Today's Follow The Money comes from this afternoon's meetings at Catterick and Wolverhampton.
"Dandilion has been slightly frustrating lately, shaping well but just not getting her head in front, and this is a competitive race with plenty holding strong claims including Times in Anatefka and Swendab. This could prove to be another frustrating day."
We start with our back bet, which runs in the 14:40 at Catterick, a 2m3f Handicap Hurdle. The Rebecca Menzies-trained Tomkevi has come in for warm support overnight and has been backed from a high of 7.413/2 in to 3.953/1. The six-year-old won a similar race last year beating high-quality novice chaser Forest Bihan off a mark 7lbs higher than today's rating. Though seemingly out of sorts recently, Tomkevi offered more encouragement last time out when shaping well at Newcastle. That run will have left him spot-on for today's race and a repeat of last year's performance will see him go very close.
Our each-way selection comes in the 15:20 at Wolverhampton, a 1m1f Handicap. The Iain Jardine-trained Spes Nostra has come in for warm each-way support, moving from 13.012/1 mark to 9.89/1. The veteran nine-year-old won over this course and distance last year off a mark of 83 and runs today off a mark of 75. The drop back in trip is eye-catching, and coupled with the drop in weight, could bring about a much improved performance from the bottom weight.
Today's lay selection comes in the 16:50 at Wolverhampton, a 5f Handicap, where the Alex Hales-trained Dandilion has taken a walk in the market. Backed at a low of 2.3811/8, the daughter of Dandy Man is now currently available to back at 3.211/5. The four-year-old has been slightly frustrating lately, shaping well but just not getting her head in front, and this is a competitive race with plenty holding strong claims including Times in Anatefka and Swendab. This could prove to be another frustrating day for Dandilion and we recommend laying the filly at 3.211/5
Back Tomkevi @ 4.03/1 in the 14:40 at Catterick
Back Spes Nostra each way @ 9.89/1 in the 15:20 at Wolverhampton
Lay Dandilion @ 3.211/5 in the 16:50 at Wolverhampton
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