Today's Follow The Money selections comes from the national hunt meetings at Huntingdon and Wetherby...
We begin at Wetherby for today's lay which comes in the Beginners Chase at 14:30, where Olofi is available to back at 2.3411/8 having been backed at prices as low as 1.9110/11 this morning. Tom George's grey was a useful handicap hurdler and has taken part in some valuable races - last year he ran into fifth behind Zarkandar in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury before going on to score in a similar event at Cheltenham. The selection clearly has plenty of ability and is well clear of the field he faces today based on his hurdles rating. However, he is making his chasing debut today and whether he can transfer all of that hurdling ability to chasing remains to be seen. As a hurdler he mainly raced over trips of around two miles and today the gelding runs over 2m4f - the first time he has attempted this trip since finishing a tired eighth behind Dynaste a few years ago. It also tempers enthusiasm to see that the usual cheek pieces, which have been worn in his last seven starts, have been ditched today. His biggest danger will come in the form of the well supported Muldoon's Picnic. Kim Bailey's seven-year-old has had some chasing experience and has appeared to improve with every run, most recently going down by a nose in a handicap at Kempton. These factors coupled with the market drift seems to suggest it will be worth laying Olofi today.
Next we move to Huntingdon and the 2m5f handicap hurdle at 14:50 where See You Jack has been well supported from 5.88 in to 3.953/1. Caroline Bailey's eight-year-old has been running with credit in similar events recently, finishing second over course and distance in February. The gelding races off a two pound higher mark today but that mark does not look beyond him and he looks to have a good chance in a weak race. He has been racing on soft ground recently but he has won a chase on good to firm ground which seems to suggest he may even improve for a sounder surface. Blinkers are being used for the first time today to keep the selection focussed on the job and he looks to have been well placed to get off the mark over hurdles on his ninth attempt.
Our final selection also comes from Huntingdon in the 3m handicap chase at 17:35, where Roseneath has been backed in to 7.87/1 having been backed at prices as high as 17.016/1 this morning. Alex Hales' gelding looks well handicapped on his old form - he races off a mark of 101 today having won chases off marks of 110 and 115 in the past - and the strong market move this morning suggests today might be the day that he regains the winning thread. The selection boasts course and distance form of 11 and most of his best efforts have come on good ground which he gets today. He has to put some recent disappointing efforts behind him but looks capable of doing so with Daryl Jacob doing the steering.