The markets have been reviewed and today's three Follow The Money selections come from the meetings at Lingfield and Leopardstown...
We start with our lay of the day. Westwood Hoe has been easy to back this morning in the 12:45 at Lingfield, drifting from 1.618/13 out to 2.265/4.
Turned over at long odds on in a weak looking race earlier in the month at Wolverhampton beaten over three lengths, it looks like punters are giving up on him and are prepared to take him on at a very skinny price considering what he's shown in his two runs thus far. Dukes Meadow who showed signs of promise on debut, may have gone close with an unhindered run and the Richard Hannon trained Filosofo may also prove stiff opposition to our selection, so a lay is the call.
Our first positive runs in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown 13:50. Zaidpour has been well backed, from a high of 7.87/1 in to 6.86/1.
The Willie Mullins trained gelding took this race last year and the money would suggest that he's primed to make it two in a row. With Ruby Walsh opting to take the ride on Zaidpour rather than the Talented Briar Hill this can only be a good sign. With the ground and trip, he well relish, our selection will surely be in the mix and give us a good run for our money.
Our final selection runs in the big race at Leopardstown,the 14:55 Lexus Chase. In a very open looking renewal there has been good support for Road To Riches 8.27/1 in to 7.413/2.
Already a Grade One winner this season at Down Royal in November where he put some of today's rivals to the sword in a fine front running display. He jumped slightly left handed that day so today's track should suit him better. He's handled heavy ground before in his career, so that will not be an excuse and with last year's winner Bobs Worth and favourite not having a prep run this season, this could be a great opportunity for Noel Meade's charge to climb the chasing ladder and be a serious contender for one of the Grade 1 chases at Cheltenham in March.
Lay Westwood Hoe @ 2.265/4 in the 12:45 @ Lingfield
Back Zaidpour @ 6.86/1 in the 13:50 @ Leopardstown
Back Road To Riches @ 7.413/2 in the 14:55 @ Leopardstown