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17:45 Pontefract

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Sky Bet Sunday Series Middle-Distance Handicap

  • Prize money: £16492.8
  • 1m 4f 5y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Sky Bet Sunday Series Middle-Distance Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/2 (Won)

Form: 326-21

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Won once in 2021, once in 2022 and scored again when last seen at Hamilton (1m3f) six weeks ago launching a late challenge; up 5lb on the strength of that career-best form and this return to a longer trip should be fine; unraced on good to firm; has a shout if the ground is suitable.

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9th

6

(6)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 2f 50y

17:35 Cork

Derry Lad

9st 4lb

J: Nathan Crosse

T: Kevin Thomas Coleman

Likes it soft but proved his versatility when winning twice on better ground in Britain last summer; off since fair hurdles run over Christmas and likely to be better for this outing.

10/1

8th

18

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Derry Lad

10st 4lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Kevin Thomas Coleman

towards rear

20/1

10/1

Form: 155-23

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Can make the running; inconsistent last season but won twice; career-best form placed at Pontefract (his only visit here) and Redcar in his two runs this term; made all over Windsor's 11.4f last term but below form (raced freely) on sole attempt at 1m4f; a player if he stays this time.

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3rd

5

(3)

17th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 2

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

WoottonSun

9st 5lb

J: David Nolan

T: Richard Fahey

Had been enjoying a consistent season prior to a poor one at York in August, when said to have run flat; the break could have helped but he's 9lb higher than when winning at Haydock, so will need a career best on just his second AW start.

8/1

12th

2

(10)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

WoottonSun

9st 12lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Richard Fahey

Going great guns this term, including with his Old Newton Cup win at Haydock (1m4f, good to firm) and going oh so close in a Shergar Cup race at Ascot 13 days ago; up another 5lb but it's hard to keep him out of the picture, bidding to end Paul Hanagan's superb riding career on a winning note.

6/1

2nd

12

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

14:45 Ascot

WoottonSun

9st 4lb

T: Richard Fahey

Reserve; below form at this meeting last year; going great guns this season with three places prior to his win from Scampi in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock (1m4f, good to firm; probably okay on good to soft) five weeks ago; up another 5lb but needs plenty of respect.

11/1

Form: 452124 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Snapped a losing sequence when easily winning at Thirsk (1m4f, good to firm) this month; beaten a head in three-runner race nine days later and fair fourth of 19 in amateurs' race at York three days after that; one of many in-form contenders.

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6th

2

(1)

7th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 140y

Class 5

14:00 Haydock

Bollin Margaret

11st 4lb

J: Mr Thomas Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

Form has been in and out this season, but she made it three wins for the campaign (1m4f/1m2f) when landing an apprentice handicap at Ripon last Tuesday and she escapes a penalty today; has to be in calculations.

7/2

1st

8

(5)

29th Aug 2023

Good

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

14:15 Ripon

Bollin Margaret

9st 11lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

took keen hold, prominent, switched right over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well final 110yds, always doing enough

14/1

7th

11

(4)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 99y

Class 3

19:30 Windsor

Bollin Margaret

8st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Tim Easterby

midfield

18/1

Form: 644-16 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Ridden by Harry Davies this season, with improved form to win at Newmarket (good) on first occasion; might have been placed at Epsom (again 1m2f; good to firm) 16 days later but for being checked just inside the final 1f; needs to find a bit more but he's lightly raced, progressive and will stay 1m4f; shortlisted.

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4th

4

(5)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Fox Journey

9st 9lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Sir Michael Stoute

in touch with leaders

2/1

3rd

7

(4)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

14:25 York

Fox Journey

9st 0lb

J: William Buick

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Made it 2-4 in handicaps when winning at Newbury (1m4f, good) last month and soft ground may not have suited at Glorious Goodwood; he's just the type his trainer excels with and the step up in trip could prompt further progress, with half-brother Forza Orta having won over 2m here on Wednesday.

12/1

10/1

Form: 238-53 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Won twice last May and has run mostly with credit since, including when third of nine at Goodwood (1m4f, first run on good to firm) on latest start; needs to find a bit extra, though.

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2nd

1

(6)

6th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 4

17:05 Kempton (AW)

Haseefah

10st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Won two 1m4f handicaps on turf for this yard last May; the handicapper has been in command this season but this represents a drop in class and she can't be ruled out.

8/1

5th

4

(4)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:50 Goodwood

Haseefah

9st 6lb

J: George Bass

T: Alan King

Has gained all Flat wins at up to 1m4f, including here; failed to convince with stamina over 1m6f at Newmarket (good) last month; still has something to prove at this trip.

12/1

7th

3

(8)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Newmarket (July)

Haseefah

9st 4lb

J: George Bass

T: Alan King

Handicapper caught up after her two 1m4f wins in May 2022 but she continues to run with credit; not proven beyond 1m4f but it now looks worth a go and there are probably no ground worries for her; one of many with place claims.

14/1

8/1

Form: 53-413 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Often slow starter but still won nicely at Hamilton (1m5f) in May and close up at Newmarket (1m6f) and Beverley (2m) on starts either side; this is a shorter trip but he showed his form at 1m2f-2m last season, so proved unusually versatile, which also applies to the ground; still looks on a good mark.

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6th

9

(8)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newmarket

Geremia

8st 6lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Iain Jardine

Trained by Jim Goldie in 2022 and 2023; reappeared with a close third at Newcastle (AW) and that was over just 1m2f, whereas his wins have been at 1m4f-2m; well treated judged on plenty of 2023 form and can go well on this first run for new yard.

20/1

3rd

5

(6)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Geremia

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

dwelt start, midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 3f out

6/1

8/1

Form: 3-5314 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Four wins from five starts at Pontefract, the latest of those wins this May by a nose; lost his unbeaten record here when fourth of eight (again C&D) 13 days ago but it was a respectable show; well capable of having a say but he might not be as well handicapped as one or two of these.

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3rd

2

(4)

9th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 27y

Class 4

15:50 Pontefract

Carrigillihy

10st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Comes alive at Pontefract and was gaining his fifth course win from seven goes when gamely scoring over 1m4f in June; not disgraced at Haydock last time; stays 2m and will probably see out this slightly longer distance; seems equally effective on good to firm and good to soft; solid contender.

100/30

5th

6

(7)

21st Jul 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Haydock

Carrigillihy

9st 0lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

Took Pontefract record to 5-7 (4-6 over 1m4f) ten days ago, as with the other wins gained on quicker ground than awaits here; penalty which obliges him to race off his highest ever mark is more of a concern.

6/1

14/1

Form: -40168 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent but won in clearcut style at Musselburgh three starts ago and is just 2lb higher today; player if he's back to that form.

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8th

7

(3)

4th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Fairmac

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Anthony Charlton

in touch with leaders

10/1

1

(1)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 26y

Class 5

17:10 Ayr

Fairmac

10st 4lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

The two wins from his four starts at Ayr were both more than two years ago, but he also ran creditably over C&D last September; downhill since his Musselburgh win this April, with the switch to a visor (replacing regular blinkers) perhaps contributing last time; reverts with headgear today and he's 4lb below his last winning mark.

9/1

9th

1

(8)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 218y

Class 5

18:30 Redcar

Fairmac

9st 11lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: Charlie Johnston

Below par since 1m4f Musselburgh win on good to soft in April, including back at Musselburgh a couple of weeks ago, but is well treated if a first-time visor (replacing regular blinkers) sparks a revival.

6/1

OUR TIP

13/2

Form: 2114-7 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Last summer brought two 1m4f wins; needs to resume improvement following a lesser show four weeks ago but it wouldn't be a surprise, as that was her reappearance and a stiff 1m4f is likely to suit.

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5th

2

(7)

20th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 104y

Class 4

16:55 Yarmouth

Tamilla

10st 2lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Turf (soft) and AW winner last summer who is back on her last winning mark and shaped as though coming to hand at Bath last time; the forecast ground here should suit better and leading claims.

2/1

4th

2

(1)

6th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 137y

Class 4

16:00 Bath

Tamilla

10st 2lb

J: G Cheyne

T: William Haggas

Won back-to-back 1m4f events last year, including a handicap off this mark; her third at Ascot in July was in line with those efforts and latest run there was too bad to be true; very capable of going well.

11/2

7th

6

(1)

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Tamilla

9st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

2022 campaign included 1m4f wins in a soft-ground maiden and AW handicap, followed by a close fourth when tried over 1m6f; latest start was more like it again, when making most for a respectable fourth of eight at this track (1m4f); going back up in trip looks in order but 2m is something new.

8/1

14/1

Form: -12420

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Can make the running; won on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) in January; clear best of his four starts since when twice runner-up; needs to bounce back and resume improvement after a heavy defeat four weeks ago, which was at Chester but he'd proved himself at that track the time before.

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9th

6

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:05 Warwick

Demilion

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Alexandra Dunn

AW winner for Charlie Johnston one year ago; recorded his best Flat effort when second of eight at Chester last May (RPR 87; 1m4f, soft) but ran poorly five times after; sold for £9,000 in October and gelded; one of two newcomers for the stable.

25/1

10th

5

(11)

26th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Lingfield (AW)

Demilion

9st 10lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Charlie Johnston

Scored on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) in January and returned from break with three good turf runs in the spring (1m2f-1m4f) but finished last on his last four appearances and his tendency to be headstrong has become a serious concern.

16/1

5th

4

(3)

7th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Ayr

Demilion

9st 3lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Scored on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) in January and returned from break with three good turf runs in the spring (1m2f-1m4f), but finished last on his last three appearances and his tendency to be headstrong has become a serious concern.

10/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fox Journey

RP RATINGS:

Haseefah

Daily Record:

Derry Lad

The Star:

Geremia

TOPSPEED:

Carrigillihy

Daily Mirror:

Two Brothers

NEWMARKET:

Fox Journey

D Express:

Fox Journey

The Sun:

Fox Journey

POSTDATA:

Haseefah

The Times:

Haseefah

Telegraph:

Haseefah