Today's Follow the Money comes from Sandown and Doncaster.
We start at Sandown in the 14:10 where Telescope has drifted from 2.1411/10 out to 3.613/5. Sir Michael Stoute's runner was the antepost favourite for last years' Derby before suffering an injury ruled him out and connections have said he may need the run today so it's no surprise to see him drifting all morning. He made his return to the racecourse last July where he won a conditions race at Leicester by 24 lengths and his last appearance was in August where he was an impressive winner at York, another injury meant he missed the rest of last season. Sir Michael tends to do well with his four-year-olds and Telescope could go on to be a major force in Group Ones this season but the combination of strong support for the Sky Hunter, who makes his debut for Godolphin today, soft ground and maybe needing the run means we are happy to oppose him today.
Our next selection is from Doncaster and in the 14:55 where Perfect Heat has been well supported from 4.57/2 in to 3.185/40. He finished last season with a win at Haydock over 2m on soft ground and he looks an improving stayer. A 5lb rise in the weights for that win doesn't look harsh and we think Roger Varien-trained runner can start his season off with a victory.
The final pick is in the 15:50 from Sandown where Eccleston has been backed from 8.615/2 in to 5.04/1. An easy winner on soft ground at this track last season for his previous trainer Richard Fahey, he then ran at Royal Ascot in the Norfolk where he was well beaten and his final start was at Newbury where he finished sixth. Both those efforts were on fast ground and today's soft going should suit him. He makes his debut for trainer David O'Meara who has started the season in great form and has four winners in his last seven runs and we expect the yards fine form to continue.
Lay Telescope in the 14:10 at Sandown @ 3.613/5
Back Perfect Heat in the 14:55 at Doncaster @ 3.185/40
Back Eccleston in the 15:50 at Sandown @ 5.04/1