Welcome to today's Follow The Money, with this afternoon's three selections coming from the meetings at Haydock and Ascot...
We begin with a small positive move in the Haydock 13.00 Mares' Novices' Hurdle Listed race over 2m4f for Keshi Pearl who has been supported in from 7.06/1 to 5.14/1. The fairy useful bumper winner made a pleasing debut over hurdles last time out at Warwick when defying a break of six months, travelling well from just off the pace and drawing clear with something in hand. The market seems to feel that she can handle the penalty she has naturally got for that win and step up in this Listed contest. There appears to be plenty of pace in this race for her to track and her yard, Henry Daly, has sent out three winners in their last eight runners so there are a number of positives to back up the price contraction.
Our lay of the day comes at Ascot in the 14.25 3m1f Long Walk Hurdle, where there has been opposition in the market for At Fishers Cross out from 1.422/5 to 1.715/7. Although seen as the class individual in the race, Timeform have him rated at 170 (admittedly with a p indicating more improvement to come) as opposed to the experienced Reve De Sivola being rated 176. Last time out at Newbury his jumping seemed none too fluent, in fact he almost corkscrewed in the air at a couple, before making a bad mistake two out after which he was eased. This has maybe put a question in the mind of backers and thus caused the drift, and you do have a real mud-lover in Reve De Sivola on your side plus the strong travelling Salubrious, who is likely to trade shorter in the run, as serious opposition.
We finish with the 14.40 2m4f Handicap Hurdle at Haydock where there is a fascinating market move for Storm Brig who has been backed in from 12.011/1 into 8.27/1. Alistair Whillans, who trains the eight-year-old, had a winner on the All Weather with his last runner so this could be a yard coming into form. The horse has been off the track for 790 days but the market is suggesting that he will be fit and ready for his comeback. He has some decent form in the book and, by nature of being off the track for so long, is lightly raced. He has won twice over similar trips as todays, and he has been a horse who has responded well for pressure, so he could well be doing his best work late on. He should get a good pace to come off with the strong travelling front runner Morning Royalty in the field.