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punters think it through

Betting on Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe endured some strange patterns on Monday evening but the market returned to normal yesterday.

After being as big as 10/1 on Betfair on Monday, and the reason behind Paddy Power temporarily suspending betting on the race, So You Think remains the second favourite for the race and seemingly on course for the autumn highlight.

Indeed, Aidan O'Brien's Australian import could even be head of the betting for the race by the weekend, according to David Williams of Ladbrokes.

Williams said: "The recent market jitters for So You Think seem to have been over exaggerated.

"He's been the hottest Arc horse of the day and is closing in on Sarafina at the head of the betting."

Last year's winner, Workforce, was one of 19 horses to stand their ground at the latest forfeit stage for Sunday's showpiece as there were no real surprise defectors.


O'Brien's search for another win in the race will lie with So You Think and St Nicholas Abbey, although Treasure Beach, Seville, Wonder Of Wonders and Regent Street are all still engaged.

Ed Dunlop's Snow Fairy has been popular among punters this week and is likely to be ridden by Frankie Dettori, although Godolphin do have Casamento in the race.

However, Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, admitted: "Casamento is not an intended runner in Paris."

The John Gosden-trained Nathaniel, who won this season's King George at Ascot, would have to be supplemented by tomorrow if he is due to run, but that will cost €100,000 and he is more than 40/1 on Betfair.