totepool.com Pontefract Cup (Handicap) 2m 1f 216y
- (4yo+, 2m 1f 216y, Class 4, 11 runners)
- Winner £6,469 2nd £1,925 3rd £962 4th £481
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places (Watered)
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 3m 58.67s
- Off time: 16:10:22
|3rd||8 Embsay Crag||1¼||7/1|
Rosairlie (IRE) 23
|6||136 9-10||Micky Hammond||P McDonald||80||9/1|
|7||136 9-10||J Ward||K Fallon||80||7/2f|
New Youmzain (FR) 31
|5||134 9-8 p1||M Appleby||A Mullen||78||8/1|
Cloudy Spirit 137
|9||134 9-8||A Hollinshead||William Buick||78||9/1|
Palazzo Bianco 14
|6||134 9-8 p||B Ellison||R Winston||78||10/1|
|8||133 9-7||M Scudamore||P Mulrennan||77||9/1|
Sir Frank Morgan (IRE) 12
|4||133 9-7||M Johnston||S De Sousa||78||5/1|
Embsay Crag 30
|8||131 9-5||P A Kirby||R Kennemore||75||7/1|
Bowdler's Magic 9
|7||131 9-5 t||D Thompson||J Quinn||75||33/1|
Nafaath (IRE) 23
|8||131 9-5||D McCain Jnr||G Lee||75||20/1|
Teak (IRE) 8
|7||128 9-2 p||Ian Williams||S Donohoe||72||10/1|
||6||9-8||J Ward||S De Sousa||10/1|
Last month's Ripon winner Rosairlie went close again at Newcastle last time but seems best with some cut in the ground and may not get that here. HEROSTATUS looks to have been cleverly campaigned this season, despite being well beaten in much better company. He's slipped down the weights as a result and, with Kieren Fallon taking over the reins, looks set to repeat last year's win in this off a 3lb lower mark. New Youmzain won one of these long distance handicaps here back in April and can figure along with Embsay Crag, third over 1m4f last time but likely to stay this trip. Sir Frank Morgan and Teak both won over 2m on the Polytrack last time and are others to consider.
Teak (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Tracked leading pair, outpaced over 3f out, not clear run on inside well over 1f out, soon switched right, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on but never able to challenge, 2nd of 4, 4l behind See And Be Seen (8-6) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Rosairlie (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden and soon every chance, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Moidore (9-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Embsay Crag 25-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Aramist (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Bowdler's Magic 50-1 (8-10) Held up behind, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, 18l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Nafaath (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 14l behind Moidore (9-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Herostatus 50-1 (9-0) Soon held up towards rear, pushed along and headway near side over 4f out, ridden edged right and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 17, 11l behind Villa Royale (9-10) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Riptide 33-1 (9-2) Towards rear, struggling in rear 5f out, never a factor, 9th of 13, 27l behind Story Writer (8-11) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Cloudy Spirit 10-1 (8-10) Held up, headway 7f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 18, 14l behind Broxbourne (9-0) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gs in Jul.
New Youmzain (FR) 16-1 (9-5) Took keen hold tracking leaders, led narrowly 10f out, reminders over 6f out, headed over 4f out, ridden and weakened 3f out, 10th of 13, 28l behind Story Writer (8-11) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Sir Frank Morgan (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Made all, ridden over 2f out, edged right and ran on final furlong, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Aiyana (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Palazzo Bianco 10-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 8l behind Number One London (8-9) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.