The markets have been reviewed and today's three Follow The Money selections come from the meetings at Ascot, Thirsk, and Uttoxeter...
We start the day with the 15:20 at Ascot where we look at our first back, Maid In Rio. A positive all morning has seen him move from a high of 3.814/5 in to 2.915/8. A comfortable win last time out a Haydock has seen him penalised with a 6lb penalty for the run, but with four wins in his last five runs punters should still be confident of a decent effort here. The step up to 2m shouldn't be an issue, eased down over 1m6f last time out, and his pedigree shows he should be more than capable of making this trip. This one has been backed in to a warm favourite and we think he should reward punters with victory today.
Next up we travel up to Thirsk for our next back, Sandsmans Girl, who runs in the 15:40. Backed from 16.015/1 this price has shrunk down to 8.07/1. Last successful back in August James Given's runner seems to have lost his way with some very disappointing recent form. With that said though the horse looks on a very promising handicap mark today having dropped 21lb since that last victory in August. A return to 7f should also be taken in to account as that was the distance her last win came over. This one appears to have a lot in her favour today and with the significant market support it's hard to ignore her at a decent price.
We finish the day with our lay, Raise A Spark, who runs in the 17:10 at Uttoxeter. Donald McCain's charge has drifted from an early 1.738/11 out to 3.3512/5. Improvement has come in each of her last three outings, finishing second on her last two, but has still failed to grab her maiden win in bumpers. In what looks to be a two horse race its rather worrying that there's market support shown for Warren Greatrex's newcomer Going For Gold, who looks well-bred and comes from a stable who have a solid 26% strike rate in these contest. The market suggest that this one will go in favour of the newcomer and Raise A Spark may have settle for another second place finish.
Back Maid In Rio @ 2.915/8 15:20 Ascot
Back Sandsmans Girl @ 8.07/1 15:40 Thirsk
Lay Raise A Spark @ 3.3512/5 17:10 Uttoxeter