Punters plunge on O'Grady's Capellanus in MCR hurdle
TOTE IRELAND are sponsoring four of Sunday's seven races at Leopardstown to mark their launch of a new 'Pick Six' bet, which mirrors the existing Jackpot wager so popular in Britain, where co-mingling is expected to be available from next month.
The Tote in this country will be promoting the novel wager in future, both at one Sunday fixture here every week and during the major festivals such as those at Punchestown and in Galway, with the distinct possibility of substantial rollovers materialising.
"We are offering a guaranteed pool of €20,000 for the start of the Tote Pick Six at Sunday's meeting and we hope this will be popular both with our Irish clients and in Britain, where their Sunday cards are generally poor enough," explained the Tote's marketing chief Dryden Geary.
"By early next month, probably in time for Leopardstown's Hennessy Gold Cup meeting, co-mingling with our British counterparts should be available to boost the pools."
Meanwhile, ante-post betting on the featured MCR Handicap Hurdle, won by Puyol a year ago for the late owner-trainer John Mulhern, was enlivened yesterday by a plunge with the leading firms on the Edward O'Grady-trained Capellanus.
Capellanus was halved in price to 8/1 with Paddy Power and also contracted from 20/1 to 10/1 with William Hill, who held Noel Meade's Prima Vista as 5/1 favourite ahead of New Phase and Tijuana Dancer.
The latter and Capellanus were second and fourth to Prima Vista over the course and distance after Christmas, after which Meade's charge was penalised 15lb.
These layers also reported interest ahead of the €100,000 event in the David Marnane-trained Some Slam, in from 33/1 to 16/1 with Powers and on offer at 20/1 last evening with William Hill, who originally priced up the gelding at 33/1 as well.