Today's Follow the Money comes from the meetings at Catterick and Lingfield.
"Scottish Vespers looks thoroughly exposed after three moderate efforts."
We start with a positive in the 14:40 at Lingfield where David Lanigan's Labienus has been steadily supported in to 4.03/1 from 5.39/2. This looks like a good opportunity to lose his maiden tag at the second attempt after showing some ability in a Class 5 Sandown maiden despite running green. The trainer's runners invariably come on for their first run and the market vibes suggest significant improvement is expected from this expensive yearling purchase by Compton Place. This Class 6 looks a weaker proposition than his first race and connections might feel disappointed if he can't score today.
Our next market positive is up at Catterick in the 15:30 where the in-form Tim Easterby is represented by the heavily backed Lost In Paris 7.413/2 in to 4.1. These old sprinters seem to take it in turns winning and this could be the turn of this 6yo son of Elusive City. This gelding has plenty in his favour: he is a course and distance winner, 3lb below his last winning mark and the return to a fast surface will suit him more than most.
The negative move of the day is Sir Michael Stoute's Scottish Vespers who has drifted from 2.01/1 out to 2.466/4 in the 15:40 at Lingfield. Looking thoroughly exposed after three moderate efforts, punters feel that one of the other powerful stables in the race might have something up their sleeve. The step up in trip and the application of a visor look to offer some hope to connections but on the evidence of his recent Brighton run Ryan Moore will have his work cut out to get this fella in the winners' enclosure.