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Lucy Rhodes 28th Apr 2011 - 11:46

Frankie or Frankel? 2000 Guineas betting

Long-time Antepost fancy Frankel will face 12 rivals in Newmarket's Qipco 2000 Guineas, the Henry Cecil-trained supercolt available at 8-15 with Willliam Hill to extend his unbeaten record at the highest level.

However the bookies have seen early-morning support for Godolphin representative Casamento, now available at 12-1 from 16-1 since it was confirmed Frankie Dettori will partner the Racing Post Chase winner in HQ's highlight.

Other leading contenders for the season's opening Classic include Jessica Harrington's Pathfork (5-1), sole Ballydoyle entrant Roderic O'Connor (8-1), and Craven Stakes victor Native Khan (14-1).

Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said, 'The betting public clearly see Frankel as unbeatable, however with him likely to go off as the shortest 2000 Guineas favourite seen in a long time, they'll be looking away from the prohibitive odds of the market leader, and in siding with Casamento, perhaps Frankie could be their alternative to Frankel?'

Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes: 8-15 Frankel, 5-1 Pathfork, 8-1 Roderic O'Connor, 12-1 Casamento, 14-1 Native Khan, 16-1 Fury, 28-1 Saamidd, 40-1 Dubawi Gold, 66-1 Loving Spirit, Rerouted, Broox, Happy Today, 200-1 Slim Shadey (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (betting without Frankel): 5-2 Pathfork, 7-2 Roderic OConnor, 9-2 Casamento, 5-1 Native Khan, 7 Fury, 14-1 Saamidd, 16-1 Dubawi Gold, 20-1 Loving Spirit, 33-1 Rerouted, 40-1 Happy Today, 50-1 Broox, 66-1 Slim Shadey (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

Frankel Industry Starting Price: 4-9 or shorter - 9-4, 4-7 to 40-85 inclusive - even-money, 8-13 or bigger - 9-4

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