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Into The Sky Pontefract Marathon Handicap (Round 2 Of The Pontefract Stayers’ Championship 2023)

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 2m 5f 139y
  • Class 6
  • 10 runners
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Into The Sky Pontefract Marathon Handicap (Round 2 Of The Pontefract Stayers’ Championship 2023)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 4/369-

Last run: 198 days

W: 9st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced on the Flat and should have potential off this mark in view of his ability over hurdles; however, he was well beaten last year in his two Flat handicaps and needs a much bigger run today.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:15 Market Rasen

Giovanni Change

12st 1lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mark Walford

Had won on the Flat the previous month when winning this 12 months ago by a neck off 2lb lower; does go well fresh and was running well at the backend of last year.

9/2

2nd

1

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 89y

Class 4

13:47 Market Rasen

Giovanni Change

12st 1lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mark Walford

Has his off-days but he's usually reliable around here and found just one too good over hurdles on his latest visit; could go well off his lower chase mark on just his third run over fences, having been a flattering second in his final one.

13/8

11/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 343-86

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

10yo whose Flat/hurdles form has gone the wrong way, but his sixth of nine at Southwell (2m, AW) this month was a step back in the right direction, and he could be suited by the greater emphasis on stamina today; represents an in-form yard and could be a contender.

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Distance / Class
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Verdict Starting price

6th

2

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Didtheyleaveuoutto

11st 11lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

Continues to drop down the weights and he didn't run badly when fifth of eight at Kelso (2m6f, soft) last month; one to watch in the betting but this 11yo needs to raise his game to return to winning ways.

16/1

5th

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Didtheyleaveuoutto

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Won a Cartmel handicap (2m6f, good; wore cheekpieces) off this mark last July; in with a chance when taking a heavy fall two out here (3m2f, good) in September but he's not fired in his last two runs; has something to prove again and he's ideally suited by quicker ground.

20/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 4876-2

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

0-9 but ran best race yet when going close in first-time cheekpieces at Redcar (2m, soft) a fortnight ago, when 15l clear of the third Visite Officielle; could have more to offer in the headgear and he's also effective on good ground; on the shortlist.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

(8)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

18:40 Ripon

Tarbat Ness

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: John Berry

switched sharply right soon after start, held up in rear, steady headway and going easily 3f out, went second over 1f out, chased clear leader inside final furlong, kept on but no match for winner

9/2

4th

4

(7)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 6

18:20 Catterick

Tarbat Ness

9st 7lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: John Berry

Plenty of good runs over 2m last term, including a win off 5lb lower at Ffos Las in September (soft); fair run at Wolverhampton on reappearance when blinkers were tried; regular cheekpieces back on here; a possible despite drop in trip.

5/1

Form: /948-3

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

Fair fourth over 2m2f here (good to soft) last October and now 4lb lower; however, she was well beaten by the first two when third at Redcar (2m, soft) a fortnight ago when fit from hurdling; others appeal more.

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7th

6

(2)

15th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 189y

Class 5

15:50 Catterick

Visite Officielle

8st 12lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Ex-French mare who was again beaten a fair way at Pontefract last time when having Vintage Valley behind over 2m5.6f; is on a competitive mark now though.

12/1

4th

6

(6)

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 139y

Class 6

16:10 Pontefract

Visite Officielle

9st 7lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Fair fourth over 2m2f here (good to soft) last October and now 4lb lower; however, she was well beaten by the first two when third at Redcar (2m, soft) a fortnight ago when fit from hurdling; others appeal more.

12/1

3rd

2

(2)

10th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 217y

Class 6

15:26 Redcar

Visite Officielle

9st 9lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

1-23 in France and 0-7 in Britain; hurdling hasn't worked out (refused to race on penultimate appearance, tailed off latest) and her one piece of solid handicap form last season is not enough to persuade.

11/1

7/1

Form: 71060- CD

Last run: 185 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

Disappointing on final three runs last season (two of them here) and returns with something to prove, but perhaps the break will have helped and he was a commanding winner of this race last year (good to soft); also scored on good ground last June; capable of playing a leading role if back on song.

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7th

7

(1)

9th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 2y

Class 5

15:30 Pontefract

Dereham

9st 3lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: John Berry

slowly away, pushed along early, in rear

10/1

5th

2

(5)

21st Sep 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 27y

Class 5

16:20 Pontefract

Dereham

9st 10lb

J: Harry Davies

T: John Berry

slowly away, raced in last

11/2

2nd

2

(1)

9th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 6f 17y

Class 6

17:50 Yarmouth

Dereham

11st 2lb

J: Mr Ross Birkett

T: John Berry

C&D winner; strong stayer who was winning the same Newmarket handicap (2m) for the second season in succession when narrowly scoring six weeks ago; 3lb rise shouldn't prevent another big run with a top amateur booked.

5/2

OUR TIP

14/1

Form: 418777

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Won off this mark at Southwell (1m6f, AW) in February and he's run well over an extended 2m2f there in the past; however, he's failed to fire on AW on his last four starts and needs to get back to his best.

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10th

11

(3)

27th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Kittens Dream

9st 0lb

J: Elisha Whittington

T: Scott Dixon

Triple Tapeta winner (1m6f/2m), who is well treated on his old form but losing run is up to 26 and he's been well held at big prices in all eight runs this year; no appeal.

40/1

9th

12

(6)

12th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Kittens Dream

9st 0lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Scott Dixon

slowly away, in rear

33/1

13/2

Form: 2-2245

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Just one win from his 26 starts across both codes but he kept on to go very close over hurdles at Ayr (2m4f, good) last month and has posted fair efforts on the Flat (2m, AW) the last twice; he's an each-way possible.

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7th

9

(5)

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 139y

Class 6

16:10 Pontefract

Smart Boyo

8st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Philip Kirby

Just one win from his 26 starts across both codes but he kept on to go very close over hurdles at Ayr (2m4f, good) last month and has posted fair efforts on the Flat (2m, AW) the last twice; he's an each-way possible.

13/2

5th

7

(1)

18th Apr 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Smart Boyo

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Philip Kirby

took keen hold early, midfield, pushed along and some headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

4/1

4th

2

(5)

27th Mar 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

15:45 Lingfield (AW)

Smart Boyo

9st 5lb

J: Madi Patzelt

T: Philip Kirby

Strong traveller who doesn't always find a lot and has only won once (this time last year in first-time blinkers); has been in good form over hurdles, however, and has been found the right race under a 7lb claimer.

2/1

Form: /0354-

Last run: 195 days

W: 9st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Something to prove regarding current form as she was a long way below her best over hurdles this winter; however, she's had a break and this strong stayer could prove suited by today's marathon test; not ruled out.

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11

16th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Tomorrows Angel

10st 7lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

Badly out of form over hurdles during the winter and also struggled in a recent Flat marathon; very difficult to enthuse over at present.

33/1

8th

7

(10)

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 139y

Class 6

16:10 Pontefract

Tomorrows Angel

9st 3lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tristan Davidson

Something to prove regarding current form as she was a long way below her best over hurdles this winter; however, she's had a break and this strong stayer could prove suited by today's marathon test; not ruled out.

9/1

5th

11

14th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Tomorrows Angel

10st 7lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

Has modest 1-19 strike-rate over hurdles and was always towards rear on her last three appearances; needs to turn things around.

33/1

Form: 585-62

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Won good-ground juvenile hurdle last October and returned to form back on the Flat at Southwell (2m, AW) recently, finishing second; stamina to prove today but could be in the mix if seeing it out.

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6th

4

(1)

15th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 189y

Class 5

15:50 Catterick

Vintage Valley

9st 5lb

J: David Nolan

T: Donald McCain

Very patchy under both codes and his best Flat efforts have come on Tapeta; probably didn't see out an extended 2m5f last time but doesn't make much appeal either way.

10/1

9th

2

(3)

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 139y

Class 6

16:10 Pontefract

Vintage Valley

9st 11lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Donald McCain

Won good-ground juvenile hurdle last October and returned to form back on the Flat at Southwell (2m, AW) recently, finishing second; stamina to prove today but could be in the mix if seeing it out.

5/1

2nd

6

(4)

6th Apr 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Vintage Valley

9st 8lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Donald McCain

Winning hurdler in October but disappointing since then under both codes; others preferred.

14/1

14/1

Form: 786-36 C

Last run: 92 days

W: 8st 9lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Won 1m2f course maiden in 2017 and fair runs over hurdles the last twice; however, that recent form is modest and probably best to look elsewhere.

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6th

8

(8)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 6

17:25 Newcastle (AW)

Misscarlett

8st 9lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Philip Kirby

in rear on outer

66/1

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Payout
Exacta £446.00
Straight Forecast £380.60
Tricast £1182.80
Trifecta £2076.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Tarbat Ness

RP Ratings:

Didtheyleaveuoutto

D Express:

Vintage Valley

The Times:

Dereham

Daily Record:

Vintage Valley

The Guardian:

Tarbat Ness

Daily Mirror:

Tarbat Ness

The Star:

Tarbat Ness

Daily Mail:

Dereham

POSTDATA:

Didtheyleaveuoutto

Telegraph:

Didtheyleaveuoutto