Today's Follow The Money comes from this afternoons cards at Doncaster and Ascot...
We're going to start the day with a back in the 13:45 at Doncaster, where Royal Connoisseur has been supported from 15.5 in to 10.09/1. A dual winner over 6f, this four year old put in a game effort when running off of a mark of 77 last time out when finishing sixth at Catterick, beaten by just over two lengths. Since that run he has enjoyed a seasonal break from the track and the decision to take the step up in trip to 7f today could prove decisive. Trainer Richard Fahey is a man in form, boasting an impressive 26% strike rate in the last two weeks, and all signs point to a strong showing from Royal Connoisseur, with the ground holding no issues.
Next up is our lay where Puffin Billy has been friendless in the market, drifting from 3.052/1 out to 3.55/2, in the 14:30 at Ascot. This seven year old has experienced the highs and lows of this course, claiming victory twice but taking a heavy tumble when last seen here in December. A winner last time out in a lesser contest at Leicester, the Oliver Sherwood-trained charge looks to have an uphill battle to claim another victory off of today's mark. Thomas Crapper is 8lb better off than his market rival and only found one to beat him in a handicap last time out at Cheltenham when running a huge race. With Puffin Billy's jumping in question and with strong opposition he looks worth taking on.
Staying at Ascot for our last back, Turn Over Sivola, who runs in the 15:40. The early price of 7.87/1 has been snapped up and he is now trading at 5.59/2. Last seen in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham when perhaps a touch unfortunate not to finish closer to the frame when fifth after making a mistake four from home. Nonetheless that was a solid run and he looks slightly better treated in this handicap than some of his rivals here today. Alan King's stable is in good form with four winners from 25 runners in the last fortnight and this looks a good opportunity for Turn Over Sivola to get back to winning ways.
Back Royal Connoisseur @ 10.09/1 in the 13:45 at Doncaster
Lay Puffin Billy @ 3.55/2 in the 14:30 at Ascot
Back Turn Over Sivola @ 5.59/2 in the 15:40 at Ascot