20:00 Pontefract Fri 24 May 2019
Runner up off this mark at Musselburgh (5f, good) on his penultimate start, but is without a win since scoring on the Polytrack at Kempton in October 2017; best on a sound surface.
Rattled through the grades on the AW at Newcastle over the winter, winning on four occasions over the minimum trip; finished 8th of 13 to Makanah on return to turf at Thirsk (5f, good) three weeks ago; 3lb lower.
C&D winner (July 2017) who is versatile in terms of conditions but equally has done plenty of his winning with cut underfoot; 2lb lower than when finishing 2½L third to Pennsylvania Dutch at Thirsk (6f, good) on his penultimate start.
Placed on three occasions so far in 2019, including when finishing just under 3L third to Abel Handy (Foxy Forever second) at Musselburgh (5f, good); beaten favourite at Wetherby latest - race came too quickly?
A six-time career winner (mainly over 5f on good to firm ground); now rated 4lb lower than when beating Foxtrot Knight by 4½L at Haydock last July; in the thick of things behind Musharrif at Ripon (fourth) on Sunday.
Both of his wins have come at sharp tracks (Chester & Musselburgh) but that's merely coincidental as he was also spotted making late headway when finishing runner up to Desert Ace over C&D (good) in September; placed on 2017 & 2018 comeback runs.
Made all, and ran on well to score (under tonight's rider) by 3¼L at Ripon on Sunday (Dapper Man fourth); escapes a penalty for that success and is also a previous C&D winner (October 2018); must figure very high on any shortlist.
A broadly consistent filly who sits near enough her last winning mark (Lingfield); twice placed on turf already in 2019, including when finishing 1½L third to Dandy's Beano at Thirsk latest. (5f fillies' handicap, good to soft)
Best over 6f (a three-time winner at that trip); 1lb higher than when winning at Ripon last September (6f, good); finished 8th of 9 on recent seasonal reappearance at Wetherby (5½f); needs much more.
Prominent racing Pontefract regular (4,5,4,4,2,1,0,2,1,2,7,2,6) who is feasibly handicapped, although best suited by give underfoot; beaten a head by Musharrif (on similar terms) over C&D last October; cheekpieces introduced for the first time.
3lb higher than when beating Kibaar by 1¼L over C&D (good to firm) last month; kept busy since without necessarily holding her form; certainly couldn't be totally discounted, albeit others are preferred.
Stablemate of Computable; course winner (6f); fair to say that his last couple of visits to this track haven't gone at all well - appears to have issues with/in the stalls; handicap mark steadily falling (a positive result of poor form).
Last Year's Winner
|T: Miss Tracy WaggottJ: Barry McHugh|
Musharrif (9/2), Van Gerwen (5/1), Amazing Grazing (11/2), Foxy Forever (6/1), Dapper Man (13/2), Sheepscar Lad (9/1), Another Angel (12/1), Case Key (12/1), Socialites Red (14/1), Gold Stone (14/1), Computable (28/1), Suitcase 'n' Taxi (33/1)
- Sheepscar Lad
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