The markets have been reviewed on a busy day of racing, and the Follow The Money team have come up with three selections from the meetings at Market Rasen, Newmarket, and Haydock...
Our first selection comes in the 13:45 2m1f juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen, where Couloir Extreme has been backed from a high of 18.017/1 in to 8.27/1. This 3yo was in excellent form on the flat earlier in the year, posting a good second to Duroble Man at Brighton before winning a pair of Windsor handicaps in decisive fashion in June. He has since put in a couple of slightly disappointing efforts at Goodwood and Kempton but it is entirely possible that he will bounce back on his hurdling debut today. There are several other big yards amongst today's opposition but the horses at the head of the market appear to be similar types and the money for Couloir Extreme suggests that a big run is expected.
Today's lay comes in the form of Berkshire in the Royal Lodge Stakes at 14:00 Newmarket, out to a price of 2.3211/8 having been matched as low as 1.910/11 early doors. Paul Cole's 2yo is prominent in the betting for next year's 2000 Guineas after putting his Chesham rivals to the sword at Royal Ascot, beating some useful looking horses in the process. However the colt hasn't been seen since June and is a big drifter today. There has also been a lot of support for one of his rivals, namely Somewhat. Mark Johnston's colt finished fourth behind Berkshire at Royal Ascot but has done nothing but improve since, posting a good second in a Group 2 in July before winning a Listed race at Newbury with any amount in hand in August. This is clearly the choice of the punters today, so lay is the call for Berkshire.
Our final selection comes from Haydock in the 1m handicap at 17:50, where Short Squeeze has been backed from 2.87 in to 2.0421/20. Hugo Palmer's 3yo could hardly have been more impressive at York last time, bolting in by 3.5 lengths. He has since been hit with a 12lb rise but he won so well last time that he looks capable of going in again. The presence of several front runners in the field should give him a good pace to aim at and if the money is anything to go by then jockey Martin Dwyer just has a steering job on his hands.