17:00 Pontefract Thu 27 September 2018

  • Frier Wood Novice Auction Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 4)
  • 1m 6y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£5,175.002nd£1,540.003rd£770.004th£385.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 46.5sOff time:17:03:06
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29-8OR: 73

Has shown good progression with each start and got off the mark at Leicester (7f, good to firm) last time. Shapes likes this extra furlong will very much suit and will be a player once more. Penalty makes life a little tougher.

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29-5OR: D

11,000gns (vendor) yearling. Made a very good impression on debut when making all in a four-runner contest at Leicester (1m, good to firm). Should be plenty more to come and is very much respected in follow-up bid.

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29-5OR: D

Son of Casamento purchased for €9,000 as a yearling last September. Improved on debut effort when winning comfortably at Thirsk (1m, good) on second start. Should be more to come and good claims of following up.

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Son of Born To Sea who was sent off at 100/1 for debut at Newcastle (6f, AW) and didn't shape too badly. This trip looks a better option and may well do better although ultimately he will need further than this in time.

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Son of Dragon Pulse who fetched £20,000 as a yearling. Dam was placed in Italy and is a half-sister to some smart Italian performers. Market should be a good guide to expectations on debut.

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Sea The Moon colt that cost 22,000 gns as a yearling. Close up fourth on debut at Epsom when not handling the track all that well. First start for new yard today and has the potential to improve on that first effort.

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Big prices and yet to beat a rival home in two starts. Major improvement needed to be involved and pothers have much more pressing claims.

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Cost €18,000 as a yearling and shaped with promise on debut at Musselburgh (7f, good) when missing the break and staying on steadily. Extra furlong here should help and there should be some improvement to come.

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Son of Intikhab bought for £11,000 at the sales last autumn. Made an encouraging debut when running green at Bath (1m, firm). Penny dropped late on there and this stiff finish might well suit. Different conditions here but sure to improve on that.

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Last Year's Winner

8Unwritten29-24/1Full Result
T: K R BurkeJ: P J McDonald



Never Do Nothing (7/4), Tribal Commander (2/1), Desert Friend (4/1), Spirit Of Lund (8/1), The Great Story (16/1), Silkstone (16/1), Play It By Ear (25/1), Cormier (33/1), Chiniak (66/1)


Despite only beating three rivals DESERT FRIEND was impressive on his debut and can follow-up here under a penalty. He looked to have plenty of gears at Leicester and he may be tough to crack once more. The Great Story, Spirit Of Lund and Tribal Commander all shaped with plenty of promise and with improvement to come, will all be a danger to the selection. Particularly the last name for who the penny only dropped late on rattling fast ground.
  1. Desert Friend
  2. Tribal Commander
  3. Spirit Of Lund

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