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17:40 Pontefract

Good To Soft

Always Trying Racing Syndicate Handicap

  • Prize money: £5757.4
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Always Trying Racing Syndicate Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 052034 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

7f AW winner for Ruth Carr last November; effective on most ground but it was good to firm when beaten a short-head over C&D in June; races off the same mark on his stable debut; one to consider.

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3rd

3

(9)

7th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

17:50 Newcastle (AW)

Milbanke

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Some good runs in the summer on final few starts for Ruth Carr and he won by a short-head on stable debut at Pontefract (6f, good to soft) in September; has won on the Wolverhampton Tapeta and, having shown good pace last time, this first crack at 5f is well worth a go; player.

4/1

1st

5

(5)

28th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Pontefract

Milbanke

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

prominent, led after 2f, increased tempo and over 2f out, went clear over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, much reduced lead inside final 110yds, just held on

5/1

47

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Milbanke

9st 0lb

T: Julie Camacho

5/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: -29914 CD BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Came from off the pace to win over C&D last month; respectable fourth at Hamilton last time; promise on good to soft and she's one to consider.

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6th

5

(2)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 18y

Class 4

14:55 Nottingham

Emily Post

9st 7lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Michael Dods

in touch with leaders

6/1

2nd

6

(3)

28th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Pontefract

Emily Post

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Michael Dods

held up in rear

5/1

4th

1

(1)

5th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 5

18:15 Hamilton

Emily Post

9st 11lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Michael Dods

Won twice over 7f for Ed Bethell last season; ran well on her stable debut on her return (7f, good) in May; two lesser runs followed but back to form with a career-best effort at Pontefract four weeks ago (6f, good), coming from well back to win cosily; 5lb rise shouldn't prevent another good run.

4/1

8/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 549097 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

The handicapper has been in command this year but he's contested some strong races and there have been flickers of promise; drawn wide when in midfield at Chester last time and he's better berthed today; revival could be imminent but it might come on slightly faster ground.

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2nd

1

(3)

2nd May 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 5

17:05 Doncaster

Kings Crown

9st 9lb

J: David Egan

T: Michael Dods

Sole win for Adrian Nicholls came in a juvenile maiden at Thirsk (6f, good) in May 2022; twice thereabouts at Pontefract last season and ran better than finishing position (ninth) suggests on recent stable debut; handles soft ground with easing mark providing hope; chance.

11/4

9th

6

(2)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Thirsk

Kings Crown

9st 6lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

midfield up the centre

7/1

4th

3

(8)

9th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

17:05 Pontefract

Kings Crown

9st 9lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Adrian Nicholls

Won a Thirsk maiden (6f, good) last season; nicely treated on his best form and took a step back towards that when trying to make all and third over C&D (good to soft) latest; drops 1lb and not ruled out.

8/1

Form: 048725 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Only 1lb higher than for his Beverley win in April (5f, good to soft) but he's been in and out since; he'll be a danger to all if he runs anywhere near this year's best.

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3rd

4

(2)

9th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

17:40 Pontefract

The Dunkirk Lads

9st 6lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

dwelt start, towards rear

8/1

4th

8

(9)

28th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Pontefract

The Dunkirk Lads

9st 0lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

towards rear

8/1

5th

2

(10)

17th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 5

17:20 Doncaster

The Dunkirk Lads

9st 12lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

5f winner at Beverley in April and he went close at Carlisle 16 days ago (winner was well treated); 2lb rise not ideal but he's fine on soft; additional yardage should suit at this flat track.

6/1

5th
3 (6)
Mersea

9/2

Form: 045134 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Made all to win a 6f handicap at Carlisle last month; two solid efforts in defeat since, far from disgraced in a Class 2 here last week; one to take seriously back in calmer waters.

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4th

5

(1)

1st May 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 4

14:05 Pontefract

Mersea

9st 2lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Grant Tuer

Second at Catterick (6f, heavy) before winning a small-field handicap at Southwell (5f AW) where she rallied to lead on the line; not sure what happened last time but has a big run in her.

9/2

12th

7

(13)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Thirsk

Mersea

9st 5lb

J: Sam James

T: Grant Tuer

ducked sharply left start, led towards near side

9/2

6th
9 (8)
Trilby

12/1

Form: 62-464

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Consistent rather than progressive in five runs for George Boughey; 50-1 for his stable debut at Catterick four weeks ago (7f, good) when he ran creditably without suggesting he needed that far; still needs a personal best to defy this mark though.

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10th

5

(3)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Ripon

Trilby

9st 4lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Sam England

dwelt start, in rear

5/1

1st

4

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Haydock

Trilby

9st 8lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Sam England

travelled strongly, held up in rear

8/1

Form: 510710 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Three 6f wins on good to soft ground this year, notably when powering home to win the Great St Wilfrid consolation race at Ripon last month; failed to fire at Chester 13 days ago but this C&D winner is the type to bounce back quickly.

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2nd

3

(12)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Ripon

Roundhay Park

9st 8lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

in touch with leaders

25/1

9th

15

(5)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

18:40 Doncaster

Roundhay Park

9st 2lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

awkward start and slowly into stride, soon midfield

40/1

12th

7

(8)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Roundhay Park

9st 7lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

Been a fine servant to connections, winning 12 times, but only one of those was over 7f and that was around the tight turns of Chester; plenty to prove making his AW debut on his 68th start after 196 days off.

16/1

13/2

Form: 215- D

Last run: 391 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Confirmed the promise of last summer's near miss at Newcastle on debut by easily winning a 6f maiden at Hamilton two weeks later; only a midfield finish under a penalty back at Newcastle when last seen 13 months ago; has been gelded; withdrawn after getting upset in the stalls at Ripon in June (9-1 at the time); subsequent absence slightly disconcerting.

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9th

4

(7)

16th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

15:45 Windsor

Tribal Hunter

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Unexposed sort who scored over 6f on soft ground as a 2yo; had no luck at Pontefract on seasonal/handicap debut, having been badly hampered after halfway then met traffic issues when trying to recover (eased once clearly beaten); clear possibilities granted better fortune.

100/30

8th

4

(2)

28th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Pontefract

Tribal Hunter

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

took keen hold, prominent, edged left and badly hampered rival under 3f out

13/2

6

(10)

21st Jun 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:10 Ripon

Tribal Hunter

9st 1lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Confirmed the promise of last summer's near miss at Newcastle on debut by easily winning a 6f maiden at Hamilton two weeks later; only a midfield finish under a penalty back at Newcastle when last seen in September; has been gelded; handicap debut with further improvement on the cards.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 817-77 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Won three times as a 2yo, two of them over C&D (including on good to soft); well held in two runs back from a ten-month absence and although this is easier than last week's assignment, she has enough to prove.

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6th

3

(11)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 96y

Class 5

15:40 Beverley

Shandy Star

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Three wins, the latest over 6f at Pontefract in October 2022 (good to soft); good run when second over 7f at Newmarket in November (7f, heavy) but disappointing since.

25/1

12th

6

(10)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:35 Thirsk

Shandy Star

9st 6lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

prominent

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £129.00
Straight Forecast £135.10
Tricast £1194.10
Trifecta £1485.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Emily Post

SPOTLIGHT:

Mersea

The Times:

Milbanke

THE NORTH:

Tribal Hunter

TOPSPEED:

Mersea

POSTDATA:

Mersea

Telegraph:

Mersea

The Guardian:

Emily Post

D Express:

Emily Post

Daily Mirror:

Emily Post

The Sun:

Emily Post

The Star:

Emily Post

Daily Record:

Emily Post

Daily Mail:

Milbanke