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14:52 Pontefract

Soft

Riu Hotels And Resorts Handicap

  • Prize money: £13915.8
  • 1m 2f 5y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Riu Hotels And Resorts Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

13/2 (Won)

Form: 1/100- D

Last run: 283 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won for the Crisford yard on debut in October 2022 (1m, good) and belatedly followed up last June (1m2f, good); no threat in Group 3/handicap the next twice (1m2f, good to firm) and returns from absence today, but retains potential and it will be no surprise if he goes well on stable debut (same owner).

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

1st

1

(1)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Bolster

9st 9lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: K R Burke

Won for the Crisford yard on debut in October 2022 (1m, good) and belatedly followed up last June (1m2f, good); no threat in Group 3/handicap the next twice (1m2f, good to firm) and returns from absence today, but retains potential and it will be no surprise if he goes well on stable debut (same owner).

13/2

Form: 0435-3 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Won this on last year's reappearance (good to soft); 0-8 since but he reappeared with a good third at Doncaster (1m2f, soft) last month and there's every chance he'll be bang there.

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

2nd

5

(6)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Lightening Company

8st 10lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Ben Haslam

Won this on last year's reappearance (good to soft); 0-8 since but he reappeared with a good third at Doncaster (1m2f, soft) last month and there's every chance he'll be bang there.

6/1

3rd

6

(8)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Lightening Company

8st 12lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Ben Haslam

Has done all his winning in the spring, most recently off just 2lb lower at Pontefract (1m2f, good to soft) on 2023 reappearance; this looks the time to catch him; interesting on seasonal debut.

12/1

Form: 3213- D BF

Last run: 213 days

W: 8st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Won at Ffos Las (1m2f, good to soft) last August on her third start and travelled well before weakening into third on handicap debut at Newbury (1m4f, soft) the following month; this very lightly raced filly brings potential to her 4yo campaign, especially now back down to 1m2f; key player.

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

1st

6

(7)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

13:15 Lingfield

Esmeray

9st 6lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Won maiden at Ffos Las (1m2f, good to soft) last August; ran respectably when warm favourite since for handicaps at Newbury (1m4f, soft) in September and Pontefract (1m2f, soft) last month, failing to see those races out; still fairly early days after just five races.

11/4

3rd

9

(3)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Esmeray

8st 4lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Ralph Beckett

Won at Ffos Las (1m2f, good to soft) last August on her third start and travelled well before weakening into third on handicap debut at Newbury (1m4f, soft) the following month; this very lightly raced filly brings potential to her 4yo campaign, especially now back down to 1m2f; key player.

11/4

Form: 7235-4 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

8yo whose losing sequence goes back 17 races to May 2022 but his form figures at this course read 32132, all over this trip (including third in this race last year on good to soft); reappeared with an encouraging fourth at Doncaster (1m2f, soft) last month and firmly in calculations now back here.

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

6th

8

(11)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Baryshnikov

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: David & Nicola Barron

Won this race in 2021 and also landed the 0-105 C&D handicap at this meeting in 2022; a 1m2f Redcar win (soft) last week shows he's still capable of useful form and he's effectively running off only 2lb higher here; respected.

6/1

1st

3

(3)

2nd May 2024

Soft

1m 2f 1y

Class 3

15:52 Redcar

Baryshnikov

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: David & Nicola Barron

slowly away, in rear, switched right over 2f out, soon pushed along, steady headway on outer from over 1f out, ridden and hung left but ran on well final 110yds, led towards finish

9/2

Form: 328-93

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Beaten 18 times since winning in 2020 on his second start, and needs to prove he can still get the job done; however, he posted two good placed efforts last autumn (1m2f, heavy/soft) and returned to form with a close third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) a fortnight ago; may not be far away.

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

8th

12

(12)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Toshizou

9st 1lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Beaten 19 times since winning in 2020 on his second start; returned to form with a close third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) last month but beaten 9l when fifth back on turf at Pontefract since.

14/1

5th

6

(4)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Toshizou

8st 10lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Beaten 18 times since winning in 2020 on his second start, and needs to prove he can still get the job done; however, he posted two good placed efforts last autumn (1m2f, heavy/soft) and returned to form with a close third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) a fortnight ago; may not be far away.

15/2

Form: 51114- CD BF

Last run: 195 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Progressive last season when the tongue-tie went on, landing a hat-trick, and the steady pace was against him when fourth at Leicester in October when last seen; this 4yo is open to further improvement this term and he's 2-2 here (both over this trip, including on good to soft); one to consider.

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

6th

4

(5)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Forceful Speed

9st 1lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Progressive last season when the tongue-tie went on, landing a hat-trick, and the steady pace was against him when fourth at Leicester in October when last seen; this 4yo is open to further improvement this term and he's 2-2 here (both over this trip, including on good to soft); one to consider.

4/1

4th

10

(10)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Leicester

Forceful Speed

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

An improving 3yo who was nicely on top in the closing stages when bringing up his hat-trick at Epsom (1m4f, good); escapes a penalty for that and dropping back to 1m2f won't bother him; raised in grade but looks a major player.

3/1

1st

3

(1)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Forceful Speed

9st 10lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Comes here on a hat-trick after narrow 1m2f wins on sound surfaces at Pontefract and Redcar; could be a hard horse for the handicapper to nail (only did enough last time by the looks) and 1m4f should be fine.

2/1

9/1

Form: 70105- D

Last run: 156 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Has modest 2-17 strike-rate and he is inconsistent, but he's just 1lb higher than when winning at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last September and reappears with his trainer among the winners; not ruled out.

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

7th

8

(8)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Thundering

8st 9lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Has modest 2-17 strike-rate and he is inconsistent, but he's just 1lb higher than when winning at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last September and reappears with his trainer among the winners; not ruled out.

9/1

5th

7

(7)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:01 Lingfield (AW)

Thundering

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Kevin Ryan

dwelt start, took keen hold, held up in rear

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 21600- D

Last run: 191 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Last season ended with two disappointing runs (latterly on stable debut), but he reappears having had wind surgery and is just 1lb higher than when winning at Sandown last July; not discounted.

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

8th

2

(2)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Lord Protector

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Last season ended with two disappointing runs (latterly on stable debut), but he reappears having had wind surgery and is just 1lb higher than when winning at Sandown last July; not discounted.

20/1

12th

4

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:35 York

Lord Protector

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

prominent

25/1

16/1

Form: 2440-0 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

11yo who is winless since 2021 and was tailed off on last month's comeback at Doncaster; it's hard to be confident on the back of that but he may have needed the run and he's on a handy mark on last year's best efforts.

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

2nd

3

(3)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

14:05 Hamilton

Euchen Glen

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

raced in second, ridden over 2f out, stayed on but no chance with winner from over 1f out

16/1

9th

3

(7)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Euchen Glen

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

11yo who is winless since 2021 and was tailed off on last month's comeback at Doncaster; it's hard to be confident on the back of that but he may have needed the run and he's on a handy mark on last year's best efforts.

16/1

10th

3

(5)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Euchen Glen

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Showed last year that he still retains a useful level of ability; well capable of being involved, provided he returns in similar form aged 11, but it's a very long time since last success.

12/1

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Selections

The Times:

Esmeray

NEWMARKET:

Forceful Speed

RP RATINGS:

Lightening Company

SPOTLIGHT:

Baryshnikov

Telegraph:

Bolster

The Guardian:

Esmeray

The Sun:

Esmeray

Daily Record:

Esmeray

D Express:

Forceful Speed

Daily Mirror:

Forceful Speed

POSTDATA:

Lightening Company

The Star:

Lightening Company

TOPSPEED:

Baryshnikov

Daily Mail:

Baryshnikov