on Golden Slipper Day.
The Chris Waller trained seven year old has found his best from recently, highlighted by a dominant win in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm.
Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan confirmed that punters had settled on the proven Group 1 performer in what was a very open race.
“Danleigh has been backed from $11.00 to $9.00 with a series of big bets making him our worst result by a long way,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan said that there had been money for a number of other runners, but none to the extent of Danleigh.
Danleigh will be looking for back to back wins in the Group 1 weight for age George Ryder Stakes.
Even Chris Waller, who has three runners in the race is leaning towards Danleigh.
“To put it simply, this is Danleigh’s race – Triple Elegance is in a fortnight (Doncaster) and Rangirangdoo is still two runs away from his best,” said Waller.
Although Triple Elegance has been racing in red hot form, and is more favoured by punters ($7.00), Waller still believes his four time Group 1 winner is the pick of his horses in the race.
This is despite Triple Elegance getting the better of Danleigh in a recent barrier trial by eight lengths.
“Triple Elegance ran very slick time over 1000m, but that’s him,” Waller said.
“He is a horse that puts everything into this gallops whereas Danleigh is just a cool customer who only does what he has to. I was just as happy with Danleigh’s trial form as I was with Triple Elegance,” said Waller.
Chris Waller also trains Rangirangdoo but coneeded the horse was still a couple of runs away from his best.
Danleigh will again be ridden by Hugh Bowman while Jim Cassidy has the ride on Triple Elegance. Corey Brown will partner Rangirangdoo.