18:30 Pontefract Fri 24 May 2019
Pontefract specialist; 9lb higher than when staying on strongly to beat Zlatan by 3¾L in this very race 12 months ago (good); looked to be in need of the race on return from a near nine month absence at Newcastle in March.
His sole previous turf win (1-11) came on soft ground; has developed into a consistent AW performer in recent months - just 2lb higher than when beating Energio Flavio by 1L at Wolverhampton (1m+) on his penultimate start.
Dual Pontefract scorer (1m2f) in July 2018; well below that level of form last back-end/early this season, but posted a slightly improved effort when finishing a plugging on 4½L fourth (33/1) to Kripke over C&D 23 days ago; stablemate of Frankster.
C&D winner (April 2017); won twice from 14 starts at or around this trip in 2018 (Haydock and Chester); promises to be suited by the forecast conditions, albeit needs to raise her game significantly from her Thirsk (7f) seasonal reappearance.
6f Group 3 winning juvenile for Jessica Harrington (Curragh); 0-5 for Ruth Carr - plunging a combined total of 16lb in the weights; always in the rear (8th of 11) on Wetherby turf return; stamina questions over 1m; blinkers applied.
Campaigned on the AW over the winter, exclusively at Chelmsford (a game winner over tonight's 1m trip in November 2018); possibly didn't see out the 1m2f trip on his turf return at Redcar.
Formerly with Richard Hannon but has also done well since joining Ollie Pears; 1lb lower than when scoring at Musselburgh (1m1f, good) last August; not far from his peak form when hitting the frame at Beverley (7½f) latest; holds every chance.
Infrequent winner (1-18), but clearly appreciates racing at Pontefract (broke the maiden tag over C&D (soft) in late 2017); not disgraced over 1m2f here on recent seasonal return, and now 3lb lower; stablemate of Quoteline Direct.
Last Year's Winner
|5||Trinity Star||7||8-11||15/2||Full Result|
|T: Karen McLintockJ: Jamie Gormley|
Frankster (3/1), Trinity Star (9/2), Straight Ash (5/1), Channel Packet (6/1), Miss Sheridan (8/1), Quoteline Direct (8/1), International Law (8/1), Final Frontier (12/1), Magic City (14/1)
- Straight Ash
- International Law
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