Goodwood: Mile woe for bookies as gamble Franklin D wins

Franklin D (Ryan Moore) wins the Betfred Mile

Franklin D (Ryan Moore) powers through on the inside in the Betfred Mile

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 By Tony McFadden 3:11PM 29 JUL 2016 

Report: Glorious Goodwood, Friday

Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap) 1m, 3yo+

BOOKMAKERS were left cursing after heavily-punted 7-4 favourite Franklin D narrowly denied the late charge of 20-1 Master The World to win the Betfred Mile.

Franklin D, who was 10lb well-in under a 3lb penalty picked up for a wide-margin win at Newmarket after the weights had been released, was available at 3-1 with most bookmakers on Friday morning and was even 4-1 with the race sponsors.

Andrew Griffiths of Betfred said: “We stuck our head well above the parapet by offering a standout 4-1 this morning – it’s been well and truly blown to smithereens.”

To add to the bookmakers’ misery, Franklin D was the third consecutive winning favourite on the card, following wins for Kings Fete (5-2f) and Thikriyaat (9-4f).

How the race was won

Franklin D had the advantage of breaking from stall 1 – at a course where low-drawn horses are favoured – and Ryan Moore was keen to bag a prominent early position.

Favourite backers would have been anxious on the approach to the final furlong, however, as Moore, positioned just behind the leader, was locked away and looking for a gap.

When the split came Franklin D quickened to the front and looked sure to win in good style, but it proved to be a long final furlong for his supporters as he tired and was all out to resist Master The World’s late charge.

“I just had to wait for it to happen,” Moore said. “I was in front but they were five or six deep early on and I had to take a sit. I probably burnt a bit of fuel early on and when the gap came I thought he was going to win very well, but he got tired.”

Donncha finished two lengths behind the principals in third at 10-1, while Belgian Bill was fourth at the same price.

Big-race Bell

Following Big Orange’s Goodwood Cup win on Thursday, Franklin D’s victory meant that for the second day in a row the feature betting race at Goodwood was won by a horse sporting the colours of Bill Gredley and trained by Michael Bell.

“He’s got a few little issues but we’ve got the medication on top of that now,” Bell said. “He’s very well bred and he’s a beautiful horse. At long last he’s fulfilling his potential.”

Bookmakers bloodied

Bookmakers did not share Bell’s delight about Franklin D fulfilling his potential, with one firm claiming to have lost seven figures on Bell’s triumphant duo.

Paul Binfield of Paddy Power said: “The same connections squeezed the bookies with Big Orange on Thursday and Franklin D has presided over further humiliation for the layers in what was a truly shocking result.”

Griffiths of Betfred added: “Big Orange was anything but a sweet result for the layers yesterday, but it pales in comparison to the damage inflicted by Franklin D.”

Jon Ivan-Duke, spokesman for William Hill, said: “We’ll be scratching Michael Bell off the Christmas card list now. Big Orange and Franklin D have cost us a seven figure sum and there is nothing ‘Glorious’ about this year’s Goodwood Festival for bookmakers.”

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