18:45 Pontefract

Sunday 19 June 2022

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    Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 3  |   6f  |   Good to Firm (Good in places)  |   16 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 18:46  |   Winning time: 1m 15.95s
1
(17)
Horse silk
Eilean Dubh28
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-12| J: C Lee| T: K R Burke| OR:  90
10/1
Has made a fine start for his new yard, already boasting back-to-back Sky Bet series races over longer trips, running out a convincing winner at York (7.8f) latterly in May. 6 lb higher mark looks workable but he's the widest draw to operate from dropping down in trip.
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2
(14)
Horse silk
Margub368
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-12| J: B A Curtis| T: M P Tregoning| OR:  90
50/1
All 4 career victories have come on AW, the latest with a bit to spare at Wolverhampton (7f) last April. Below form last 2 starts in 2021 and has been off 12 months. Others more persuasive.
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3
(11)
Horse silk
Bergeracp15
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-11| J: Kevin Stott| T: K A Ryan| OR:  89| CD
12/1
C&D winner last spring who added to his tally at York (6f) in September. Solid start to the campaign when placed on first 3 starts in sprint handicaps and seemed uncomfortable with the pace when eighth at Epsom (6f) latest. No forlorn hope.
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4
(6)
Horse silk
Il Bandito37
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-11| J: P J McDonald| T: James Horton| OR:  89
5/1
Ran well when third on return/yard debut in a strong Redcar handicap (1m) in April and built on that subsequently, taking 7f handicaps at that venue/York since. Assessor applies more pressure but possibilities again for up and coming trainer.
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6
(10)
Horse silk
Paws For Thought29
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-11| J: P Mulrennan| T: D McCain Jnr| OR:  89| D
28/1
Three-time winner for Tom Dascombe who went agonisingly close to making it first time lucky for new yard on return at Chester (7f) in May. Not in same form at Haydock later that month, though and he remains 2 lb above last winning mark.
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7
(3)
Horse silk
Aberama Gold16
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-10| J: Billy Garritty| T: K Dalgleish| OR:  88| D
9/1
Losing run stretches back to late 2020 but fallen plenty in weights and shaping up well in sprint handicaps of late, third behind an unexposed sort at Doncaster (6f) last time. Handy draw to operate from and good showing anticipated.
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8
(1)
Horse silk
Dream Composer14
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: D C Costello| T: H J Evans| OR:  87| C| D
6/1
4-y-o who arrives here in rude health, overcoming a wide trip to resume winning ways over C&D in May and following up by a narrow margin at Goodwood (6f) 14 days ago. Expected to be firmly in the mix up 3 lb from good draw in stall 1.
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9
(13)
Horse silk
Music Society16
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-3| J: D Allan| T: T D Easterby| OR:  81| CD
11/1
C&D winner who ran well from his much-reduced mark when second at Haydock (6f) in May and capitalised on ease in class to land 6-runner Catterick handicap early on this month. Remains with handicapping scope and respected.
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10
(16)
Horse silk
Recall The Showb8
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-0| J: Jonathan Fisher(5)| T: S Dixon| OR:  78| D
40/1
Southwell winner in February and stepped up on that when runner-up in irst-time blinkers at Doncaster (6f) 2 starts back (Aberama Gold third). Not in same form at York 8 days ago and others make more appeal on balance.
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11
(4)
Horse silk
Ghathanfar5
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-0| J: Jason Hart| T: Miss Tracy Waggott| OR:  78| BF| D
10/3
Capitalised on drop in grade to end losing run at Wetherby (5.5f) in May and has remained in form, runner-up in handicaps at York/Thirsk within the last week. Mark is creeping up but well worthy of consideration in present groove.
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12
(12)
Horse silk
Tashgheel236
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12| J: Barry McHugh| T: Grant Tuer| OR:  76| D
80/1
4-y-o who ended time with Dermot Weld with success in a Listowel maiden (6.2f) 12 months ago. More miss than hit in handful of starts for present yard thereafter and the betting may well prove the best guide on return to action.
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13
(7)
Horse silk
Manigordop,t8
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-12| J: P Hanagan| T: T D Easterby| OR:  76| D
20/1
Drawn a blank since Thirsk win last April but he got back to somewhere near his recent best given a ground-saving ride towards inside rail when third at Chester (6f) 8 days ago, staying on to take a place close home. Each-way possibilities.
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14
(2)
Horse silk
Corinthia Knightp13
Age: 7|  Weight: 8-9| J: Harry Davies(5)| T: A Watson| OR:  73| CD
9/2
7-y-o who took his course record to 4-5 in refitted cheekpieces over C&D 2 weeks ago, finding extra late on to prevail from a career-low mark. Very promising rider's claim more than offsets weight rise and he has to be worth a look again from handy draw.
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15
(5)
Horse silk
Lezardrieux8
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-8| J: S H James| T: Grant Tuer| OR:  72| CD
25/1
Runner-up over C&D prior to landing handicaps at Catterick/Haydock last summer (including race in this series). Seemingly regaining full fitness in couple of outings this term and worth noting he's now operating below his last winning mark.
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16
(9)
Horse silk
Golden Apollop,t8
Age: 8|  Weight: 8-7| J: J P Sullivan| T: T D Easterby| OR:  71| CD
18/1
Winless since taking the Ayr Silver Cup back in 2019 but mark reflects that and he ran best race of the season when fourth in big-field York handicap over this trip 8 days ago. Cannot be discounted from this mark but he's clearly not one for maximum faith.
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17
(8)
Horse silk
Dark Shotb8
Age: 9|  Weight: 8-6| J: Jack Duern(3)| T: S Dixon| OR:  70| D
50/1
Won twice at Catterick (both at 6f) last autumn but essentially just ticking over so far this campaign and he ran below his best when seventeenth of 21 at York (6f) 8 days ago, ridden before halfway and never involved. Likely to find a few too good.
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Non-Runners

5
(15)
Horse silk
If You Dare22
Weight: 9-11|  Age: 4
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston  J: F Norton
NR

Forecasts

Ghathanfar (10/3), Corinthia Knight (9/2), Il Bandito (5/1), Dream Composer (6/1), Aberama Gold (9/1), Eilean Dubh (10/1), Music Society (11/1), Bergerac (12/1), If You Dare (16/1), Golden Apollo (18/1), Manigordo (20/1), Lezardrieux (25/1), Paws For Thought (28/1), Recall The Show (40/1), Margub (50/1), Dark Shot (50/1), Tashgheel (80/1)

Verdict

A fiendishly competitive sprint handicap to close the card, with DREAM COMPOSER given the narrow vote to come out on top. Having scored in good style over C&D in May, he followed up at Goodwood earlier this month and looks sure to go well in his hat-trick bid from a handy draw. Ghathanfar and course-specialist Corinthia Knight are others to consider, whilst dual Sky Bet series winner Eilean Dubh remains one to be positive about for all his draw in 17 makes life tougher.

Previous Winners

2021
Music Society
Weight: 9-6  |Age: 6
7/2

Prize Money

1st: £15,462.002nd: £7,251.003rd: £3,627.004th: £1,812.005th: £906.006th: £453.00

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