Free horse racing selections for Monday July 2

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Top trainer Mark Johnston
Top trainer Mark Johnston

Nap: 2.30 Pontefract

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Next best: 7.30 Windsor

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Blown By Wind can get back to winning ways after two solid efforts in a higher grade when he runs in the British Stallion Studs EBF Spindrifter Conditions Stakes at Pontefract.

Successful in two of his first three careers starts in the spring, the Mark Johnston-trained youngster has contested the National Stakes at Sandown and the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The latter event is arguably the best two-year-old race of the year so far and Blown By Wind did not shirk the issue when the pace hotted up at the business end of the Group Two.

To finish seventh, beaten six and a half lengths by the impressive winner Calyx, was no disgrace.

That was his first try at six furlongs and the way he saw the race out suggests Pontefract should hold no fears.

Penny Pot Lane can give trainer Richard Whitaker back-to-back victories in the ebfstallions.com Fillies' Handicap.

Avon Breeze stuck for the West Yorkshire handler in 2017 and Penny Pot Lane already has a win to her credit over this course and distance.

She has yet to hit top form this term but she did run respectably behind Sandra's Secret at Ripon in May and a return to the scene of her last success might bring about a revival.

French Resistance enjoyed the stiff nine furlongs at Carlisle when getting off the mark at the eighth attempt and an extra three furlongs in the Wayne Conway Memorial Handicap could eke out further improvement.

Jedd O'Keeffe's gelding was a well-backed favourite last time and it looks like he has not finishing progressing just yet.

Ice Age could not quite make an impact in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot but can regain winning ways with his sights lowered in the Windsor Handicap at the Thameside venue.

Eve Johnson Houghton's five-year-old had won his previous start at Newbury in good style and can defy top weight in this less-competitive contest.

The Noel-Wilson-trained Pavers Pride can get his head in front in the hamilton-park.co.uk Handicap at the Scottish course after losing out on the nod at Ayr last time.

Comrade In Arms should appreciate the step up to a mile and a half as he looks to open his account in the Neal Wood 9th Anniversary Memorial Handicap at Wolverhampton.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained gelding has not been beaten far in his last two starts over 10 furlongs when he has been staying on in the closing stages.

Barriston The Bold, trained by Tom Dascombe, shaped well on his debut when third to Semoum at Ripon and can go two places better over an extra furlong in the EBF sportingjobs.co.uk Novice Stakes.

Sporting Life selections:

HAMILTON: 6.15 Berlios, 6.45 I Believe In You, 7.15 Pavers Pride, 7.45 Jabbaar, 8.15 Corton Lad, 8.45 Paramount Love, 9.15 Natajack.

PONTEFRACT: 2.00 Highly Sprung, 2.30 BLOWN BY WIND (NAP), 3.00 Penny Pot Lane, 3.30 French Resistance, 4.00 Battle Commence, 4.30 Storm Ahead, 5.00 Mister Moosah.

WINDSOR: 6.00 Folies Bergeres, 6.30 Chynna, 7.00 Musical Comedy, 7.30 Ice Age, 8.00 Jus Pires, 8.30 Fabianski 9.00 Al Ozzdi.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.15 Energia Flavo, 2.45 Barristan The Bold, 3.15 Leeshaan, 3.45 Jane Rose, 4.15 Berkshire Blue, 4.45 Comrade In Arms, 5.15 Splash Of Verve, 5.45 Stringybark Creek.

DOUBLE: Blown By Wind and Ice Age


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