Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Gowran Park and Yarmouth...
"Bull Bay's connections are confident of a big race in what is an uncompetitive field and the market move to favouritism suggests this could well be the case."
We start with the first race on the card at Gowran Park. It's an intriguing maiden race full of talent, where the Aidan O'Brien-trained early favourite Battle of Marengo has drifted in the betting this morning out to 2.466/4 from 1.991/1. Although shaping well on debut earlier this month, the market suggests that today's race could well be a stiffer test. The challenge from stablemate Twilight Zone in particular could well prove the obstacle to him breaking his maiden.
In the 14:05 at Yarmouth the three-year-old gelding Bull Bay has been backed in from 2.982/1 to 2.427/5 while his rival, the Ismail Mohammed-trained Salacia, has drifted markedly. Bull Bay's debut at Leicester suggested that there could be improvement as he ran on well after running green at the start. With Mikael Barzalona booked for the ride, connections are confident of a big race in what is an uncompetitive field and the market move to favouritism suggests this could well be the case.
We stay at Yarmouth for our final bet, in the 16:35 where the George Baker-trained Sweet Ophelia has been positive on the exchanges this morning having been backed in from 13.012/1 in to 6.86/1 for her handicap bow. This well-bred three-year-old filly has been disappointing this season after running a positive debut a year ago and has been given a rather low BHA mark of 60. She seems the type to do better now handicapping and the booking of Ted Durcan- who travels to Yarmouth for this ride only- suggests big things are expected.