Follow The Money: Dark Defender is a danger at Ayr

Follow The Money have two Friday bets at Ayr
Follow The Money have two Friday bets at Ayr

Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Newbury and Ayr.

Recommended Bets
Lay Not Never @ 3.55 in the 14:45 Newbury
Back Arctic Feeling @ 8.615/2 in the 15:05 Ayr
Back Each Way Dark Defender @ 11.521/2 in the 16:15 Ayr

Overnight rain has seen a deluge of non-runners at Newbury and perhaps the hardest hit race has been the 14:45 1m4f Handicap where the field is now down to five runners from the original 13. However, this has left a very competitive market with three runners vying for favouritism. The weakest of the three seems to be the Ryan Moore mount Not Never having traded as low as 2.56/4 is now out to 3.55. The Hugo Palmer trained gelding returns from an 11 month lay-off after being well beaten on his last start at Newmarket and the market is usually a good guide to his chances. They seem to be looking elsewhere on this heavy ground, especially towards the Pat Phelan trained Leah Freya who has now dropped to a good mark. We are noting the market unrest and offering Not Never as today's lay bet.

Over to Ayr for the 5f Handicap at 15:05. The Richard Fahey trained Arctic Feeling loves this track and is now 7lb lower than his last win at Beverley back in April on soft ground. A return to this form in what is a weaker grade race than he usually contests would have him as a big player here. His price has strengthened from 18.21 in to 8.615/2 and looking likely to start favourite. We can't ignore this show of support so Arctic Feeling is our back of the day.

Staying at Ayr for the 16:15 6f Handicap where course and distance winner Dark Defender has been supported from 15.5 in to 11.521/2 making him an attractive each way proposition. Although he carries a 5lb penalty for his win at York 12 days ago, he still remains a danger. He will love the ground and with Jim Crowley partnering him again today this Keith Dalgleish trained three-year-old has to be worth an each way consideration.

Recommended Bets
Lay Not Never @ 3.55 in the 14:45 Newbury
Back Arctic Feeling @ 8.615/2 in the 15:05 Ayr
Back Each Way Dark Defender @ 11.521/2 in the 16:15 Ayr

Follow The Money August P/L

Staked: 93pts

Returned: 97pts

Profit: 4.24pts

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