Bookmakers were swift to offer punters a refund on ante-post
bets after interpreting Connell's statement as a definite sign The Tullow Tank would not line up at the meeting.
There's no doubt some of the gas has come out of the balloon when it comes to Cheltenham's ante-post
betting, because punters have burnt their fingers in recent years," admits Ladbrokes' David Williams.
Ladbrokes' spokesman David Williams said: "It's a huge blow to connections, and ante-post
punters who were expecting a big run from Age of Aquarius.
TonyMartin's Psycho, prominent in the ante-post
markets for the Coral Cup, currently sits 5lb out of the weights in the two-mile-five-furlong handicap.
However, I must confess to having had my first ante-post
play after the victory of Sweet Wake, trained by Noel Meade, at Leopardstown on Tuesday.
At Epsom, the daughter of Peintre Celebre had the ante-post
favourite Doyen just ahead of her in second.
This is the most extraordinary ante-post
plunge of the Flat season so far, though we will find out
Forget Arsenal, the other ante-post
bet shaping up very nicely now is AC Milan for the Champions League.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: 'We will refund stakes to punters who have placed ante-post
bets on horses withdrawn from races at the Cheltenham Festival at the five-day declaration stage, irrespective of the reason.
I would not recommend anybody backing him ante-post
at the moment unless they can back him with a run," said Clarke.
Within days the first of the Cheltenham preview nights roll into town and within a fortnight or so bookmakers will slash most of their ante-post
prices in the name of NRNB.
He said: "Camelot was a loser ante-post
, he was a massive loser on the day, and with thousands of customers doubling him up with St Nicholas Abbey (Coronation Cup winner), this year's Derby has left Coral nursing a sizeable seven-figure hangover.