Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Carlisle and Wolverhampton.
"With blinkers applied today and up against a couple of rivals who look likely to cause problems the drift indicates the three-year-old won’t be getting off the mark today."
We begin at Carlisle where, after an early drift, Bartley has been well-supported to take the 6f Handicap at 15:15, now trading at 3.711/4 from 6.05/1. This Brian Smart three-year-old provided a shock when winning over course and distance on only his second career start last summer but has failed to build on that since, beating a total of five runners home in his next six starts. However, following a two-month break, the gelding showed something of a return to form last time out when placed at Nottingham (wearing cheekpieces as he does today). Having been dropped over a stone in the weights and with winning form with cut in the ground, the money suggests he can add to his sole success.
We move to Wolverhampton for today's negative where Savida has continued to prove easy to back all morning, now available at 3.412/5 having traded around the even money mark for the 1m4f Maiden Stakes at 15:30. At first glance the filly doesn't seem an obvious one to take on in such a modest contest, being trained by Sir Michael Stoute, closely related to Group 1 performers Creachadoir and Youmzain and with the assistance of Ryan Moore in the saddle. However, she didn't look the most genuine of performers on her second start at Kempton and followed that up with a six-length defeat when odds-on favourite at Newcastle next time out. With blinkers applied today and up against a couple of rivals who look likely to cause problems the drift indicates the three-year-old won't be getting off the mark today.
We stay in the Midlands for our last selection where Sartingo is proving popular with the punters, now on offer at 6.611/2 having been as high as 14.5 in the 1m1f Handicap at 17:30. After producing some good efforts last summer the five-year-old has been largely disappointing this campaign, with a fourth placed effort two runs back at Southwell proving the highlight. However, that run did at least provide some hope that a return to form may be forthcoming and he runs off a mark 4lb lower than when gaining his only success to date at Ayr last July. Running on Polytrack for the first time, backers seem to feel an improved effort is likely.