Follow The Money: Nifty Fox sniffs victory

Have FTM found some Friday afternoon winners?

Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Musselburgh and Doncaster.

Recommended Bets
Back The Nifty Fox 9.417/2 15:45 Musselburgh
Lay Vittachi @ 4.84/1 16:20 Musselburgh
Back Emirates Queen @ 4.94/1 16:45 Doncaster


We start at Musselburgh where The Nifty Fox has attracted support in the 5f Handicap at 15:45, now trading at 9.417/2 having been available at 14.5. This experienced campaigner is on a long losing run, having last tasted victory in October 2009, and has subsequently dropped 15lb in the weights. However, the eight-year-old has seen a return to form of late, running well when finishing third in a decent contest at Ayr a few starts back. He's a course and distance winner and has plenty of soft ground form in the book. The move suggests Tim Easterby's gelding could go close today.

We stay north of the border for today's negative where Vittachi has been on the drift all morning in the 2m Handicap at 16:20, out to 4.84/1, having been backed as low as 2.89/5. This five-year-old had been finishing way off the pace before being dropped in class and upped in trip last time out at Ayr where he gained a narrow victory. However, he's been raised 3lb to a mark of 63, higher than he's won off previously, and trainer Alistair Whillans hasn't had a winner since. With market opposition in the form of easy last-time-out winner Ponte Di Rosa and Spruzzo, the drift suggests he will be unable to follow up.

We head to Doncaster for our final selection where there has been a significant looking gamble on Emirates Queen in the 1m2f Maiden Stakes, now into 4.94/1 from 15.014/1. This well-bred filly seemed like she would benefit hugely from the experience on debut at Windsor, having to be dismounted and walked to post. She took time to realise what was required during the race before keeping on into sixth place, with jockey Kieran Fallon reporting he was never really happy on her. Trainer Luca Cumani has a 22 percent strike rate at the course which slightly improves to 23 whenever he teams up with Fallon, both positive pointers for backers of the three-year-old. Although facing more fancied runners from the Richard Hannon and Sir Michael Stoute stables, the contraction in price suggests she is ready to show a marked improvement.

Recommended Bets
Back The Nifty Fox 9.417/2 15:45 Musselburgh
Lay Vittachi @ 4.84/1 16:20 Musselburgh
Back Emirates Queen @ 4.94/1 16:45 Doncaster

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