It's a Haydock special today with all three of the Follow The Money selections coming from the Merseyside venue...
Our lay of the day is Thunderstorm who arrives at Haydock in the 14:40. He has drifted from a low of 2.021/1 out to 2.35/4. The eight-year-old hails from the Phillip Hobbs stable and comes into the race today seeking his sixth successive win. He won last time out by a half-length with what seemed like a lot in hand. However, he has been raised 38lbs since his first win this season, and today's rivals are a lot better than the ones he has been beating. Especially Seymour Eric who himself is also on a very good winning streak. Although Seymour Eric is racing off top weight today; the 3lbs claim from Ian Popham should be enough to make this very competitive. So from the current prices a chance has to be taken on the handicapper having caught Thunderstorm and his winning streak coming to an end today.
Our first back selection is Spiekeroog who runs in the 15:45 at Haydock. The David O`Meara seven-year-old has been backed from a high of 10.09/1 into 6.86/1. Spiekeroog has been off the track for a total of 389 days, however in July 2011 he was a very credible fourth on the flat at York after spending nearly two years off the track. So the long absence should be seen as a positive as he clearly goes well fresh. His form over hurdles before the recent long layoff is well respected, with his only win coming when beating Bourne who subsequently landed a very competitive handicap at Ascot next time out. One more positive to note would be the booking of Jason Maguire who rides Haydock better than anybody out there.
The next back selection is Mr Moonshine in the 16:20 at Haydock. The Sue Smith trained nine-year-old has been backed from 6.86/1 into 4.47/2 and arrives here 5lbs lower than when 11 lengths behind Gold Cup 5th Cape Tribulation and seven in front of last time out winner Ballyoliver. A line can be drawn through the Geldings previous run as the step up to 3m looked slightly too far. So with the selection having a course win to his name, the step back in trip, and now being dropped down to a favourable mark, today could be the day to be on the right side of Mr Moonshine.