Today's Follow The Money Movers come from the meetings at Ayr, Bangor and Thirsk...
"Pie At Midnight has been backed in to 6.25/1 from [16.0."
In Ayr's Grade 2 Novice Chase, Lidar has drifted out to 4.1 from an earlier 3.55. Alan King's seven-year-old was an emphatic winner of a decent race at Haydock but may find things tougher going up in grade and distance. He never hit the heights over hurdles and comes up against some smart rivals in Pure Faith and Pacha Du Polder, the former can boast top class Aintree form from last weekend while the latter is surely better than he showed last time when the Nicholls stable was under a considerable cloud. Lidar has been soundly beaten whenever trying longer trips in the past, including at Doncaster in March, and any rain beforehand would place even greater emphasis on his suspect stamina.
At Bangor, Pie At Midnight has been backed dramatically in to 6.25/1 from 16.015/1 for the 3m Handicap Hurdle at 15:00
The six-year-old gelding makes his debut for new trainer Sarah Humphrey this afternoon after disappointing in two starts this season, failing to even complete on either occasion. However, if invigorated by his new surroundings then he has a fair chance off a mark of 112, the same rating he carried to victory over course and distance just over a year ago. Furthermore, as a proven soft ground performer he will not be inconvenienced if the forecast showers arrive and ease the going.
In Thirsk's 17:00 1m4f Handicap, Korngold is trading at 3.2011/5 after previously being available at 4.67/2. John Dunlop's promising four-year-old colt showed a liking for this trip last season. He followed a decisive win at Chepstow with an unlucky third at Ripon where he was squeezed out of position at a crucial moment. Both those efforts were off higher marks than here and his progressive profile suggests potential for plenty more improvement if fully tuned up for this campaign opener.
Lay Lidar @ 4.1 Ayr 14:15
Back Pie At Midnight @ 6.25/1 Bangor 15:00
Back Korngold @ 3.211/5 Thirsk 17:00