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Derby winner Oath favourite for King George.

Derby winner Oath is the new 4-1 favourite for next month's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes following the news that his stablemate Royal Anthem is unlikely to run.

Oath was installed on the 6-1 mark alongside Daylami yesterday morning by Coral, the only firm betting on the race. But they cut him two points to make him outright favourite, while other market moves saw Sea Wave cut to 12-1 (from 16).

Royal Anthem, who had been pushed out to 5-1 for the Ascot feature after a surprise three-length defeat behind Fruits Of Love in the Hardwicke Stakes, has been taken out of the betting.

As reported in yesterday's Racing Post, trainer Henry Cecil now believes Royal Anthem's defeat came about because he does not truly stay a mile and a half.

And if Royal Anthem bypasses the King George then Oath, who represents the same connections, comes right into the equation.

Willie Carson, racing manager to owners the Thoroughbred Corporation, said yesterday: "Obviously, if Royal Anthem doesn't run at Ascot then we have the option of running Oath in the race."


Coral: 4 Oath, 6 Daylami, 7 Fruits Of Love, 8 Mutafaweq, 10 Croco Rouge, 10 Dark Moondancer, Silver Patriarch, 12 El Condor Pasa, High-Rise, Sea Wave, 14 Beat All, Ramruma, 16 bar.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 1999
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