After striking with 9/1, 5/2 and 2/1 winners on Saturday, our man O'Malley kicks off the week ahead with a strong looking fancy up in Ponte...
Jimmy Greenhough did well to get into a challenging position from a wide draw last time out and is perhaps the chief threat to the selection here. But he was brushed aside from his mark of 56 by the favourite, having had the run of things from early on. The second favourite is 2lb higher here at a tricky course and there’s no guarantee a repeat performance will see him get closer to winning. One To Go has a bit to find on speed figures, while My Boy Lewis is difficult to have much faith in, having run very poorly on two of his last three starts. Eve Johnston Houghton’s Garrison Commander has fair E/w claims on the back of a decent run at Brighton last time out, while Li Kui could improve on his seasonal return at Newmarket, but he didn’t convince with his overall attitude.
I am a sucker for an in-form filly and the Michael Dods trained Mecca’s Gift is just that. This 3yo Dark Angel filly came of age at Hamilton last time out, stretching seven lengths clear of her rivals inside the final furlong to score impressively; in a good time to boot. How much the form is worth remains to be seen, but in terms of that run from A to B, she will be mightily difficult to deny today under a 6lb penalty. The Dods stable is ticking over well so far this Summer and although his Pontefract record is only moderate, Mecca’s Gift appears to be the ideal candidate to improve things at the quirky West Yorkshire venue.
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