April 22 / 14.52 Pontefract

14.52

Soft

Riu Hotels And Resorts Handicap

  • Prize money: £13915.8
  • 1m 2f 5y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Riu Hotels And Resorts Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 1/100- D

Last run: 283 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Won for the Crisford yard on debut in October 2022 (1m, good) and belatedly followed up last June (1m2f, good); no threat in Group 3/handicap the next twice (1m2f, good to firm) and returns from absence today, but retains potential and it will be no surprise if he goes well on stable debut (same owner).
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6/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 0435-3 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Won this on last year's reappearance (good to soft); 0-8 since but he reappeared with a good third at Doncaster (1m2f, soft) last month and there's every chance he'll be bang there.
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7th

14

(7)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

14:15 York

Lightening Company

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Ben Haslam

Won at Pontefract (1m2f) on 2023 reappearance; 0-9 since, closest when second off today's mark in the same Pontefract race (soft) on latest outing; unraced beyond 1m2f on Flat (some minor honours over hurdles) but it now looks worth the attempt.

14/1

7th

14

(7)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

14:15 York

Lightening Company

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Ben Haslam

Won at Pontefract (1m2f) on 2023 reappearance; 0-9 since, closest when second off today's mark in the same Pontefract race (soft) on latest outing; unraced beyond 1m2f on Flat (some minor honours over hurdles) but it now looks worth the attempt.

14/1

2nd

5

(6)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Lightening Company

8st 10lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Ben Haslam

midfield

6/1

11/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 3213- D BF

Last run: 213 days

W: 8st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Won at Ffos Las (1m2f, good to soft) last August on her third start and travelled well before weakening into third on handicap debut at Newbury (1m4f, soft) the following month; this very lightly raced filly brings potential to her 4yo campaign, especially now back down to 1m2f; key player.
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1st

6

(7)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

13:15 Lingfield

Esmeray

9st 6lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Won maiden at Ffos Las (1m2f, good to soft) last August; ran respectably when warm favourite since for handicaps at Newbury (1m4f, soft) in September and Pontefract (1m2f, soft) last month, failing to see those races out; still fairly early days after just five races.

11/4

1st

6

(7)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

13:15 Lingfield

Esmeray

9st 6lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Won maiden at Ffos Las (1m2f, good to soft) last August; ran respectably when warm favourite since for handicaps at Newbury (1m4f, soft) in September and Pontefract (1m2f, soft) last month, failing to see those races out; still fairly early days after just five races.

11/4

3rd

9

(3)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Esmeray

8st 4lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Ralph Beckett

Won at Ffos Las (1m2f, good to soft) last August on her third start and travelled well before weakening into third on handicap debut at Newbury (1m4f, soft) the following month; this very lightly raced filly brings potential to her 4yo campaign, especially now back down to 1m2f; key player.

11/4

Form: 7235-4 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
8yo whose losing sequence goes back 17 races to May 2022 but his form figures at this course read 32132, all over this trip (including third in this race last year on good to soft); reappeared with an encouraging fourth at Doncaster (1m2f, soft) last month and firmly in calculations now back here.
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6th

6

(9)

19th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Newmarket

Baryshnikov

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: David & Nicola Barron

Held up; won at Redcar (1m2f, soft) at start of the month and ran respectably at Chester one week later, a meeting he won at in 2021 and 2022; well treated on last summer's form and shouldn't end up far away.

10/1

6th

6

(9)

19th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Newmarket

Baryshnikov

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: David & Nicola Barron

Held up; won at Redcar (1m2f, soft) at start of the month and ran respectably at Chester one week later, a meeting he won at in 2021 and 2022; well treated on last summer's form and shouldn't end up far away.

10/1

6th

8

(11)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Baryshnikov

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: David & Nicola Barron

Won this race in 2021 and also landed the 0-105 C&D handicap at this meeting in 2022; a 1m2f Redcar win (soft) last week shows he's still capable of useful form and he's effectively running off only 2lb higher here; respected.

6/1

Form: 328-93

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Beaten 18 times since winning in 2020 on his second start, and needs to prove he can still get the job done; however, he posted two good placed efforts last autumn (1m2f, heavy/soft) and returned to form with a close third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) a fortnight ago; may not be far away.
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3rd

7

(7)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Toshizou

9st 6lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Acts on soft; beaten all 20 times since winning in 2020 on his second start; close third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) last month but two lesser efforts have followed; not proven over this far but yard is in good form.

9/1

3rd

7

(7)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Toshizou

9st 6lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Acts on soft; beaten all 20 times since winning in 2020 on his second start; close third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) last month but two lesser efforts have followed; not proven over this far but yard is in good form.

9/1

8th

12

(12)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Toshizou

9st 1lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Beaten 19 times since winning in 2020 on his second start; returned to form with a close third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) last month but beaten 9l when fifth back on turf at Pontefract since.

14/1

Form: 51114- CD BF

Last run: 195 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Progressive last season when the tongue-tie went on, landing a hat-trick, and the steady pace was against him when fourth at Leicester in October when last seen; this 4yo is open to further improvement this term and he's 2-2 here (both over this trip, including on good to soft); one to consider.
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6th

4

(5)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Forceful Speed

9st 1lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Progressive last season when the tongue-tie went on, landing a hat-trick, and the steady pace was against him when fourth at Leicester in October when last seen; this 4yo is open to further improvement this term and he's 2-2 here (both over this trip, including on good to soft); one to consider.

4/1

6th

4

(5)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Forceful Speed

9st 1lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

prominent

4/1

4th

10

(10)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Leicester

Forceful Speed

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

An improving 3yo who was nicely on top in the closing stages when bringing up his hat-trick at Epsom (1m4f, good); escapes a penalty for that and dropping back to 1m2f won't bother him; raised in grade but looks a major player.

3/1

9/1

Form: 70105- D

Last run: 156 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Has modest 2-17 strike-rate and he is inconsistent, but he's just 1lb higher than when winning at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last September and reappears with his trainer among the winners; not ruled out.
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16th

6

(12)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Thundering

9st 6lb

J: Sam James

T: Kevin Ryan

C&D second in 2022 but finished last in his two visits here last season, including at this meeting second time out; showed his good side to score at Ayr last September and has the same mark today, but he's inconsistent.

12/1

16th

6

(12)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:20 York

Thundering

9st 6lb

J: Sam James

T: Kevin Ryan

C&D second in 2022 but finished last in his two visits here last season, including at this meeting second time out; showed his good side to score at Ayr last September and has the same mark today, but he's inconsistent.

12/1

7th

8

(8)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Thundering

8st 9lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Has modest 2-17 strike-rate and he is inconsistent, but he's just 1lb higher than when winning at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last September and reappears with his trainer among the winners; not ruled out.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 21600- D

Last run: 191 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Last season ended with two disappointing runs (latterly on stable debut), but he reappears having had wind surgery and is just 1lb higher than when winning at Sandown last July; not discounted.
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14th

3

(9)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

14:45 York

Lord Protector

9st 4lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Last season ended with two disappointing runs (latter after leaving Ralph Beckett) and he was beaten 30l on last month's reappearance after wind surgery; 1lb lower than when winning at Sandown (1m2f, good) last July but best watched at present.

40/1

14th

3

(9)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

14:45 York

Lord Protector

9st 4lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Last season ended with two disappointing runs (latter after leaving Ralph Beckett) and he was beaten 30l on last month's reappearance after wind surgery; 1lb lower than when winning at Sandown (1m2f, good) last July but best watched at present.

40/1

8th

2

(2)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Lord Protector

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Last season ended with two disappointing runs (latterly on stable debut), but he reappears having had wind surgery and is just 1lb higher than when winning at Sandown last July; not discounted.

20/1

16/1

Form: 2440-0 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
11yo who is winless since 2021 and was tailed off on last month's comeback at Doncaster; it's hard to be confident on the back of that but he may have needed the run and he's on a handy mark on last year's best efforts.
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2nd

3

(3)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

14:05 Hamilton

Euchen Glen

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

raced in second, ridden over 2f out, stayed on but no chance with winner from over 1f out

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £44.30
Straight Forecast £44.54
Tricast £91.45
Trifecta £187.60

Selections

The Times:

Esmeray

NEWMARKET:

Forceful Speed

RP RATINGS:

Lightening Company

SPOTLIGHT:

Baryshnikov

Telegraph:

Bolster

The Guardian:

Esmeray

The Sun:

Esmeray

Daily Record:

Esmeray

D Express:

Forceful Speed

Daily Mirror:

Forceful Speed

POSTDATA:

Lightening Company

The Star:

Lightening Company

TOPSPEED:

Baryshnikov

Daily Mail:

Baryshnikov