This afternoon's Follow The Money focuses on the meeting at Goodwood...
We begin with our back selection, which comes in the 14:55 at Goodwood, a class 4 handicap over two miles. Early prices suggested that high-class hurdler Rayvin Black would be clear favourite for this event, on the back of a commanding course success last month. However, the money has come for another decent hurdler, Wolf Of Windlesham, backed into 3.613/5 from 5.49/2. Flat and jumps combined he has won four of his last five outings, including a Grade 2 juvenile hurdle at Cheltenham in November. He won with incredible ease from a subsequent winner in a lowly Kempton AW handicap on his latest flat outing. He has been upped ten pounds by the handicapper subsequently, but he remains relatively unexposed as a flat racer - particularly over marathon trips. Such was the basement nature of his initial rating when sent over staying trips that it seems highly likely that he will prove capable of winning from his new mark.
For the each way selection we turn our attention to the Height Of Fashion Stakes at 16:00. One of the last recognised Oaks trials, the market for this Listed event is dominated by The Black Princess. The one for money at bigger odds is the unexposed and unbeaten Zaakhir, backed from 12.011/1 into a current price of 7.613/2. She sported a hood for her debut (retained today) in a mile maiden on Kempton's polytrack, where she demonstrated lots of natural talent in overcoming inexperience to get up close home. What's more, there were three subsequent winners in behind her. Clearly she must improve to win this, but she is stoutly bred on the distaff side so this step up in trip looks sure to play to her strengths.
Today's lay comes in the 16:35, a fillies' maiden. The race features the second start for Golden Reign, a half-sister to the mighty Golden Horn - and she is holding up well in the early betting exchanges. This is reflected in a relative weakness in the second-favourite High Hopes, who looks worth opposing - previously trading at 3.55/2, she can now be backed at 3.8514/5. A highly promising second on her only run last year, she failed to build on that when only fourth on her return this season. The form of both races is sending out mixed messages, and she will need to step up on both efforts to take this race today.
Back Wolf Of Windlesham at 3.613/5 in the 14:55 at Goodwood
Back Zaakhir at 7.613/2 in the 16:00 at Goodwood
Lay High Hopes at 3.8514/5 in the 16:35 at Goodwood
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Follow The Money P/L - April 2016
Loss on month: 19.79pts