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Dubawi (right) winning Prix Jacques LeMarois

Dubawi (right) won Cashmans' first-season sire market in 2009


Cashmans cease laying first-season sire bets

CASHMANS will not offer a market on the leading first-season sire this year, after a parting of ways with PR director Joseph Burke, who compiled the odds for the event.

The market was introduced in 2004, marking a rare foray into bloodstock and breeding by the bookmaking fraternity. The winning sire was determined by the largest number of individual winners sired in a turf season.

A spokesman for Cashmans said yesterday: "We will not be offering first-season betting this year as Joseph has moved on."

Punters wishing to back up their faith in one of this year's freshman sires - a group which includes Araafa, Iffraaj, Holy Roman Emperor, Hurricane Run and Shirocco - may be provided for by Betfair, which launched its own first-seasonsire market in 2008.

The exchange's Tony Calvin said: "We will be looking to put up the market in the near future. It attracted some limited interest last year and I can see no reason why we would not run it again this year."

Last year's leading first-season sire by number of individual winners was Dubawi, who was rated a 6-1 chance when Cashmans first chalked up prices in March.




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