Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Lingfield and Chepstow.
"The Wee Chief is fairly treated with his lowest ever mark and the big positive jockey booking of Luke Morris looks sure to help him get his head down on the line."
We begin at Lingfield for the 1m2f Maiden Stakes at 14:00 where there has been support for Prussian Blue - an unraced colt by New Approach that cost 180,000 gns - backed in to a price of 2.486/4 from a high of 3.814/5. Charlie Appleby's yard has been in excellent form over the winter challenging on the All Weather and considering the promising debut of his stablemate Sparring (Timeform rating of 70p), it is significant that the market is keen on Prussian Blue's chances. He looks like landing a knockout blow today to make another winning debutant for the Appleby yard.
For our next selection, The Wee Chief runs in the 14:35 6f Handicap and has been supported from 7.06/1 in to 4.84/1. He carries the dreaded Timeform squiggle for his high head carriage when often travelling strongly before finding little. However, he has been off seven months and has gone well fresh in the past. The Wee Chief is fairly treated with his lowest ever mark and the big positive jockey booking of Luke Morris looks sure to help him get his head down on the line.
Today's negative comes in the 16:05 at Chepstow where Favoured Nation has been drifting this morning, out to a price of 6.411/2 from an early 4.1, but we advise a lay in the Place Market at 2.77/4. The selection has won two of his last four starts, but has not always been the most fluent of jumpers in chases including falling once and blundering four fences from home last time out at Uttoxeter, costing him the race. Favoured Nation encounters heavy ground for the first time and the market has spoken against him.
Back Prussian Blue @ 2.486/4 in the 14:00 at Lingfield
Back The Wee Chief @ 4.84/1 in the 14:25 at Lingfield
Lay Favoured Nation @ 2.77/4 in the 16:05 at Chepstow (place market)