14:30 Pontefract

  • Lynsey Bacon Memorial Handicap (Class 4)
  • 1m 4y, Good to Firm (Good in places)
  • 15 Runners
  • Winner£6,469.002nd£1,925.003rd£962.004th£481.00
  • Surface: Turf

Weighed in

Winning time:1m 41.39sOff time:14:30:35
1
(10)
89-9OR: 860
14/1
Useful front-runner who has a tricky draw here in stall 10 off a mark 3lb above his last winning one (Kempton Park, AW, mile). Ran a creditable race last time out but it looks as though the handicapper may have the upper hand again.
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2
(14)
69-7OR: 840
20/1
Winner in the past off a higher mark than this (last win came off 4lb higher) and won on his second start last year at Thirsk. Ran well enough on his return this year although he did become a little bit difficult to predict and looked a hard ride on occasions.
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3
(7)
89-6OR: 830
66/1
Not badly drawn for one who likes to push the pace and did win twice last year at Nottingham and Hamilton showing a game attitude on each occasion. Did struggle a little on his last two runs of last year (stable out of form) and this mark of 83 is likely to test him on his seasonal debut.
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4
(2)
49-5OR: 820
4/1
Useful handicapper who won three times last year twice over this distance off slightly lower marks. Shaped well on her return on the AW (not seen to best effect) and could well take a hand here with her strong travelling run style.
5
(6)
69-4OR: 810
8/1
Stable have made a good start to the year and this one may well be able to step up on his two starts so far this season. Left poorly placed last time out when finishing sixth in a big field at Redcar and is just 1lb above his last winning mark.
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6
(16)
59-3OR: 800
16/1
The draw in the car park isn't going to help this dual winner from last year. Has run two reasonable races on his last two seasonal reappearances but always looks as the run will do him good and with the draw this is a tough start.
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7
(5)
49-2OR: 790
16/1
Impressive winner over a mile in a Newcastle maiden at the end of 2016 powering clear when favourite over a mile. Disappointed straight after when well beaten on handicap debut (well backed) over the same C&D. Worth another chance but does have to do it on turf now.
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8
(8)
59-2OR: 790
10/1
Last turf win came over C&D but that was back last year off a 7lb lower mark. Has won twice since then both on the AW at Wolverhampton the last one coming off this mark although he's not quite been in the same form of late and may be best watched here.
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9
(4)
49-2OR: 790
10/1
Makes his debut for a new yard here after looking out of sorts for most of last year. Failed to progress from his first run (finished third) but the handicapper is giving him a chance and he's well drawn for a front runner.
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10
(1)
89-0OR: 770
11/2
Comes from a stable who must have made one of their best starts to the season ever and he's been in good form of late winning over a mile at Newcastle on his penultimate start. Not seen to best effect last time out (gallop not strong enough) and respected here of he gets a strong pace to aim at over a trip that suits him best.
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11
(15)
59-0OR: 770
16/1
Making his seasonal reappearance after some modest efforts last year and the losing run is starting to stack up. Headgear tried for the second time now on this quirky sort who also has a difficult draw to overcome.
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12
(3)
68-12OR: 750
5/1
Had started to look a better proposition on the AW but showed a career best when winning over C&D last time out off a mark of 73 coming back from a break that had clearly freshened him up. Came with a strong late run to win going away but was fortunate to get clearer run than some and will need a similar passage this time to score off a 2lb higher mark.
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13
(13)
58-12OR: 750
40/1
Lightly-raced sort who won at Newcastle last year over 1m2f off a 3lb lower mark when justifying strong support. Profile overall is a little patchy though and he never really got involved on his reappearance at Doncaster.
14
(11)
48-12OR: 750
14/1
This yard could hardly have made a better start to the season and this one ran respectably on her seasonal return. Both her wins have come over shorter but she has slipped to just below her last winning mark and may do better here although the wide draw does pose a problem.
15
(12)
78-10OR: 730
40/1
In good form on Fibresand late last year/early this when reeling off a hat-trick off a mark that had taken a real decline. Creditable fourth here last time out over C&D but takes a rise in class here and the handicapper looks to be in control again.
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Non-runners

16
(9)
Auspicion150
58-9OR: 72
T: T P TateJ: A Mullen

Betting

Forecast

Red Tea (4/1), Rockwood (5/1), Magic City (11/2), Abushamah (8/1), Sands Chorus (10/1), Zodiakos (10/1), Alejandro (14/1), Sunnua (14/1), Auspicion (14/1), Gerry The Glover (16/1), Westward Ho (16/1), Sovereign Bounty (16/1), Finn Class (20/1), Suitor (40/1), Shearian (40/1), Lord Franklin (66/1)

Verdict

A fairly strong handicap for the grade with quite a few having opportunities although those with a wide draw may need some luck in-running. Magic City and Rockwood are both best coming from off a strong pace and should get a race that sets up well for them here. With the Ruth Carr stable in good form a solid run is expected from Abushamah and Westwood Ho could well be worth another chance in a handicap. RED TEA shaped well on her return on the AW and her strong travelling style looks as though it will be suited by the way this race will be run.
  1. Red Tea
  2. Abushamah
  3. Magic City
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