Follow The Money: No victory for Victoire at Goodwood today

Two of today's wagers run at Goodwood
Two of today's wagers run at Goodwood

Today's Follow The Money focuses on the meetings at Epsom and Goodwood.

Oriental Fox has been plying his trade predominantly in Group Company for a long time now, and has loads of big efforts on his CV. He has been fifth in a Gold Cup, second in a Cesarewitch and a winner at Royal Ascot in his time - and now competes off his lowest mark since 2013."

Back Oriental Fox each-way @ 5.95/1 in the 16:10 at Goodwood

Other Recommended Bets
Back Star Of The East @ 4.77/2 in the 14:35 at Epsom
Place lay Pour La Victoire @ 2.3811/8 in the 16:45 at Goodwood

Our back bet comes in the 14:35 at Epsom. With a newcomer as favourite and another leading fancy having regressed since debut, Star Of The East looks the safest play in this one mile maiden. He was backed at 5.85/1 earlier, but punters' faith has forced his price down to 4.77/2 at the time of writing. He ran extraordinarily green on debut at Ascot, but clearly benefitted from the experience as he was second at Lingfield on his only subsequent outing. He showed a lovely attitude that day and the form is working out nicely. As a son of Cape Cross out of a Monsun mare, today's better ground and the step up to an extended mile look sure to elicit further improvement.

The 16:10 at Goodwood features our each-way selection, where we will take on favourite St Michel, an unexposed Sir Mark Prescott improver. Although an obvious fancy, he was harshly penalised for his latest win at Newmarket, and faces a formidable opponent in the shape of Oriental Fox. Mark Johnston's eight-year-old has been plying his trade predominantly in Group Company for a long time now, and has loads of big efforts on his CV. He has been fifth in a Gold Cup, second in a Cesarewitch and a winner at Royal Ascot in his time - and now competes off his lowest mark since 2013. A very sound sixth in the Ebor recently suggests he is in good enough heart to play a major role today. Early shows of 6.86/1 were taken and he now trades around the 5.95/1 mark.

With significant drifters hard to come by, a place lay is recommended today, in the 16.45 at Goodwood. Recent course winner Pour La Victoire was backed at 4.06 during early trading, but is now available at 5.04/1. There have been signs of late that he might be in need of a break, whilst his career record off marks of 75 or above on turf reads 9745, so there are grounds for thinking that he might struggle to get into the first two places today from a rating of 76. A lay bet in the place market at 2.3811/8 looks a good play.


Recommended Bets
Back Star Of The East @ 4.77/2 in the 14:35 at Epsom
Back Oriental Fox each-way @ 5.95/1 in the 16:10 at Goodwood
Place lay Pour La Victoire @ 2.3811/8 in the 16:45 at Goodwood

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