Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at York and Ascot...
The 14:55 at York could prove to be a battle of the Godolphin runners with Charlie Appleby's Long John and Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Windhoek heading the betting. The market seems to have sided with the latter as Windhoek has shortened from 4.37 in to 3.259/4. Windhoek ran a cracker last time out beating Amaralah in a listed race at Sandown, and there may still be more to come. With the ground in his favour and usual pilot Kieren Fallon on board we think he'll take some beating today.
Picking the winner in a 29-runner handicap is never an easy task, however the lightly raced Watchable has attracted market support in the 15:15 at Ascot. He picked his way through a 28 runner field last time to finish a creditable third in the Buckingham Palace over C&D. Richard Hughes is on board for the first time today and stated that he is very much looking forward to riding him after he caught the eye earlier in the season. He's still unexposed and with his price strengthening from 17.5 in to a solid 12.5 we could have a nicely-priced winner here.
In what looks to be a fantastic King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at 15:50 at Ascot we feel that this might be too big of a task for Oaks winner Taghrooda. A strong case can be made for so many of these, not least the likely favourite Telescope. Yesterday's rain could well prove to be more helpful to a number of her rivals especially her stable mate Eagle Top. It's been 38 years since a 3yo filly took this race and Taghrooda's drift in the market from an early 3.45 out to 4.216/5 suggests this trend will continue.
Back Windhoek @ 3.259/4 in the 14:55 at York
Back Watchable @ 12.5 in the 15:15 at Ascot
Lay Taghrooda @ 4.216/5 in the 15:50 at Ascot