Two backs and one lay today and with very limited racing action going on, two of them are from Ludlow. But who does the Follow The Money crew like and who is worth taking on?
"Ridden by the trainer’s son, Joseph, this Gallileo colt is closely related to the likes of High Chaparral and Black Bear Island and the market support suggests that he (Father Of Science) may well be following in the footsteps of his illustrious relatives."
Today's movers come from the meetings at Ludlow and Navan.
We start at Ludlow and the day's negative which comes in the shape of Lucaindubai in the Novice Chase at 14:45 who has drifted from an early 2.186/5 out to 2.915/8. Making his debut over the larger obstacles, Evan Williams' charge is, admittedly, the highest rated of these over hurdles but has not been at his best recently (14th and beaten 32 lengths in the Imperial Cup). And whilst he been ok at handling soft ground, he has shown a definite preference for a sounder surface. With these factors in mind and at the price, Even Williams' charge is one to take on.
Over the water now to Navan where in the 16:00 it is no surprise to see, in a field of unraced 3 year olds, an Aidan O'Brien inmate - Father Of Science - cementing his place as jolly, shortening from 2.546/4 in to 1.910/11. Ridden by the trainer's son, Joseph, this Gallileo colt is closely related to the likes of High Chaparral and Black Bear Island and the market support suggests that he may well be following in the footsteps of his illustrious relatives.
Back to Ludlow for the 16.25 where Kilcrea Asla has been backed to win this handicap chase from 9.517/2 in to 5.85/1. Some might argue that it is foolhardy to put up a horse that hasn't won for more than three years but this 11 year old is recommended, as much as anything else, due to the fact that he is one of only a few in this race with some semblance of recent form. Only headed in the last 100 yards three runs ago at Wincanton, connections of Kilcrea Asla clearly then decided on a day out at Cheltenham as he finished well down the field in the Byrne Group Plate at a BSP of 153.18. Back to more appropriate company the gelding finished 4th of 15 last time and with a record of four placed efforts from five over this trip and off a mark just 1lb higher than when last successful (here over 3 miles) we have to expect a decent run for our money today.