Calyx has been pulled out of the 2000 Guineas.
This delivers more agony on to ante-post punters who made the 6/1 shot their most-backed horse of the last seven days.
With Too Darn Hot out of the frame, 25% of bets this week had been on John Gosden’s three-year-old, but the unbeaten Coventry winner will not be appearing at the venue where he won on debut last June.
An appearance at the Royal Ascot Trials Day now seems likely, with Teddy Grimthorpe stating that: “(Calyx) going straight to the 2000 Guineas after such a long layoff would be asking too much.”
The withdrawal hasn’t shaken up the front of the market too much currently, with Ten Sovereigns and Magna Grecia both vying for favouritism.
Ten Sovereigns is 4/1 best price for the big race, with Magna Grecia available at 9/2
The former has been the second most popular horse in the market this week, accounting for 13% of all bets.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “He was all the rage in the betting but Calyx will not be going straight into the 2000 Guineas after 11 months away. With withdrawals all over the place at the moment, expect the market to shift further as we get closer to next Saturday.”
Ten Sovereigns is 4/1 @Ladbrokes
Magna Grecia is 9/2 @Betfair