An intruiging runner in Ireland, having his first run for over three years, has caught the eye of the Follow The Money team today. You can read about all of their selections here...
Starting in the first race at Beverley where Our Channel has been backed solidly this morning from 5.85/1 in to 3.02/1. William Haggas' colt was a good second last time at Brighton on only his second start and he is open to plenty of improvement. He already has the beating of Filament Of Gold on that form, so the main danger has to be his main market rival Rawoof who has a similar profile (also finishing a close second on his previous start) but has proved very week in the market this morning 1.9420/21 out to 2.6613/8, so for this reason we will be tuning in to Our Channel today.
Next up is the 16:15 Handicap Hurdle at Ballinrobe where Moon Prince is an intriguing runner. He has not been seen on the track since falling two out in a 2m4f Listowel handicap back in June 2010 and is heavily fancied to make a winning return today. He has been backed in from 14.013/1 to 4.57/2 and with no recent form to go on, the money for this 11-year-old gelding has surely got to be significant. It will have to be some training performance from Michael Winters to have him ready for today, but the astronomical amounts of money traded would suggest he has.
Finally, our lay selection is Squire Osbaldeston in the 1m2f Maiden and last race of the day at Lingfield. Lady Cecil's colt has drifted out from 2.3611/8 to 3.55/2 in face of heavy support for the Godolphin newcomer Musaddas, who has been backed in strongly from 8.88/1 in to 3.02/1. Tom Queally's mount has had three chances now and while he hasn't been beaten far on any occasion, he is yet to finish nearer than third and is potentially starting to look quite exposed. Musaddas could still prove to be anything, and with Saeed Bin Suroor having a 40% strike rate with his three-year-olds at Lingfield in recent seasons, his strength in the market has to be respected.