The Follow The Money team round-up last week's key races with the Epsom Derby and Oaks in mind, while also noting a market move ahead of Sunday's 1000 Guineas...
"As a result of this success, the son of the prolific Group 1 winner Midday has been clipped in the Derby betting from 12.011/1 in to 6.611/2."
With the summer fast approaching, we are only a week away from the Guineas meeting at Newmarket, and after the Craven meeting two weeks ago you would expect a bit of quiet before the storm. However this has not been the case.
Punters are now desperately looking for clues towards the The Derby meeting in a little over five weeks' time and with Trials days at both Epsom and Sandown last week it did not disappoint.
On Wednesday we witnessed the Investec Derby Trial over 1m 2f at Epsom and although this race may have been billed as a Derby Trial it is more likely to have had a bearing on The Oaks as the John Gosden-trained filly So Mi Dar (daughter of the Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi) beat the colts to score a famous success under Frankie Dettori.
The well bred filly, who was making just her second start having won a maiden race at Windsor back in October, was delivered with a sweeping challenge down the outside and she readily held off the late challenge of the Richard Hannon-trained Humphrey Bogart to win by a neck.
Gosden was understandably delighted with the run and the manner in which she handled the track and outlined future plans which include going for the Musidora at York before coming back for The Oaks in which she has been heavily backed in to 7.87/1 from a high of 32.031/1.
Back in the field the Aiden O'Brien-trained Claudio Monteverdi, who was as low as 17.5 for the Derby, drifted out to 140.0139/1 having not quickened and weakening in the final furlong having gone off as favourite for the trial.
On Friday we saw Midterm set out his Derby intentions at Sandown Park in the Group 3 Classic Trial over 1m2f. The Khalid Abdullah-owned colt was held up in midfield before being shaken up to lead over 1f and despite being pressed by Algometer he asserted over the final 100 yards to win by one and half lengths.
Connections were understandably delighted with the display and jockey Ryan Moore was first out of the blocks with his praise. "I thought it was a really professional performance," the rider said. "We went a good, even pace and he travelled nicely".
Sir Michael Stoute who trains the colt outlined plans to go either Chester or York before heading to Epsom Downs for the big race describing the horse as a "beautiful athlete with a great pedigree".
As a result of this success, the son of the prolific Group 1 winner Midday has been clipped in the Derby betting from 12.011/1 in to 6.611/2. The runner-up Algometer had no extra to give in the final furlong although he did come in to 60.059/1 from 175.0.
Looking ahead to this week's 1000 Guineas, last year's Prix Marcel Boussac winner Ballydoyle is on track to join her stablemate and ante-post favourite Minding in Sunday's showpiece after pleasing trainer Aidan O'Brien in a piece of Saturday work.
Ballydoyle has not run since she romped home in the Group 1 at Longchamp last October and O'Brien told Channel 4 Racing of Saturday's work, "That was lovely, you'd have to be very happy. On that piece of work, we'd be very happy to run in the English Guineas."
With the result of that pleasing bit of work her price has been cut from 11.521/2 in to 8.07/1. It certainly would not be a surprise should we have a AP O'Brien 1-2 in the big race next Sunday.
So Mi Dar 32.031/1 in to 7.413/2
Midterm 12.011/1 in to 6.611/2
Algometer 175.0 in to 60.059/1
Claudio Monteverdi 17.5 out to 140.0139/1
Ballydoyle 11.521/2 in to 8.07/1