Today's Follow The Money selections come from the two National Hunt cards at Wincanton and Bangor...
We start things off with our first back in the 15:10 Handicap Chase at Wincanton. Selection Atlantic Roller has been well backed from an opening show of 2.6213/8 in to 2.285/4.
Paul Nicholls looks to have a very strong chance with this lightly raced gelding. He has only been raised three pounds by the handicapper for being toe to toe with Saint Raph in a Handicap Chase here last month before falling at the last. Those two were miles clear of the next and Saint Raph has been raised 11 pounds for the victory. The form has not worked out too badly (Cloudy Bob, fourth that day, second on the 21st) and with such a small rise in the weights we are more than happy to give Atlantic Roller another chance today.
For our next back we head to Bangor for the 15:55 Handicap Chase where Templebraden has been well backed for Robert Stephens in from 7.413/2 to a current 5.04/1.
Stephens has really burst on to the National Hunt scene thanks to his Adonis winner, Beltor, who is now third favourite for the Triumph and well supported. He has had three winners from his last four runners and today's selection has not been in his care for very long since switching from Henry Oliver's yard. His chase mark has slid from 122 to 114 and given some of his Novice Hurdle form, notably second behind now 132 rated Fine Rightly, he must be close to a winning mark. James Reveley looks an excellent jockey booking and the positive market signs are there. A back is advised with a trainer who could be going places.
Finally we head back over to Wincanton for their 16:10 Handicap Hurdle where Don't Call Me Oscar is proving friendless in the market, drifting from 2.89/5 out to 4.03/1.
Mark Gillard's gelding is seeking a hat-trick today but he has been raised eleven pounds for his last win which may well put an end to his winning sequence. There are also plenty of live contenders to take him on with today, probably the most notable being Nick Lampard's Sadma who is 10 pounds better off with our lay selection for a length and a quarter defeat two starts back. Richard Johnson steps up for the ride today and a big run looks on the cards. Bach On Tow of Lucy Gardener's also looks competitive, looking to have a big chance before falling last time out. With such a sharp rise in the weights and strong completion to contend with Don't Call Me Oscar looks worth taking on with the field.
Back Atlantic Roller @ 2.285/4 in the 15:10 Wincanton
Back Templebraden @ 5.04/1 in the 15:55 Bangor
Lay Don't Call Me Oscar @ 4.03/1 in the 16:10 Wincanton