Welcome to Follow The Money, which today focuses on the meeting at Beverley...
We start off in the 14:50 where the Nigel Tinkler-trained Tinsill has seen steady support from a high of 7.68 in to 6.86/1. He sneaks into this 0-60 handicap off of a mark of 59, his lowest mark since September 2013 when he won over course and distance off of a mark of 53, by seven lengths. He went on to win races off of marks of 60, 64 and 67 and given that, today's mark certainly looks workable. He has won on good to firm going so the ground should hold no issues and his penultimate run when a close up sixth showed signs that his turn may not be far away given the sliding mark. He missed the break last time and could never get competitive under Graham Lee, and with Adrian Nicholls booked (who has one win from two rides on the selection) he should be seen to much better effect today.
Next up is Rousayan in the 16:35 who has attracted strong support from 3.8514/5 in to 3.185/40. David O'Meara's gelding got off the mark over course and distance in May off a mark of 77 and has subsequently produced two very solid runs off of three pounds higher over a shorter seven furlongs, and a longer one mile one furlong trip. O'Meara continues to have a very solid year with seemingly no end of well-handicapped horses picking up the feature races on cards, and Rousayan looks like he can continue that trend being the most consistent recent performer in the field. Red Charmer looks to be the selection's main danger but, as is becoming a worrying trend, Ann Duffield's runner may have to settle for the runner up spot yet again today.
We end, fittingly, on the last race of the card at 18:05, and the Michael Easterby-trained City Ground is a somewhat uneasy favourite after opening up at 3.39/4 but now available to back at 3.55/2. A winner of this race in 2013 and second in last year's renewal it is easy to see why he is at the top of the market with Serena Brotherton, who gets along so well with him, in the saddle again today. He does have to carry top weight here today however, which could prove tricky. This mark on his recent form looks to be the very top range of his abilities and he is by now of course pretty exposed.
Engai is a very interesting rival off of the same mark as when a good third at Newbury last week. David Bridgwater's yard is in good form and his runner, better known for his National Hunt exploits, could be well handicapped off of 60. Scrutiny is also worth noting for the aforementioned David O'Meara stable on the back of some very creditable efforts and in receipt of 4lbs from the lay selection today. All in all there looks like there could be value in taking on City Ground to be beaten by a better-handicapped rival and to come up just short in this race for a successive year.
Back Tinsill @ 6.86/1 in the 14:50 at Beverley
Back Rousayan @ 3.185/40 in the 16:35 at Beverley
Lay City Ground @ 3.55/2 in the 18:05 at Beverley