Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Perth and Redcar...
We start at the 14:25 at Perth with our lay of the day, Gordon Elliot's Pumped Up Kicks, who has drifted in the market steadily all morning from a low of 2.56/4 out to 4.47/2. She has the burden of carrying top weight here today after some solid efforts over hurdles at Perth and Navan and, despite the jockey's 5lb claim, she may be up against it to concede the weight to the smart looking Blaklion. The latter has been well supported today after going two from two in bumpers for the powerful Twiston Davies yard and, with this in mind, we are happy to lay Pumped Up Kicks.
Staying at Perth for the 15:35 where Ballyben has been backed in to 3.259/4 from 4.57/2 early this morning. He is running off of just 98 today after Craig Nichol's 3lb claim which is his lowest ever mark - this has to be a positive, given that he has won off of 113 before. Ballyben is returning from a summer break and that may well have freshened him up after a string of disappointing efforts. Lucinda Russell looks to have sent a strong team to the meeting at Perth today with money coming in for almost all of them so we can assume from the market support that the yard is in good order. He is the youngest competitor in the field and, although tasked with top weight, his ability and youth will hopefully combine to see him in the winning enclosure today.
Our final selection of the day - also the best backed - is Vodka Time in the 17:35 at Redcar. Opening up at 8.615/2 he now trades as low as 5.49/2. A big price fifth last time out over course and distance, when seemingly unlucky in running for his new yard, suggests he is in fine fettle and Eoin Walsh's 5lb claim sees him race off a mark today of just 57. Considering he started off life handicapping off of a mark of 80 and contesting races against the likes of Beverley D Stakes winner Euro Charline it is easy to see why the money has been piling in for Vodka Time today off of such a lowly mark. Here's hoping we're toasting victory in the lucky last.
Lay Pumped Up Kicks @ 4.47/2 in the 14:25 at Perth
Back Ballyben @ 3.259/4 in the 15:35 at Perth
Back Vodka Time @ 5.24 in the 17:35 at Redcar
Follow The Money 2014 P/L
P/L: + 25.29pts (before commission)
Based on prices at time of publication. Correct to end of August.