RACING'S FUTURES MARKET

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The bookmakers' ante-post lists are racing's futures market. Readers can catch up with the latest developments - best prices are in bold - in this sphere with The Independent's Tuesday service.

The Irish challenger Gordi has been backed from 12-1 down to as short as 6-1 for Saturday's St Leger. Shantou has been backed from 12-1 to 8- 1 for the Doncaster Classic.

Options Open is 10-1 from 14-1 for the Ayr Gold Cup with Ladbrokes after his York win last week. In the same race, Cyrano's Lad is 12-1 from 25- 1 with the same firm. Coastal Bluff is now 6-1 favourite from 7-1.

Canon Can, who the offical handicapper admits is potentially thrown in at the weights for the Cesarewitch Handicap following his success in a four-runner stakes race at Pontefract, is now 4-1 favourite with William Hill and has been backed from 8-1 to 5-1 for the race with Ladbrokes.

Further down the Cesarewitch list, the former winner Trainglot is 33- 1 with Coral. All the other firms go 16-1 about the Jimmy FitzGerald-trained stayer.

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