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Black Caviar Hot Favourite For Royal Ascot Debut
Following the "25-1 shock" victory by 6YO gelding Tiddliwinks (Piccolo-Card Games, by First Trump) in Wednesday's UK Gr2 Duke Of York Stakes (6 furlongs), the feature sprint on the opening day of the historic Dante meeting at York, racingpost.com declared: "With no runner looking to emerge as a serious challenger to Black Caviar in the Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs on June 23), BoyleSports shortened the Aussie ace to 4-9 favourite (from 4-6) for Royal Ascot." Among 7 leading UK bookmakers currently offering early markets on the Golden Jubilee Stakes, Black Caviar varies from 8-13 (SportingBet) to 8-15 (BetVictor) to 1-2 (Paddy Power & SkyBet) to 4-9 (BoyleSports & Bet365) to "no quote" (William Hill, while offering 12-1 to 100-1 any other runner). None of the bookies have any other runner under double figures, with the next best Krypton Factor (varying from 10-1 to 14-1), Bated Breath (10-1 to 16-1), Society Rock (10-1 to 16-1), Hoof It (12-1 to 16-1) & Moonlight Cloud (14-1 to 20-1). Meanwhile the other Australian contenders quoted are: Foxwedge (12-1 to 33-1), Sepoy (16-1 to 25-1), Temple Of Boom (20-1 to 25-1), Ortensia (20-1 to 33-1) & Helmet (33-1 to 50-1).