A brief round-up of which horses have been popular with punters so far today
In Exeter’s opening novices’ hurdle, IF THE CAP FITS is a well-backed favourite. Noel Fehily takes the ride for Harry Fry on a five-year-old who was last seen finishing fourth in the Grade 2 bumper at the Grand National meeting in April after two impressive wins in the same sphere. The second that day Enniscoffey Oscar also runs today but it’s the Fry horse punters have sided with. 11/8 on first showing, the market support has seen his odds slashed to 8/13 with some firms.
In the second race at Worcester there has been money for THE YANK at double-figure odds. A four-time winner over the larger obstacles, David Bridgewater’s eight-year-old was last seen finishing fourth of 11 at Stratford 33 days ago. As big as 20/1 with some firms last night, he’s more than halved in price since and is as short as 11/2 with one bookie (best price 15/2).
In the 1m7f handicap at Ayr BUONARROTI has been backed into favouritism. A winner at today’s track in the past, he was only beaten a length into second on his latest outing over 1m4f at Haydock 13 days ago. He’s only raced over as far as today’s trip three times in the past beating just six rival in the process. However, that doesn’t appear to have deterred punters who have backed the six-year-old in from 7/1 to 7/2 joint-favourite.
In the 19.45 maiden at Chelmsford there is money for FOOTMAN. Trained by Richard Hughes, the three-year-old is yet to get off the mark from eight starts but has placed in four of those races including when six lengths clear of the rest when runner-up over course and distance 14 days ago. 4/1 on first showing, some firms are now just 2/1 (best price 11/4).