Racing: Lodge stakes claim

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The Independent Online
THE JUMBLE of betting for the 1994 2,000 Guineas took another stir yesterday when the ante-post favourite, Colonel Collins, was beaten into second place in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket. The winner, William Jarvis's Grand Lodge, is the new Guineas favourite at 16-1 with Ladbrokes and 20-1 with William Hill. Colonel Collins, who was conceding 4lb, has been pushed out to 25-1.

John Reid, the rider of the runner-up, reported that his mount showed no spark at all. Pat Eddery, the winning jockey, was able to file a much more pleasing report, and told Jarvis that others in the field were only just going fast enough to give Grand Lodge a lead. The chestnut colt, who was surprisingly defeated in York's Acomb Stakes, may now be supplemented for the Dewhurst Stakes in two weeks' time.

'He's the best horse I've ever had so his defeat last time came as a real shock,' Jarvis said. 'But, after York, we found his blood was wrong.'