totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes (Listed) 1m 4f 8y
- (4yo+, 1m 4f 8y, Class 1, 5 runners)
- Winner £22,684 2nd £8,600 3rd £4,304 4th £2,144 5th £1,076 6th £540
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 34.10s
- Off time: 15:41:31
|1st||6 Freedom's Light||7/4|
Harris Tweed 43
|7||127 9-1 p||W J Haggas||G Baker||109||7/2|
|4||127 9-1 p||J Tate||K Fallon||98||20/1|
|4||122 8-10||R Varian||Andrea Atzeni||80||25/1|
Freedom's Light 22
|4||122 8-10||J H M Gosden||William Buick||100||7/4|
|4||122 8-10 h||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||104||11/8f|
||6||91||A M Balding||Oisin Murphy||108||NR|
||4||91||K R Burke||D Tudhope||98||NR|
||5||9-1||Tom Dascombe||R Kingscote||11/8|
Harris Tweed has run nowhere near his best so far this year. Mirsaale went close Goodwood last month but much better was expected from him at Epsom last time and Waila makes more appeal. The latter won a Listed event at Newmarket last season while Rawaki also has decent claims on his best efforts at this level. But FREEDOM'S LIGHT found only stablemate Sultanina too good in a Group 3 at Haydock last month and, given she'd earlier finished ahead of Waila, John Gosden's filly gets the vote to come good in this.
Rawaki (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Took keen hold, tracking leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Clever Cookie (9-0) at York 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gs in May.
Stepping Ahead (FR) 10-1 (9-11) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 4th of 12, 6l behind Cashpoint (8-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gs in May.
Freedom's Light 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, switched right over 3f out, led well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 11, shd behind Sultanina (9-0) at Haydock 1m 4f flls Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Waila 9-4fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, one pace over 1f out, 4th of 9, 4l behind Special Meaning (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gs in May.
Familliarity 15-8fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Boonga Roogeta (9-4) at Brighton 1m 2f fls hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Mirsaale 14-1 (9-7) Started slowly, soon racing in mid-division, lost place soon after halfway, towards rear and no chance after, eased when no chance final furlong, 12th of 15, 31l behind Miss Marjurie (8-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Harris Tweed 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, driven over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 13l behind Gatewood (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs in May.