Today's Follow The Money comes from the afternoon meetings at Pontefract and Southwell...
Our lay of the day today is Jack The Gent in the 14:30 at Southwell. The 11-year-old gelding has been a morning drifter going from 3.412/5 out to 4.77/2 so far. He was a surprise winner last time out at Bangor over the same trip and going as today, however he was given an easy lead, made all and run on unchallenged to win by eight lengths. That was his first win since May 2013 and had shown little worthwhile form since. His opponents may not give him such an easy time of it today and, together with a 9lb penalty, he is worth opposing.
There has seen some support for Top Of The Glas in the 14:45 at Pontefract, who has come in to 10.09/1 from an early 16.015/1. Although he has yet to win at this distance (12 furlongs) he has run some fine races, most notably when he was seen keeping on well when finishing third in the valuable Cumberland Plate at Carlisle in June over 11½ furlongs. He experienced trouble in-running last time out at Doncaster over ten furlongs, was switched and ran on to good effect at the finish without getting to the leaders. He acts well on good going and with Pontefract's top jockey Silvestre de Sousa in the plate today, he could well be worth an interest.
We stay at Pontefract for the final selection. Riptide, who carries top weight in the 15.15 2m1f Handicap, has been supported from 5.45 into 4.03/1 and although he has taken time to find his best form so far this season, his last two efforts suggest he could play a big part in the finish of this marathon event. The distance will be no problem to this bay gelding who loves this track; having won two of his four career wins here and running a fine race when finishing second over course and distance on his penultimate start.
Lay Jack The Gent @ 4.77/2 in the 14:30 at Southwell
Back Top Of The Glas @ 10.09/1 in the 14:45 at Pontefract
Back Riptide @ 4.03/1 in the 15:15 at Pontefract
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Follow The Money 2015 P/L
Staked: 623 pts
Returned: 628.05 pts
P/L: + 4.05 pts
Based on prices at time of publication, calculated before commission. Correct to end of July.