Racing: Sri 10-1 for Guineas

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THE most significant opinion after Sri Pekan's six- length success in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster yesterday was that of Michael Kinane, the colt's stand-in jockey. 'He's definitely the best two-year-old I've ridden this year,' the Irish champion said, prompting the bookmakers to adjust their odds for next year's 2,000 Guineas with indecent haste, writes Greg Wood.

Sri Pekan is now 10-1, from 25-1, with Ladbrokes for the Newmarket Classic, but fortunately the colt's owner, Sultan Ahmad Shah, took 33-1 with William Hill after the colt's victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. That knowledge should at least assure his supporters that the Guineas is his long-term target, while a sighter down the Rowley Mile in next month's Dewhurst Stakes also seems probable.

Any liabilities Hills hold after the Sultan's ante-post bet are more than made up for by the fact that Sri Pekan's victims yesterday included Alami, a hot favourite on the basis of two easy wins at Pontefract. There were no obvious excuses for the defeat of Tom Jones's runner, but it is possible that three races in little more than a month proved too much for him. He deserves one more chance.

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