Follow The Money: Wily punters backing Fox Appeal for Ascot success

Two picks from Ascot today for the FTM team
Two picks from Ascot today for the FTM team

Today's Follow The Money comes from this afternoon's meetings at Ascot and Uttoxeter.

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Lay Royal Boy @ 2.6213/8 in the 13:00 at Ascot 

Back Scampi Boy @ 9.617/2 in the 13:20 at Uttoxeter 

Back Fox Appeal @ 2.809/5 in the 14:35 at Ascot 

The negative mover of the day comes in the 13:00 at Ascot, where Nicky Henderson's Royal Boy has drifted from 2.1411/10 out to 2.6213/8. The six-year-old is yet to get his head in front under rules and reverts back to hurdles today after making mistakes in a novice chase last time out. Henderson is the master of placing his novices well so the fact this one has yet to get his head in front has to be a worry. His debut over hurdles was a blinding run when running Melodic Rendezvous to three quarters of a lengths, but he really hasn't improved since then or even maintained that form. It's understandable why Betfair punters were keen to take him on this morning especially when some top stables are also represented in the race.

Over to Uttoxeter we go for the 13.20, a race that has seen Scampi Boy backed from 16.015/1 into 9.417/2. He has only won on the one occasion but is lightly raced for a nine-year-old. There is no questioning he was disappointing last time out but today is back over a course he ran a good third on two runs back. The race is not the strongest today and if Liam Treadwell is able to get him jumping well he could still improve enough to win today.

Back to Ascot for the grade 2 novice chase at 14:35. The positive move is for Fox Appeal who has been backed from 3.55/2 into 2.89/5. Emma Lavelle's inmate has some good form in the book. His beating of Medinas a year or so ago had a touch of class to it, especially considering that the latter went on win the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham festival. Last time out over fences, Fox Appeal was a length behind Wonderful Charm, who ran Oscar Whisky to a length at Cheltenham last time out giving him 8lb. Today our selection takes on the useful but quirky Mr Mole, but he should have enough on the day.

Recommended Bets
Lay Royal Boy @ 2.6213/8 in the 13.00 at Ascot 
Back Scampi Boy @ 9.617/2 in the 13.20 at Uttoxeter 
Back Fox Appeal @ 2.809/5 in the 14.35 at Ascot 

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