A market meltdown ensued after confusion surrounding the superstar horse Constitution Hill, leading punters to profit ahead of his scheduled return. The best jumps horse in training experienced a shocking drift in the sportsbooks and on the Betfair Exchange for Saturday's rearranged Fighting Fifth.
Fears of Cancellation
Concerns arose that Constitution Hill would be withdrawn from the Sandown Grade 1 race due to the forecast of more rain and heavier ground.
Punters Seize the Opportunity
Amidst the chaos, some punters managed to secure significantly higher odds of around 3-1 for the unbeaten superstar before his odds were cut back to 4-9 and lower.
Momentary Withdrawal Scare
There was a brief moment when it seemed Constitution Hill would be pulled from the race, leaving stablemate Shishkin as trainer Nicky Henderson's sole representative.
As confusion mounted, Nicky Henderson confirmed to the Racing Post that he still planned to run Constitution Hill, stating that he was in great form and that he was monitoring the weather conditions closely. Owner Michael Buckley also expressed intentions to run, but emphasized the need for favorable ground conditions.
Constitution Hill's rivals, particularly Love Envoi and You Wear It Well, saw their odds shorten as his price drifted. However, it appears that the market has now corrected itself ahead of the declarations tomorrow morning.
Fastest Fingers Reap the Rewards
Punters who acted swiftly were the ones who profited from the situation. If Constitution Hill does run, they stand to benefit from a significantly higher payout compared to those who bet on him later.
Fighting Fifth Odds
3-10 Constitution Hill
3 Love Envoi
7-2 You Wear It Well
7-1 Irish Point
25-1 Not So Sleepy
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