Animal Kingdom: bookmakers reported "relentless" support for the US starPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Animal Kingdom 8-11 for Queen Anne Stakes
ANIMAL KINGDOM is 8-11 favourite and destined to shorten further in the betting for the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday after he completed his work and the challenge of two of his closest rivals melted away.
The Dubai World Cup hero completed his serious work with an uphill breeze over five furlongs on Wednesday morning with regular workmate Perpetually.
Later the same day the list of 15 runners declared for the Queen Anne did not include Most Improved and Giofra, who had featured among the four closes challengers to Animal Kingdom in the ante-post market.
“Everything went well,” reported trainer Graham Motion of the workout. “He seems like he’s pretty fit. It’s a one-mile gallop and a steady climb, especially the last few furlongs. It’s not like working around the track.”
Bookmakers took the view opposition looks thin with Coral and Paddy Power among those to cut Animal Kingdom to 8-11.
With the market for the St James’s Palace Stakes now springing to life on the back of the news Dawn Approach is set to run, Tuesday’s curtain-raiser looks set to provide the shortest-price favourite of the meeting for the second year running following Frankel’s 1-10 romp 12 months ago.
“Over the last 48 hours the support for Animal Kingdom has been relentless including several four-figure bets and it now looks certain that the Graham Motion-trained runner will emulate last year’s star, Frankel, by starting odds-on for the Queen Anne Stakes,” said Coral spokesman Simon Clare.
Ascot clerk of the course Chris Stickels said he planned to halt watering the track after receiving the latest weather forecast.
He said: "It's a mixture of good and good to firm. We've watered today, but won't be watering tomorrow. Though there is no significant rain forecast for the next 48 hours, heavy showers are possible towards the end of the weekend and we will review the updated forecasts tomorrow and on Friday before considering watering again."