Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Pontefract and Newmarket...
We start at Pontefract in the 14:55 1m Fillies' Nursery where Tadpole has been a big drifter, trading from a low of around 2.35/4 out to 3.412/5 before coming back in to 2.915/8. She comes in to this race after being awarded a win in a fillies maiden at Thirsk earlier this month following a Steward's Enquiry. She was involved in a real barging match that day and, although she battled on well to the line, the race may have taken a little out of her. She is also the least experienced filly in the race having had just the two runs and it may be that she struggles against some more experienced rivals, including the well supported Lady Moscou, backed from 8.07/1 in to 5.95/1, and Spring Dixie, who has been backed from 11.010/1 in to 5.85/1, and is having her first run in handicap company after three solid efforts in maidens.
Moving on to Newmarket for the 15:10 1m4f Handicap where Oasis Fantasy has seen steady support having been backed in from 6.05/1 to 4.84/1. Ed Dunlop's three-year-old colt has a very good record in 1m4f handicaps, including a win at Goodwood in June and two creditable efforts when second of 10 and fourth of 13 in valuable contests at Ascot and Goodwood respectively. He remains on the same mark as his latest effort and has the assistance of Ryan Moore which is an obvious positive. Today's task looks a shade easier than he has faced recently and his best form is on good or faster so he should be suited by today's going. With form danger Dance of Heroes unsteady in the market today looks like the ideal opportunity for Oasis Fantasy to turn his winning dreams in to reality.
Our final mover of the day comes in the 17:15 5f Handicap at Pontefract where punters have been rushing to back Omaha Gold backed in from an adjusted 14.77 to around 7.87/1. Bryan Smart's three-year-old made all to win a course and distance maiden this time last year but looked in need of the run on his re-appearance at Ripon last time after 10 months off the track. Clearly punters feel he will come on for that effort and if indeed he is sharp enough to take advantage he is well drawn in stall (2) for a horse who likes to race up with the pace. He is still relatively unexposed as a three-year-old taking on mostly older horses and, while he faces plenty of opposition, he still looks a tempting price in an open contest.
Lay Tadpole @ 2.915/8 in the 14:55 @ Pontefract
Back Oasis Fantasy @ 4.84/1 in the 15:10 @ Newmarket
Back Omaha Gold @ 7.87/1 in the 17:15 @ Pontefract