Follow The Money: Final movers of 2012

FTM are backing two at Lingfield today

Today's New Year's Eve Follow The Money comes from the cards at Lingfield and Uttoxeter. It's a quickfire treble for you, and within a little over half an hour we will know whether we are to see in the New Year with Champagne or Blue Nun.

Recommended Bets
Back Commanche @ 2.6813/8 Lingfield 13:30 
Lay Landenstown Star @ 1.9210/11 Uttoxeter 13:40 
Back Johnstown Lad @ 5.69/2 Lingfield 14:00 


Let's start at Lingfield and the 13:30 6f Handicap where Commanche has been solidly backed from 3.39/4 into 2.6813/8. The selection made a winning start to his all-weather career at Kempton in his last race, and a 5lb rise for that seems fair. Jockey Adam Kirby keeps the ride, and is in cracking good form having had two wins from three at this course just yesterday. Overall, our punters like the chances of Commanche registering a second win on the bounce, and are backing him to do so.

On the face of it, Landenstown Star has every chance in the 13:40 3m Handicap Chase at a heavy ground Uttoxeter. While the selection has a lot going for him and is still odds-on to land the spoils, he has drifted from an early low of 1.412/5 out to a current 1.9210/11.  His Boxing Day run at Ffos Las on heavy over 2m5f was a winning one. However, easy that win was, and he won by 16 lengths, it must have taken something out of Tim Vaughan's charge, and perhaps another slog over three miles when turned out so quickly, and up 7lb, is going to find Landenstown Star out today. Lay!

There's a real market steamer to tell you about in the 14:00 at Lingfield. Punters have smashed into Johnstown Lad at all prices from a high of 13.5 and they're still lining up to take the 5.69/2 now on offer.  Quite why the market has moved so appreciably for him is a bit of a mystery, as the selection hasn't won in two years. But it is worth noting that his handicap mark has become a lot more attractive as a result. Our Timeform colleagues rate Johnstown Lad as 'folly to dismiss' and that's good enough to rate as a confident 'back' for me.

Recommended Bets
Back Commanche @ 2.6813/8 Lingfield 13:30 
Lay Landenstown Star @ 1.9210/11 Uttoxeter 13:40 
Back Johnstown Lad @ 5.69/2 Lingfield 14:00 

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