Empire backed for HQ rule

  • By: Michael Shinners
  • Last Updated: July 18 2014, 17:01 BST

Michael Shinners with the latest market movers, price boosts and a trader's tip from Sky Bet ahead of today's action.

James Doyle: Rides the well-backed Zain Empire at HQ
James Doyle: Rides the well-backed Zain Empire at HQ

Friday's Market Movers:


15:15 – Fast Track 7/4 from 4/1

Carries top weight but takes a marked drop in class and no surprise to see him so short.

17:25 – Kuwait Star 2/1 from 7/2

Back to form at Carlisle last time and Jacob Butterfield keeps the ride.


15:30 – Barracuda Boy 5/1 from 9/1

Couldn't land a blow in the Wokingham last month but this event should be more to his liking.

17:05 – Hostile Fire 11/2 from 7/1

Left all previous form behind with opening success at Warwick and a 6lb rise may not be enough to halt him.


14:00 – Marshall Jennings 2/1 from 11/4

Very promising second on debut and clearly expected to be sharper for that outing.

15:05 – Cay Dancer 9/4 from 9/2

Another Richard Hannon runner proving extremely popular at the trainer's local track.

16:15 – Flying Bear 11/4 from 7/2

Ryan Moore booked for the first time and that hasn't been lost on punters.


18:50 – Zain Empire 5/1 from 8/1

Made no mistake first time out at Carlisle and an opening mark of 75 is clearly considered fair my someone.

20:25 – Soviet Courage 7/4 from 5/2

Always worth noting when Moore teams up with William Haggas and this gelding looks to be getting the hang of things.


19:00 – Dark Amber 11/4 from 4/1

Went close under Kieren Fallon at Windsor and punters expect them to atone for that near miss here.

21:05 – Solar Spirit 11/2 from 12/1

Couldn't keep up with front-runner at Carrick last time but he remains fairly treated on the pick of his form.


19:10 – Bunce 10/1 from 14/1

In-form rider Joe Fanning is back in the plate and he rode this gelding to victory at Musselburgh last month.

20:45 – Unfinishedbusiness 5/1 from 10/1

Trainer Richard Fahey can do little wrong at present and some improvement is obviously expected here.

Today's Price Boosts:

6.40 Hamilton – Songye

6.55 Kilbeggan – The Black Russian

7.00 Pontefract – Hoop of Colour

8.25 Newmarket – Soviet Courage

4.25 Haydock – Maid In Rio (WON)

3.40 Newbury  - Limato (WON)

1.50 Nottingham  - Cool Strutter

Trader's Tip:

3.15 Haydock – Fast Track

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....