Follow The Money: Ambivalent attracting support in Pretty Polly

Salisbury is the venue for two of today's FTM selections
Salisbury is the venue for two of today's FTM selections

The markets have been reviewed and today's three Follow The Money selections come from the meetings at Salisbury and the Curragh...

Recommended Bets

Lay Marcano @ 3.412/5 in the Salisbury 14:10

Back Step To The Shears @ 7.06/1 in the Salisbry 15:40

Back Ambivalent @ 3.412/5 in the Curragh 16:20


We start the day at Salisbury for our drifter, in the 14.10 7f Maiden Stakes, Marcano has been on the move from a low of 2.47 out to 3.412/5.

Rod Millman's two-year-old ran respectably on his only start so far, over 6f at Newbury last month, finishing 2 ½ lengths back in third at 50/1, no doubt running better than expected. However, today's race may be a little too competitive for Marcano to be getting in to the winners enclosure, with Richard Hannon, who has a 36% strike rate with two-year-olds at this track, going in heavy handed with three runners, most notably Misterioso, who is related to two-year-old winners and his sales price rose dramatically from a foal to a yearling. With the market also speaking in favour of the Hannon runner and the other unknown quantities in the race, it's easy to see why layers are happy to take on Marcano.

Staying at Salisbury for our first positive of the day, in the 15.40 6f Conditions race there has been noticeable support for Step To The Shears, in to 7.06/1 from a high of 9.89/1.

This two-year-old by Footstepsinthesand is having his third start to date, having won his maiden readily over 6f at Goodwood earlier this month. Richard Hannon's colt may appear to be second string on jockey bookings today, with Richard Hughes taking the ride on Among Angels, however, on both starts so far Step To The Shears has been ridden by Pat Dobbs including when beating subsequent winner L'Etacq, a Hannon/Hughes rival, into second in his maiden. With the potential for improvement and market support, this colt is worth a punt today.

Over to Ireland for our final mover, at the Curragh in the 16.20 Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes there has been steady support for Ambivalent in to 3.412/5 from 4.02.

This five-year-old mare has been very successful in her career so far, winning five races from 15 starts, including most recently the Middleton Stakes at York last month, which had today's rival Thistle Bird six lengths back in sixth place. Roger Varian's charge also ran well earlier this month finishing third to Cirrus Des Aigles in the Coronation Cup at Epsom. However, the most likely the main reason that the money is down today is because Ambivalent won this race 12 months ago on the same good-to-firm going, and is clearly fancied to make a repeat of this back against mares and fillies.


Recommended Bets

Lay Marcano @ 3.412/5 in the Salisbury 14:10
Back Step To The Shears @ 7.06/1 in the Salisbry 15:40
Back Ambivalent @ 3.412/5 in the Curragh 16:20


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