Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Ayr and Cartmel...
We start with our lay of the day at Ayr in the 14:15 6f Maiden Stakes, where My Dream Boat has drifted out to 4.1 from a low of 3.44. An unusual addition to Donald McCain's predominantly National Hunt-based yard, this two-year-old has had one race so far, finishing second by two-and-three-quarter lengths at 33/1 last month. Although this shows that this colt by Lord Shanakill has ability, today's race looks more likely to be taken by one of the newcomers, with two of them costing 100,000gns each. One being Mark Johnston's Prince of Time who has entries in some valuable sales races, and the other being Karl Burke's Glenalmond, who is entered in the Gimcrack. His full brother Wootton Basset won his debut race over today's course and distance, and he is currently receiving market support. With this tough competition it looks like My Dream Boat may have to wait a bit longer to lose his maiden tag.
Heading to Cartmel for our first positive, in the 16:10 3m2f Handicap Chase where there has been steady support for Ballybough Gorta in to 3.185/40 from a high of 3.73. Peter Bowen's seven-year-old has notched up seven wins from 18 starts over fences so far in his career. This gelding by Indian Danehill showed a return to form when running respectably at Newton Abbot two weeks ago, finishing third under today's jockey Sean Bowen. However, the main reason for the market support could be due to Ballybough Gorta being a two-time course and distance winner, including this race last year and again in August, which were his only starts at the track. The money suggests a return to Cartmel's winner's enclosure today.
Returning to Ayr where we have seen strong support for Ingleby Angel, in to 7.413/2 from 12.5 in the 16.55 1m Handicap. While David O'Meara's runner has been well beaten on his two most recent starts, these were in big field competitive handicaps. This gelding by Dark Angel ran respectably back in May in the Hunt Cup at Thirsk, finishing a close second off a mark 1lb higher than today's. The five-year-old is no stranger to the winners' enclosure with eight successes under his belt. Four of those have been under today's jockey Daniel Tudhope, with one over this course and distance on heavy going, giving Ingleby Angel a great chance to get back to winning ways.
Lay My Dream Boat @ 4.1 in the Ayr 14:15
Back Ballybough Gorta @ 3.185/40 in the Cartmel 16:10
Back Ingleby Angel @ 7.413/2 in the Ayr 16:55
Follow The Money 2014 P/L
P/L: + 52.72pts (before commission)
Correct to end of June. Based on prices at time of writing.