The beauty of snapping up an early price on Saturday's big betting race was vividly illustrated by the out-of-step offer of 5-1 about Declaration Of War winning the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

Saturday's feature race is the first domestic Group 1 in Britain for older horses and it is hard to believe that on Monday afternoon William Hill went 5-1 about Declaration Of War landing the race on his first start in top company for Aidan O'Brien.

This was clearly an act of over-generosity, and those punters who took the 5-1 have now lbeen able to ay off that bet on a Lockinge favourite trading at 7-4, secure in the knowledge that they will not lose a penny of their stake on the race.

In the vacuum left by Frankel's retirement, O'Brien's charge looks the type to step in and stamp his mark on the top mile races in Britain and Europe. A winner of five of his six starts, he should be able to improve again and beat the twin challenge of Cityscape and Farhh. He looked ready to do himself justice when winning easily over this trip on his prep run at Leopardstown, and a big effort is expected.

Farhh had drifted to 5-1 in places, his odds doubling almost from their opening show, due in no part to his trainer's lack of winners this term and a perception that the five-year-old might well need the run on his seasonal bow. Godolphin's embattled racing manger, Simon Crisford, suggested through gritted teeth in an interview this week that the Godolphin team was on the road to recovery in the wake of the doping scandal that has engulfed the operation.

However, former stable jockey Frankie Dettori's assertion in a television interview that Godolphin had been ruined by the scandal cannot have improved the mood at a downbeat Goldolphin.

At more tempting odds, Aljamaaheer is surely too big at 20-1 and looks the best value in the thirteen-runner field. He needed the run when just touched off at Leicester last time, and if he puts it all together on the track - and a strong pace would help him do just that at Newbury - he could be a threat to the principals. His form does not entitle him to win a Lockinge but he might well improve enough to figure prominently.