Paddy Power have cut leading Derby hope Telescope into 6/4 for next Thursday's Dante Stakes at York, after the opening the colt up initially at 5/2.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt was among a 15-strong entry for next Thursday's Classic trial on the Knavesmire, which is a race his handler has won six times, including with his two most recent Derby winners, Workforce and North Light.
had originally priced up 5/2 on the son of Galileo but "with punters just wanting the one horse" they were forced into evasive action, and are now quoting him at 6/4, although 7/4 is still on offer at Coral.
The colt is owned by the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Syndicate, who have the retiring Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as one of their members, and their racing manager Harry Herbert said:
"He's been working very well and it's time to see what we have got and whether he is a Derby horse or not."
Also entered is Windhoek, who has won twice already this season, including in the Tattersalls Millions 3yo Trophy at Newmarket, with the colt he beat into third there, Ghurair, another possible.
Ghurair's trainer John Gosden, who won this race with Benny The Dip in 1997 en route to Epsom glory, said:
“The plan is to run in the Dante. I feel it's the right race over the right distance for him. He's well and I was pleased with his performance at Newmarket. The entry looks good but I'm hopeful Ghurair can go well.”
Latest Dante Stakes betting (Paddy Power
): 6/4 Telescope, 4/1 Windhoek, Indian Chief, 5/1 Greatwood, 6/1 Trading Leather, 7/1 Mars, Secret Number, Ghurair, 20/1 bar, Each-way 1/5 odds, 1.2.3.