Euros Adjust Odds After Post Draws
by Dan Liebman
Date Posted: 10/22/2003 2:55:01 PM
Last Updated: 10/23/2003 1:33:52 PM

The English bookmaking operations were busy updating their odds Wednesday morning after the post-position draw was held for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita.

In particular, the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) draws of Europeans Oasis Dream and Six Perfections were seen as unfavorable by those who set the odds for the shops in England.

David Hood of William Hill said he was raising both horses from 4-1 to 6-1.

"Oasis Dream is a sprinter being trained to stretch out and he will be very keen to go," Hood said of the colt after he drew the 10 hole. Six Perfections drew even worse, post 13.

"It will make it awfully tough. I'm very disappointed with her draw. It was very unkind to her," Hood said.

William Hill began taking bets on the Turf (gr. IT) and Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) about six weeks ago. Hood, however, said the majority of wagers will be made on race day.

"The timing with the races in California is very good for us," Hood said. "The first post in England will be 6:20 p.m., and all other afternoon sports at home will be finished by then."

Hood said William Hill's biggest exposure is on Storming Home in the Breeders' Cup Turf. "We started him at 5-1 and we took a lot of money," Hood said. "People saw how much improvement he made in America."

With better televised racing from the U.S., Hood said, "the awareness of U.S. racing in Great Britain is greater than it has ever been."

Hood said the prices would rise just a bit on both 2-year-old favorites after Cuvee drew post 12 and Halfbridled the outside (14) for the Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I), respectively.

William Hill had both 2-year-olds at even money and said they would at least rise to 5-4, possibly a notch higher.

"Certainly those draws will have an effect on them," Hood said.

Hood said he was pleased with the draw of Islington, who will break from the four spot in the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), and Falbrav, who got the eight in the Turf.

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