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Michael Shinners with the latest market movers, price boosts and a trader's tip from Sky Bet ahead of today's action.
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Friday's Market Movers:
Carries top weight but takes a marked drop in class and no surprise to see him so short.
Back to form at Carlisle last time and Jacob Butterfield keeps the ride.
Couldn't land a blow in the Wokingham last month but this event should be more to his liking.
Left all previous form behind with opening success at Warwick and a 6lb rise may not be enough to halt him.
Very promising second on debut and clearly expected to be sharper for that outing.
Another Richard Hannon runner proving extremely popular at the trainer's local track.
Ryan Moore booked for the first time and that hasn't been lost on punters.
Made no mistake first time out at Carlisle and an opening mark of 75 is clearly considered fair my someone.
Always worth noting when Moore teams up with William Haggas and this gelding looks to be getting the hang of things.
Went close under Kieren Fallon at Windsor and punters expect them to atone for that near miss here.
Couldn't keep up with front-runner at Carrick last time but he remains fairly treated on the pick of his form.
In-form rider Joe Fanning is back in the plate and he rode this gelding to victory at Musselburgh last month.
Trainer Richard Fahey can do little wrong at present and some improvement is obviously expected here.
Today's Price Boosts:
3.40 Newbury - Limato (WON)
After a pleasing return to action this year in a very warm three-year-old handicap at Newmarket last month, Fast Track looks a good bet to win at Haydock.
Slightly hampered on the July course, the way David Barron's lightly-raced gelding finished augurs well for today's step up in trip.
However, it isn't until you look at the substance of the form of that Newmarket race before you start thinking about having your biggest bet of the year.
The winner, Extortionist, was successful again next time out in Group 3 company - and no less that five of the six horses that have run since have won. It must be the hottest three-year-old handicap of the year.
Take into account the fact that today's selection was unlucky not to finish closer, Fast Track steps down two classes, is up in trip a furlong, and with ground to suit he surely has to go close before going on to bigger and better things.
A Group horse running off 85? What can go wrong? I'm sure I've heard that somewhere before....