18th April, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
The ante-post gamble on Qipco 2000 Guineas fancy Most Improved has gained further momentum with the news that the Brian Meehan-trained colt will be partnered by Keiren Fallon in the big Newmarket event on May 5, writes Elliot Slater.
Fallon last won the first colts’ classic of the season on board Aidan O’Brien’s fine miler George Washington back in 2006, and after partnering the Iraj Parvizi-owned son of Lawman in a gallop at Manton recently the former champion jockey expressed himself very impressed and was more than happy to accept the ride when it became clear that Frankie Dettori – who rode the heavily supported three-year-old on his final outing of last term when a close third in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes – is almost certainly going to be required to partner one of the Godolphin contenders for the big race.
Most Improved began to attract support among horse racing betting tips and betting markets for the Rowley Mile contest late last month when he was still available to back at 20/1.
But after a sustained attack on the Horse racing betting markets bookies he is now a top-priced 9/2 second-favourite behind Ballydoyle’s unbeaten Racing Post Trophy winner, Camelot (5/2). Reports from Manton in recent weeks have increasingly suggested that Meehan is particularly pleased with the way his charge has done from two to three years and that all concerned with the live classic contender are expecting a very bold show from the horse at Newmarket.
Beaten in the very last stride by Kinglet on his racecourse bow at Newmarket in August, Most Improved then went on to slam Welcome Gift by five-lengths on a return visit to HQ three weeks later to break his maiden, before stepping immediately up into the highest grade where he ran a blinder in failing by just three-quarters-of-a-length to catch Parish Hall in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October.