Today's Follow The Money comes from Wetherby and Navan.
On what is a relatively quiet Sunday after Newmarket's fantastic Craven meeting, and just before the conclusion of the Irish jumps season at Punchestown, we kick things off at Wetherby in the opening race of the card (14:10). Magnolia Ridge has been well backed this morning from a high of 11.010/1 to now be trading at just 7.206/1. The selection runs off a very lowly mark and gets lumps of weight off just about all off his rivals, and should go close in conditions similar to his last win.
We stay at Wetherby for today's back bet, which goes in the next race on the card (14:40). The Rebecca Menzies-trained Vodka Wells has been very well backed from a high of 5.309/2 to the current 3.1511/5 in this four-runner contest. This horse comes here off the back of a much improved effort on his last start when reverting to fences. A few sketchy jumps cost him when trying to make all over what now looks an inadequate trip of two miles but today's three miles should be ideal. He is unquestionably well in off his current rating and we recommend backing him at the 3.1511/5 currently available.
Finally to Navan for our lay which is Aidan O'Brien's star stayer, Order Of St George. Although being well clear of the field on official ratings, Order Of St George takes on seven rivals all but one of whom have the benefit of a run coming in here. This looks the prefect starting point for Order of St George's season in a race Aidan has nothing short of farmed in recent years, but today's lay strikes us as a horse that will need racing to get fit as have other stars of Ballydoyle (Alice Springs and US Army Ranger both beaten at short odds on seasonal debut). With much bigger targets in mind and some rivals thoroughly unexposed at the trip, especially the now Jessica Harrington-trained Torcedor who was fantastic when winning on seasonal debut, we recommend laying O'Brien's runner at this price.
Back Magnolia Ridge Each way in the 14:10 Wetherby @ 7.206/1
Back Vodka Wells in the 14:40 Wetherby @ 3.1511/5
Lay Order Of St George in the 16:25 Navan @ 2.245/4
Follow The Money March P/L
Points staked: 93
Points returned: 82.86