Today Follow The Money selections run at Newcastle, Newmarket and Chester
"Matched as high as 15.5, Peter Niven's gelding is currently trading at 7.613/2 and nearly taking 50% of the market. In such a competitive race that sort of support takes some doing."
Our lay runs at Chester in the 15:40, a Maiden over 7f, in the form of the David Menuisier-saddled Sinfonietta who is attracting very little support. Matched as low as 1.574/7 the selection is now available to back at 2.447/5. Highly tried in his native France, the pick of his form was a fifth of ten in a Group 3, however that run was on very soft ground. Chester's tight turns will be far different to the expansive tracks he's used to and with some decent horses in the field we think Sinfonietta is worth taking on today.
We move to the Northumberland Plate (Newcastle, 15:45) for our first positive. In one of the biggest handicap betting heats of the flat season, it's hard to ignore the money piling into Clever Cookie. Matched as high as 15.5, Peter Niven's gelding is currently trading at 7.613/2 and nearly taking 50% of the market. In such a competitive race that sort of support takes some doing. He's been in fine form this season with wins in both his races, most notably taking down Tac De Boistron, a proven Group 1 performer on ground he relishes (albeit receiving 7 pounds). With that in mind this could be a case of a Group horse masquerading in a Handicap so 7.613/2 is still a decent price.
Our final selection runs in the 16:00 at Newmarket. Tahira has been a popular choice of punters in a hot looking affair, moving from 7.32 in to 5.39/2. John Quinn's mare went off the boil at the back end of last season but looked back to her best when second at Haydock over today's trip and with headgear applied. She wasn't beaten far by Mark Johnston's Maid In Rio and getting within two-and-a-bit lengths of a Johnston horse at the moment is a real achievement considering that stable's form. Trying a mile-and-a-half again and with the hood left on we expect Tahira to build on that and take the spoils here.
Lay Sinfonietta @ 2.447/5 in the 15:40 Chester
Back Clever Cookie @ 7.613/2 in the 15:45 Newcastle
Back Tahira @ 5.39/2 in the 16:00 Newmarket
Follow The Money 2015 P/L
Staked: 450 pts
Returned: 481.18 pts
P/L: + 31.18 pts
Based on prices at time of publication, calculated before commission. Correct to end of May.