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16:45 Pontefract

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Always Trying Syndicate Handicap

  • Prize money: £3780
  • 1m 0f 6y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Always Trying Syndicate Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

1st
4 (3)
Wintercrack

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 63652- BF

Last run: 168 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

1m2f maiden winner on soft and very nearly broke her duck in handicaps over 1m2f (soft) at Leicester in October; fair shout if returning from her break in the same form, and assured stamina is no bad thing around here.

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1st

4

(3)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Wintercrack

9st 6lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Pam Sly

1m2f maiden winner on soft and very nearly broke her duck in handicaps over 1m2f (soft) at Leicester in October; fair shout if returning from her break in the same form, and assured stamina is no bad thing around here.

4/1

2nd

3

(1)

17th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:15 Leicester

Wintercrack

9st 10lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Pam Sly

Improved to cause 20-1 surprise in soft-ground C&D maiden in April but has run to form on only one of her subsequent five appearances; others have more convincing profiles.

7/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 4567-4 CD

Last run: 84 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 59

Form & Verdict

Won this last year off a 3lb higher mark (on soft); didn't run badly on the AW last time given she's never won on those surfaces; considered.

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2nd

12

(2)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Do I Dream

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Ben Haslam

Won this last year off a 3lb higher mark (on soft); didn't run badly on the AW last time given she's never won on those surfaces; considered.

7/1

4th

6

(5)

9th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

19:30 Southwell (AW)

Do I Dream

8st 10lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Ben Haslam

in touch with leaders, outpaced and lost position from under 2f out, soon hung left and weakened

11/1

7th

9

(9)

14th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle (AW)

Do I Dream

9st 2lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Ben Haslam

Dual Pontefract winner (1m); ran well when runner-up to a progressive rival at Carlisle (7f, soft) in June but has failed to build on that in four subsequent starts; yet to demonstrate AW prowess (0-3), and stable probably has a better chance with Sandret.

25/1

7/2

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 670-60 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Goes well on soft/heavy; has dropped to a handy mark but hasn't fired for a while now and remains best watched.

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3rd

5

(8)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Harswell Duke

9st 6lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Goes well on soft/heavy; has dropped to a handy mark but hasn't fired for a while now and remains best watched.

7/2

10th

15

(14)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Harswell Duke

9st 3lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Well suited by soft/heavy; defied an 8lb higher mark in this contest last year; not in the same form since but seemed to need his reappearance run ten days ago and could well prove resurgent back in this scenario; very attractively handicapped.

6/1

Form: 1-3335 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Record of 10-75 and surprisingly has never raced here; running well in 1m AW handicaps before having no excuses when only fifth back at Newcastle 20 days ago; has won on soft but tends to steer clear of it these days.

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4th

8

(4)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Star Shield

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Record of 10-75 and surprisingly has never raced here; running well in 1m AW handicaps before having no excuses when only fifth back at Newcastle 20 days ago; has won on soft but tends to steer clear of it these days.

6/1

5th

5

(1)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

19:45 Newcastle (AW)

Star Shield

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

towards rear

6/1

3rd

10

(4)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Star Shield

9st 4lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: David O’Meara

Landed a third C&D win off a mark just 1lb lower late last year; there was nothing wrong with his latest effort, back from a short break, behind Enola Grey on Polytrack, and he rarely disappoints round here.

6/1

Form: 15468- CD

Last run: 194 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Hit the ground running for his new yard this time last year, with a win over C&D the first leg of a hat-trick, and he went in again at Beverley later on; entitled to lose his way a little afterwards but back on his last winning mark he's one for the shortlist.

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5th

1

(7)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

On The River

9st 11lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Harriet Bethell

Hit the ground running for his new yard this time last year, with a win over C&D the first leg of a hat-trick, and he went in again at Beverley later on; entitled to lose his way a little afterwards but back on his last winning mark he's one for the shortlist.

7/1

8th

1

(12)

21st Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 4

17:30 Pontefract

On The River

9st 13lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Harriet Bethell

Thrived for new yard earlier this season, winning four times (heavy-good to soft; including C&D); fair efforts on good/good to firm the last twice and he could better those performances now back on a slow surface.

15/2

Form: 1200-6

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Races prominently; 1m2f Chelmsford novice winner for David Simcock last winter and has since gone close in an AW handicap for Tom Clover; not so clever in two runs for this yard, finishing down the field both times.

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6th

7

(1)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

First Dynasty

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Sam England

Races prominently; 1m2f Chelmsford novice winner for David Simcock last winter and has since gone close in an AW handicap for Tom Clover; not so clever in two runs for this yard, finishing down the field both times.

50/1

6th

7

(4)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

First Dynasty

8st 9lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Sam England

Prominent racer; won a 1m2f Chelmsford novice for David Simcock last winter and also ran well on his handicap debut 11 months ago (9.5f, Tapeta); ran poorly on his final run for Tom Clover and again on his stable debut in November; opposable.

50/1

8/1

Form: 43408- D

Last run: 193 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Won twice as a 2yo; winless last year in nine appearances but he's come a long way down the weights and conditions are fine.

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7th

10

(10)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Pol Roger

9st 2lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Won twice as a 2yo; winless last year in nine appearances but he's come a long way down the weights and conditions are fine.

8/1

8th

4

(14)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:00 Ayr

Pol Roger

9st 10lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Michael Dods

in rear

10/1

11th

4

(11)

29th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:30 Ripon

Pol Roger

9st 12lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Michael Dods

Might have been better drawn for one happiest up front; the cheekpieces have helped, though, and he's not ruled out for a trainer who won both divisions of this in 2020.

10/1

OUR TIP

8/1

Form: 707-56 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Back on his last winning mark (Ayr last July; 7f, soft) and not without hope of him staging a revival back on turf; others still appeal more.

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8th

3

(5)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Gainsbourg

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Daragh Bourke

Back on his last winning mark (Ayr last July; 7f, soft) and not without hope of him staging a revival back on turf; others still appeal more.

8/1

6th

7

(2)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Gainsbourg

9st 6lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Daragh Bourke

Has done his winning on turf in late summer/autumn and never off a mark this high; ran fairly at a huge price on his C&D comeback behind Enola Grey three weeks ago but is some way down the pecking order.

25/1

5th

8

(10)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Gainsbourg

9st 2lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Daragh Bourke

Won two handicaps at Ayr in the space of a week when tried in blinkers last summer; no show off his revised mark twice in the autumn and no impact in three hurdle runs since; best watched back from a break with cheekpieces the headgear of choice.

40/1

20/1

Form: 3665-9 D

Last run: 89 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent and was poor last time, but needs a good pace to aim at and on a dangerous mark should he get one (likely scenario); 1m on soft is fine.

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9th

6

(9)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Young Fire

9st 6lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Inconsistent and was poor last time, but needs a good pace to aim at and on a dangerous mark should he get one (likely scenario); 1m on soft is fine.

20/1

9th

1

(2)

4th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

17:10 Newcastle (AW)

Young Fire

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

C&D winner who has dropeed 6lb lower than when last successful, but hasn't fired lately albeit he wasn't beaten far at Wolverhampton (8.6f, Tapeta) last time; needs a good pace to aim at and that doesn't seem very likely in this field.

10/1

5th

5

(1)

19th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Young Fire

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Four wins this year, including over C&D, and well treated on the last three, but he hasn't got within striking distance on latest two runs so might have gone off the boil for now.

8/1

14/1

Form: 35440-

Last run: 152 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Only win was as a 2yo on heavy ground; mostly consistent last year, finishing fourth of 16 over C&D before a terrible effort on the AW; has a big run in him.

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10th

9

(6)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Phoenix Fire

9st 5lb

J: William Pyle

T: Michael Dods

Only win was as a 2yo on heavy ground; mostly consistent last year, finishing fourth of 16 over C&D before a terrible effort on the AW; has a big run in him.

14/1

10th

6

2nd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

13:05 Wolverhampton (AW)

Phoenix Fire

9st 12lb

T: Michael Dods

led, headed but prominent after 1f

13/2

4th

5

(3)

9th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:00 Pontefract

Phoenix Fire

9st 9lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Michael Dods

Easy winner of a Redcar novice (7f, heavy) a year ago and in the frame in four of his five starts in handicaps this season, as when a close fourth of 12 at Ayr (7f, good to soft) last month; down another 1lb and each-way claims; stable also runs Sezaam.

11/1

10/1

Form: 8-6171 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Can race freely but has responded well to blinkers, winning two of his three starts in this headgear (all on AW); up 7lb for the latest but that was quite decisive from off the pace and this could also be run to suit; 1m with cut underfoot is fine.

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11th

11

(12)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Perfect Swiss

9st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Can race freely but has responded well to blinkers, winning two of his three starts in this headgear (all on AW); up 7lb for the latest but that was quite decisive from off the pace and this could also be run to suit; 1m with cut underfoot is fine.

10/1

1st

8

(10)

18th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Perfect Swiss

9st 4lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Tends to race too freely but seemed to respond well to first-time blinkers when winning off reduced mark at Southwell (7f) last month; ought to have been suited by the return to 1m when very disappointing joint-favourite here two weeks ago but no surprise if he bounces back quickly.

6/1

7th

3

(8)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 6

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Perfect Swiss

9st 7lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Tends to race too freely but seemed to respond well to first-time blinkers when winning off reduced mark here (7f) last month; still well treated after a 2lb nudge and today's longer trip probably suits him better; high on the list.

7/2

25/1

Form: 5/73-9

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Picked up for just 3,000gns after three runs for Richard Hannon (1m-1m2f); failed to show enough on stable/AW/handicap debut last month to trust for this.

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12th

2

(11)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

King Sharja

9st 8lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Picked up for just 3,000gns after three runs for Richard Hannon (1m-1m2f); failed to show enough on stable/AW/handicap debut last month to trust for this.

25/1

9th

6

(9)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

King Sharja

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Picked up for just 3,000gns last autumn having only run three times for Richard Hannon (1m-1m2f); the market could be informative on his handicap and stable debut, back from ten months off and making his first AW start having been gelded.

33/1

3rd

7

(7)

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 201y

Class 5

15:45 Salisbury

King Sharja

9st 2lb

J: Dane O’Neill

T: Richard Hannon

Fifth in a 1m maiden at York on debut in October (good to soft) but tailed off on his reappearance at Pontefract (1m2f, soft) five weeks ago; dangerous if back to debut form but there are now risks attached.

6/1

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Straight Forecast £130.00
Tricast £981.50
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Selections

Telegraph:

On The River

SPOTLIGHT:

Wintercrack

TOPSPEED:

Do I Dream

D Express:

Pol Roger

RP RATINGS:

Perfect Swiss

POSTDATA:

Star Shield

The Times:

Wintercrack

The Guardian:

Wintercrack

THE NORTH:

Do I Dream

Daily Record:

Do I Dream

Daily Mail:

On The River

Daily Mirror:

On The River

The Sun:

On The River

The Star:

On The River