Follow The Money: Solar being backed to show some Magic at Ascot

John Gosden trains the well-backed Solar Magic
John Gosden trains the well-backed Solar Magic

The markets have been reviewed and today's three Follow The Money selections come from the meetings at Ascot and Pontefract...

Recommended Bets

Back Zeela @ 3.45 in the Pontefract 14.10

Lay Roseburg @ 2.942/1 in the Pontefract 14.45

Back Solar Magic @ 4.03/1 in the Ascot 15.10


Starting the day at Pontefract, in the 14.10 Maiden Stakes, where Zeela has been a strong mover in to 3.45 from 6.62. This two-year-old filly by Zebedee, a high class two-year-old sprinter himself, is related to winners including 5f Listed winner Lisselan Diva, and is the only January foal in the field. Tim Easterby is currently two from eight at Pontefract this season with one of those wins being a two-year-old debutant earlier this month. The money was down then, suggesting that today could be a repeat of that occasion.

We stay at Pontefract for our negative in the 14.45 1m2f Maiden Stakes, where Roseburg has drifted out to 2.942/1 from 2.35/4. Luca Cumani's colt is having his fourth start today having placed in two of his three maiden starts so far, the most recent being a 2 ¼ length third over 1m at Nottingham earlier this month. However, this three-year-old by Tamayuz was a beaten favourite that day at 6/4, and he was keen early in the race, suggesting that he may struggle with the extra 2f today. Also in the race there has been strong support for Ed McMahon's Express Himself, and with the Godolphin debutant Desert Snow in the mix there's plenty of reasons to take on Roseburg in this race.

Heading to Ascot for our second positive in the 15.10 Conditions Stakes, where Solar Magic has seen steady support in to 4.03/1 from a high of 5.49/2. John Gosden's filly is having her second start today having finished 1 ½ lengths back in fourth in a competitive maiden at Newmarket nearly two weeks ago. This three-year-old by Pivotal has an entry in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, so she should cope with today's step up in trip and class, and the soft going may well be in her favour too. Solar Magic's half-sister Starscope, also trained by John Gosden, finished second in the Coronation Stakes two years ago, so the market support suggests this one is showing the same class as her sister.


Recommended Bets

Back Zeela @ 3.45 in the Pontefract 14.10
Lay Roseburg @ 2.942/1 in the Pontefract 14.45
Back Solar Magic @ 4.03/1 in the Ascot 15.10


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