Today's Follow The Money focuses on the superb action from the Betfair sponsored card at Haydock with a swift visit to the top -class card at Ascot.
Given the weight disadvantage, ground concerns and the miles on the clock, we think today is the day to oppose Rock On Ruby with his younger, better weighted rivals.
We start off with today's Each-Way selection and Paul Nicholl's Alcala fits the bill perfectly in the Betfair Fixed Brush Handicap Hurdle (Haydock, 14:25). Opening up at 20.019/1 he has now virtually halved in the market in to 11.010/1. He slips into this race at the bottom of the weights and had a recent spin over hurdles at Cheltenham which should see him improve. Nicholls sounded fairly optimistic in his Betfair column, saying: 'If I had known he would squeeze into this race at the foot of the handicap then I wouldn't have run him at Cheltenham last Friday where he was doing all his best work at the finish behind the winner Shantou Village. The handicapper left him on the same mark of 126 after that which is a bonus. Alcala is another to benefit from a wind op last summer and then bounced back to form with a runaway success at Worcester. He is going the right way at home, is improving like a lot of mine and I'd like to think he has a sporting chance here at a decent price.'
And that's definitely enough to tempt us in each-way.
We head over to Ascot for today's lay selection where Rock On Ruby has been an early morning negative in the Ascot Hurdle at 14:40, drifting from an opening 2.486/4 to 2.8415/8. The former Champion Hurdle winner is dropping back in trip today from three miles and, while that is sure to suit, he may well struggle to concede weight to the field on ground which is probably starting to go against him. He is conceding 8lb to Market rival Brother Tedd who also has the benefit of being four years younger than Harry Fry's veteran. And Brother Tedd is by no means the only danger - the rest of the field all seem to have a good chance if turning up on the top of their game. Given the weight disadvantage, ground concerns and the miles on the clock, we think today is the day to oppose Rock On Ruby with his younger, better weighted rivals.
Finally we head back over to Haydock for the main race of the day, the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at 15:00. It is Cue Card who has come in for the support this morning so far and his position has strengthened from 4.1 in to 3.7511/4. Winner of this race in 2013 his struggles since that comfortable win have been well documented, however, he has had an operation to correct this and he bounced back well last time to win the Charlie Hall comfortably showing his old class. Silviniaco Conti is a strong favourite and racing fans will be hoping that today could be the revival of what looked set to be a great rivalry between the pair. Cue Card demolish the field in this in 2013 when at the peak of his powers, including Silviniaco Conti and for that reason many punters seem hopeful that a Colin Tizzard's rejuvenated runner can repeat the trick. It will be a fascinating contest but hopefully Cue Card can get the job done for the backers and set up an even more fascinating King George Chase on Boxing Day.
Back Alcala Each-Way @ 11.010/1 in the 14:25 at Haydock
Lay Rock On Ruby @ 2.829/5 in the 14:40 at Ascot
Back Cue Card @ 3.7511/4 in the 15:00 at Haydock
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Follow The Money October P&L
Staked 93.0 pts
Returned 126.78 pts
P/L + 33.78 pts
For October, calculated before commission, based on prices at time of publication