The markets have been reviewed and today's three Follow The Money selections come from the meetings at Southwell and Wetherby...
Starting with Wetherby's 3m1f Handicap Chase at 14:45 and the best backed horse has been Beauboreen, now trading at 7.413/2 after previously being available for good money at 12.011/1.
Jennie Candlish's eight-year-old won a 3m2f hurdle on heavy at Huntingdon a year ago so should relish this stamina test in Yorkshire this afternoon. He has been far from foot perfect at his fences so far this season but if his jumping has been tidied up a little he may be capable of springing a surprise at attractive odds. His best effort over the larger obstacles was last time in a similar event at Newcastle where first-time cheekpieces helped him to a solid third place suggesting he maybe warming to this new game. The headgear is retained for this and the money behind the selection is interesting considering he's now slipped down to a mark of 119, 5lb below is hurdle rating.
Staying at Wetherby and Ozzy Thomas has wandered out in the betting to 4.3100/30 from 2.588/5 for the 2m Novice Hurdle at 15:15.
Henry Oliver's five-year-old boasts the standout piece of form on offer here with his second to at Towcester, beaten only four lengths by the subsequent Lanzarote Hurdle winner, now a leading novice hurdle fancy for the Cheltenham Festival. It was an improved effort from the selection but the severe lack of market confidence today suggests he might be greatly flattered by that bare form having shown nothing of note prior to that since his bumper days. Beg To Differ looks a worthy favourite, seeking to build on a promising run last time while Billy Buff is in with a shout too, both hail from top yards and are preferred to the uneasy Ozzy Thomas.
Finally to Southwell for their intriguing 5f Selling Stakes at 15:35 in which Bedloes Island has been well supported into 3.8514/5 from 6.411/2.
It is always encouraging to see money behind one on debut for a new yard so this may be a gamble worth taking notice of. Although at 10 he's not getting any younger the selection can be very capable on his day as proven when winning a course and distance handicap off 84 just over a year ago. It must be pointed out that the gelding is taking a very sizable drop down in class for this modest contest, only last time at this track he was running in a 83-102 Class 2 Handicap when fading out of contention over an unsuitably long 7f. Thorpe Bay is a solid market leader and Baytown Kestrel has claims with her allowance but assuming there's still enough life in the old legs then don't be surprised to see the selection in amongst it at the finish.
Back Beauboreen @ 7.413/2 14:45 Wetherby
Lay Ozzy Thomas @ 4.3100/30 15:15 Wetherby
Back Bedloes Island @ 3.8514/5 15:35 Southwell