Today's Follow The Money comes from Cartmel and Ayr, including a nicely timed 'Royal' selection...
We kick things off at Cartmel in the 2m6f Handicap Hurdle at 14:45, where King Mak is now trading at 6.611/2 having been matched at odds as high as 9.417/2. This dashing grey has been out of sorts for some time now but has dropped to a mark 19 pounds lower than his last winning mark in June last year. In a race packed full of exposed sorts this 11-year-old looks far too well treated to ignore. The selection hails from an in-form yard and, if the addition of blinkers sparks a return to anything like his best, then he ought to be in the shake up today.
Moving on to the 16:15 6f Handicap at Ayr for today's lay where Someone's Darling is unpopular with punters, out to 2.6813/8 from 1.9620/21. This filly shed her maiden status at Redcar in May, displaying a willing attitude to score by half a length. This was followed up by another good effort to finish second over today's course and distance. However, she has been raised eight pounds since her win and is yet to race in a field this small. With some powerful yards amongst the opposition and lack of market support, lay is the call today.
We finish off in the 16:45 1m Handicap at Ayr where Party Royal has been all the rage, trading at 2.447/5 having been as high as 2.9215/8. This gelding has been competing in far better races than this and appears to have everything in his favour today. From two starts at Ayr he has a win and a second to his name, the latter being a short head defeat over this distance in a Class 2 contest. Mark Johnston has been firing in winners left right and centre in the last month or so and he looks to have found a good opportunity for Party Royal to get his head back in front today.