Follow The Money: Dungannon to round out Betfair Weekend with a win

Can Andrew Balding train Dungannon to a win in the closing race at Ascot?

Today's Follow The Money runners go at Newton Abbot and Ascot.

"Dungannon put in a career best effort to finish fifth in the Wokingham last time out."

Back Dungannon @ 5.14/1 17:05 Ascot

We start the day over the jumps at Newton Abbot, in their first race at 14:25 where the David Evans-trained Kings Wharf has been well supported, now trading at 2.245/4 from an earlier 2.829/5. The three-year-old never managed to win on the flat but has improved since hurdling. He has had the three hurdle runs to date, improving each time. He won last time out at Stratford beating today's rival Spanish Fork by six lengths off level weights. Today he meets that rival on 7lb worse terms but as long as he does not come off the bridle too early, he should have too much pace for his rivals in the last few furlongs.

The lay of the day comes at Ascot in their 16:35. The horse in question is Richard Hannon's Dalkova who is now 3.052/1 from 2.466/4. The 3yo filly has slowly improved in each of her three runs, last time only beaten by less than a length. That said, today's maiden looks stronger and although she looks sure to run a decent race could find one or two improvers moving past her at the business end.

We stay at Ascot for the 17.05, and in particular the move for Dungannon, having been backed from 9.1 into 5.14/1. Andrew Balding's 5yo is a course and distance winner. He won over the five furlongs on Sherger Cup Day at a similar time last year, but has been disappointing since, until last time out when he put in a career best effort to finish fifth in the Wokingham. If running to similar form today he should take all the beating, especially with the big field ensuring he gets a decent pace to run at.

Recommended Bets
Back Kings Wharf @ 2.245/4 14:25 Newton Abbot
Lay Dalkova @ 3.052/1 16:35 Ascot
Back Dungannon @ 5.14/1 17:05 Ascot

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