Today's Follow The Money comes from Plumpton, Wolverhampton and Leicester.
"Nearly a third of the cash traded in the market has focused on Malanos and although we have to take a lot on trust in regards to his fitness the weight of money looks significant."
We start with our lay selection which comes in the 14:00 2m5f Novice Hurdle at Plumpton where Paul Nicholls' More Bucks is making his hurdles debut. Matched as low as 1.564/7 earlier on, he drifted out as high as 2.8615/8 but has now rebounded somewhat to 2.447/5. This nephew of multiple Grade 1 winner Big Buck's still has a fair bit to prove before being considered anywhere near that class as despite winning an Exeter bumper on debut he was a beaten favourite at Newton Abbot last time losing by more than 15 lengths, finishing one-paced and hanging left to place only fifth of seven. This run came only last month and although it would be no surprise if he capable of winning a race of this nature in time, with such lofty connections we would expect to see greater confidence in him than we've seen today. His main rival is the Colin Tizzard-trained Murrayana who finished a decent second in a maiden hurdle at Worcester last month and he offers enough of a threat to make a lay of More Bucks the call today.
Our first back comes in the 14:10 1m1f Nursery at Wolverhampton. Ed Walker's Kingston Sassafras has yet to show a great deal from three starts in maidens, the pick of his efforts probably coming on debut when he kept on late after starting slowly and running green at Windsor over an inadequate six furlongs in August. The next two runs came over seven and it's interesting that he steps up significantly in distance today. The handicapper has given him a chance with a handicap mark of 62 and his trainer is in good form with four wins from ten runners so far this month. He was matched as high as 36.035/1 for small sums early doors and while those prices have long gone he still looks a tempting bet having levelled off at around 6.86/1.
Our last selection comes in the 14:20 2m Handicap Hurdle at Leicester. Tony Carroll's Malanos ran his first race for almost two years when finishing seventh of 13 in an amateur riders' handicap over 1m4f on the flat at Windsor last month. Beaten 24 lengths, it was hardly the most encouraging of comebacks but he is a previous C&D winner and is well handicapped on his old form. The money has been relentless this morning with nearly a third of the cash traded in the market focusing on Malanos and although we have to take a lot on trust in regards to his fitness the weight of money looks significant. Starting at around 16.015/1 this morning he has halved in price and is currently trading at around 8.07/1.
Lay More Bucks @ 2.447/5 in the 14:00 at Plumpton
Back Kingston Sassafras @ 6.86/1 in the 14:10 at Wolverhampton
Back Malanos @ 8.07/1 in the 14:20 at Leicester