Today's Follow the Money comes from the meeting at Pontefract and Warwick...
We start today with our each-way selection in the 14:30 at Pontefract, a 1m Handicap. The Karen McLintock-trained Rockwood has come in for good each-way support and has been backed steadily overnight from a high of 11.521/2 in to 6.611/2. The son of Rock of Gibraltar was a surprise winner over C&D earlier in the month and the handicapper has taken a light opinion of that run by only raising him only 2lbs. The six year old is bound to have come on for that run and we feel he can improve on his most recent performance, in what looks a wide open contest. Tom Eaves retains the ride and we see Rockwood going close again and recommend backing him each way at 6.86/1 or better.
Our back selection comes in the 14:50 at Warwick, a 3m Handicap Hurdle. The Kim Bailey-trained Thumb Stone Blues has come in for solid support being backed from 4.77/2 in to 3.39/4 and is now clear favourite. A runner at last year's Punchestown festival who was far from disgraced when running into numerous graded winners this season, before changing hands to the Rooneys, will have been aimed at a summer campaign this year. The son of High Chaparral is sure to appreciate the better ground and in what looks an open race, a mark of 130 looks a winnable one. We recommend backing Thumb Stones Blues to win at 3.259/4.
Our last and final selection comes in the 15:55 at Warwick. The Caroline Bailey-trained Global Dream has been friendless in the market and has drifted from 2.245/4 out to 2.68/5 with warm support coming for Charlie Mann's Morney Wings. The 3m5f stamina test is unsure to suit the favourite and punters have been of this opinion. While only a four-runner race there has been bits of support for the other two rivals also and this does not look as straightforward on paper as it may seem. We recommend laying Global Dream at 2.68/5, as we see the drift continuing.
Back Rockwood each-way @ 6.86/1 in the 14:30 at Pontefract
Back Thumb Stone Blues @ 13.5 in the 14:50 at Warwick
Lay Global Dream @ 2.68/5 in the 15:55 at Warwick
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