20:35 Pontefract Fri 19 July 2019

  • Sunflower Foundation Maiden Handicap (Class 5)
  • 1m 2f 5y, Good to Soft
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£3,881.002nd£1,155.003rd£577.004th£400.005th£400.006th£400.007th£400.008th£400.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:2m 19.52sOff time:20:36:21
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1
(3)
510-0OR: 68
11/4

Shaped with promise in a trio of maidens in 2017 and while he missed all of 2018, he's proven he retains ability in two handicap starts this time around. Half-brother to a St Leger winner so there's hope this step up in trip will bring improvement.

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2
(9)
49-13OR: 67
20/1

Looked like a nice prospect when trained by Roger Varian but well beaten in three starts for this yard last season. On a workable mark for return down in trip but might want soft ground to be seen at his best and entitled to need the run.

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3
(10)
39-7OR: 70
4/1

Showed promise in her final start for previous yard in 2018 and stayed on well for third on her yard debut here earlier this month. Related to winners over further and step up in trip could suit but has fared worst of all with the draw here.

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4
(1)
39-7OR: 70
7/2

Took a big step forward from two to three-years-old when runner-up on return at Redcar but she was slowly away at Haydock last time and finished tailed off. Drops back in trip here but the propensity to start slowly is a concern from this draw.

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5
(5)
49-6OR: 60
12/1

Beaten a long way on all three of his starts and the handicapper seemingly hasn't taken any chances with his opening handicap mark. Wears first-time tongue-tie.

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7
(8)
49-4OR: 58
8/1

Well beaten on all three starts for David Simcock as a juvenile. Looks flattered by his second at Newcastle in April when given an uncontested lead and has failed to build on that in two turf runs since; others make more appeal.

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8
(6)
39-4OR: 67
5/1

Looked in need of a stamina test as a juvenile and improved from her reappearance to finish second at Beverley. That form wouldn't appear to be anything special but quite possible she can build on the run and there may be more to come at this trip.

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9
(7)
48-9OR: 45
40/1

Well beaten in the majority of her turf starts and struggled at Redcar last time, beaten a long way from home; has it all to prove and more exposed than most.

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10
(4)
38-6OR: 55
14/1

Beaten a long way in all three starts at 1m. Not certain to appreciate this step up in trip and he's hard to make a case for on handicap debut.

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Non-Runners

6
(2)
Frankadore15
39-4OR: 67
T: Tom DascombeJ: R Kingscote

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
2Almunther59-27/2Full Result
T: Micky HammondJ: F Norton

Betting

Forecast

Flying Raconteur (11/4), No Dress Rehearsal (7/2), Alfa Dawn (4/1), Lady Scatterley (5/1), Kwanza (8/1), Frankadore (8/1), Howbaar (12/1), Calevade (14/1), Knightly Spirit (20/1), Shakiah (40/1)

Verdict

A tricky maiden handicap with several arriving in some fair form but slight preference is for LADY SCATTERLEY who travelled best for a long way at Beverley last time and wasn't seen to best effect. Flying Raconteur could appreciate the step up in trip judged on his two runs this season while Frankadore isn't out of this in first-time headgear, particularly if he can get an easy lead. Alfa Dawn also has to enter the reckoning and has to be a player if she comes on for her reappearance here.
  1. Lady Scatterley
  2. Flying Raconteur
  3. Frankadore

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