Today's Follow The Money comes from the meetings at Brighton and Newcastle.
"Bridge Of Sighs likes to be held up and as long as he doesn't encounter traffic problems we fully expect to see the Martin Smith-trained gelding to finish to good effect and land this trappy contest."
We start at Newcastle where Zymyran has been an uneasy favourite in the opener at 14:10, his price drifting from an early 2.588/5 out to 3.211/5. Although David Simcock's juvenile won well last time out, we feel the 5lb rise in the weights makes him vulnerable against some improving sorts today. His opponents include Davys Dilemma from the in-form Michael Dods yard, who has been well supported in the market this morning, while Springwood could add to his recent course win and should appreciate the step up in distance today. A lay bet on Zymyran is the call.
Over at Brighton we find our main win bet where Bridge Of Sighs has been a warm order to win the 14.50 race, his price contracting from 7.96 in to 5.85/1. Although our pick has yet to win on the turf (he has four victories on the all-weather), he has shown good enough form on this surface to suggest he will feature prominently in today's race - most notably when finishing runner up in a competitive handicap at Sandown over today's trip in May. Bridge Of Sighs likes to be held up and as long as he doesn't encounter traffic problems we fully expect to see the Martin Smith-trained gelding to finish to good effect and land this trappy contest.
Returning to Newcastle for our each-way selection, we notice plenty of confidence in Qaffaal's chances in the 16:20, he is now trading at 7.06/1 from an opening 12.5. His recent form hasn't been too much to shout about but this race represents a drop in class and it looks as if the handicapper has given the gelding a chance this afternoon. Today's all-weather surface should hold no fears, he ran a couple of good races at Wolverhampton in April and we fully expect a bold showing from him to a least reach a place. An each-way bet is the call here.
Lay Zymyran @ 3.211/5 in the 14:10 at Newcastle
Back Bridge Of Sighs @ 5.85/1 in the 14:50 at Brighton
Back Qaffaal each-way @ 7.06/1 in the 16:20 at Newcastle
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