Today's Follow The Money comes from this afternoons cards at Leopardstown, Lingfield and Catterick.
We kick off proceedings with a back, where Jimmy Two Times takes aim in the 12:45 at Leopardstown having been supported from a high of 18.017/1 in to 13.5. Those who have followed this one will remember that this was one fence away from victory after falling at the final hurdle when clear at this very meeting last year. He put that that run behind him though and closed off the season well, winning over today's trip of 3m at Fairyhouse in the spring and finishing in the places twice prior to that win. A seasonal reappearance last time out saw this six year old finish third in a decent-looking handicap at Navan and should he come on from that run certainly looks a dangerous opposition. At the price and with four places on offer we are happy to put this one up as an each-way wager in this competitive looking race.
Our next back is Percy Veer, who has been making headway in the market in the 13:50 Lingfield, shortening up from 10.09/1 in to an available 5.85/1. Sylvester Kirk's progressive three year old ran well in defeat on his last two efforts, finishing in the places in both, and prior to that he was successful over at Chelmsford. Something of an all-weather specialist, Percy Veer has run eight times on the artificial surface and has picked up the spoils in three of them and placed on three other occasions. More importantly two of those wins were on the Polytrack here at Lingfield and although he is slowly creeping up the handicap, the punters are keen on this one and today he could make it a hat trick of career wins here.
Our lay runs in the 14:45 at Catterick where Truckers Highway has been on the drift all morning, shifting from 2.35/4 out to 3.211/5. Truckers Highway made it three from three last time out when winning comfortably at Uttoxeter and as a result continues to rise sharply in the handicap. The John Groucott-trained gelding is now well worse off in the handicap from his first of those three victories and it might be wise to start to look elsewhere for the winner in this one. Wolf Sword's jumping suggest he will perform better around a left-handed track like Catterick and should vastly improve from his chase debut, and Nautical Twilight won well last time out at Newcastle and looks much better treated in the handicap for this affair.
Back Jimmy Two Times Each Way @ 13.5 in the 12:45 at Leopardstown
Back Percy Veer @ 5.85/1 in the 13:50 at Lingfield
Lay Truckers Highway @ 3.211/5 in the 14:20 at Catterick