April 22 / 15.22 Pontefract

15.22

Soft

Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Save Lives Handicap (Div I)

  • Prize money: £5234
  • 1m 0f 6y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Save Lives Handicap (Div I)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 5468-5 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Won four times last April-July (good to soft-heavy), including this race; went up the weights and he's finished no better than fourth since his last win, but he's edging back down the handicap and could improve for his reappearance outing here three weeks ago.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

3

(4)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 75y

Class 4

16:05 Nottingham

On The River

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Harriet Bethell

took keen hold, prominent, steadied and lost ground soon after start

4/1

7th

3

(4)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 75y

Class 4

16:05 Nottingham

On The River

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Harriet Bethell

Won four times last season, including this race; struggled at Pontefract on his return last month but he's bounced back with a win and close second there (both at 1m on soft) in last two runs; only 1lb higher than last time and he's a big player back at this track; all wins have been on good or slower but he handles most ground.

4/1

2nd

4

(5)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 4

15:50 Pontefract

On The River

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Harriet Bethell

Took his form up a notch when an authoritative C&D scorer nine days ago; goes well on soft going so he's a player turned out under a 5lb penalty.

9/4

7/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 42443- D

Last run: 196 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
0-15 last year but placed on several occasions, including when third of 16 over C&D (good to soft) last October when last seen; has run pretty well on each of her last two reappearances and she might not be far away.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

10

(9)

19th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:50 Ripon

Golden Melody

9st 1lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Tim Easterby

Hasn't won since 2022, but came close last week when a neck-second over C&D (good) having travelled well; up 2lb; should go well again.

7/2

8th

10

(9)

19th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:50 Ripon

Golden Melody

9st 1lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Tim Easterby

Hasn't won since 2022, but came close last week when a neck-second over C&D (good) having travelled well; up 2lb; should go well again.

7/2

2nd

6

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

19:50 Ripon

Golden Melody

9st 6lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders

8/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 54751- D

Last run: 203 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 66

Form & Verdict
Won three times at Hamilton (1m1f/1m, various ground) last year, including in October when last seen; can also be effective elsewhere (this is his first run here) and ran well first time up last term; possible player.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

8

(6)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

16:23 Hamilton

Arkenstaar

9st 0lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Won three times over 1m/1m1f here last season on ground ranging from good to firm to soft; ran as though needing the race when third on Pontefract reappearance (1m, soft); likely to have come on for that run; major contender.

9/4

1st

8

(6)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

16:23 Hamilton

Arkenstaar

9st 0lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Won three times over 1m/1m1f here last season on ground ranging from good to firm to soft; ran as though needing the race when third on Pontefract reappearance (1m, soft); likely to have come on for that run; major contender.

9/4

3rd

7

(9)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

15:22 Pontefract

Arkenstaar

9st 0lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Won three times at Hamilton (1m1f/1m, various ground) last year, including in October when last seen; can also be effective elsewhere (this is his first run here) and ran well first time up last term; possible player.

11/2

Form: 13214-

Last run: 205 days

W: 8st 11lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
Five wins last year, four of them over 1m2f at her favourite course Beverley, but she also won over 1m1f at Carlisle and has shown promise here, too; runner-up on last year's reappearance and could be involved on this season's comeback if the ground makes today's race a test of stamina.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

9

(9)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

19:50 Ripon

Dandys Angel

9st 4lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: John Wainwright

held up in rear

25/1

7th

9

(9)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

19:50 Ripon

Dandys Angel

9st 4lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: John Wainwright

Five wins last year, four of them at Beverley; has not fired in two runs this year though and need to see a bit more before getting involved.

25/1

13th

9

(6)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 96y

Class 5

15:40 Beverley

Dandys Angel

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: John Wainwright

Five-time course winner but all were over 1m2f, the latest on heavy ground last September; likely to come on for recent Pontefract run, but today's trip is shorter than ideal.

12/1

Form: 200-66

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Well handicapped on AW form as recent as last April and it's possible the first-time hood will help this headstrong sort, but he's finished well beaten on his last four starts and a major turnaround is needed.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

6

(12)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 5

16:20 Thirsk

First Dynasty

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Sam England

held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms

25/1

10th

6

(12)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 5

16:20 Thirsk

First Dynasty

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Sam England

held up in rear

25/1

5th

5

(8)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

15:22 Pontefract

First Dynasty

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Sam England

Well handicapped on AW form as recent as last April and it's possible the first-time hood will help this headstrong sort, but he's finished well beaten on his last four starts and a major turnaround is needed.

20/1

7/4

Form: 7-0521 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Form can be up and down but he went close at Doncaster (7f, soft) last month then easily made all at Windsor (1m, good) last Monday; 5lb penalty is unlikely to stop him if he can reproduce that latest form.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

3

(9)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:55 Southwell (AW)

Perseverants

9st 7lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Scott Dixon

Wolverhampton winner early last year who scored in some style at Windsor (1m, good) this month but was disappointing under his penalty at Pontefract (1m, soft) six days ago; not quite sure what to expect after that; stable also runs Visibility.

12/1

10th

3

(9)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:55 Southwell (AW)

Perseverants

9st 7lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Scott Dixon

Wolverhampton winner early last year who scored in some style at Windsor (1m, good) this month but was disappointing under his penalty at Pontefract (1m, soft) six days ago; not quite sure what to expect after that; stable also runs Visibility.

12/1

6th

1

(6)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

15:22 Pontefract

Perseverants

10st 1lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Scott Dixon

Form can be up and down but he went close at Doncaster (7f, soft) last month then easily made all at Windsor (1m, good) last Monday; 5lb penalty is unlikely to stop him if he can reproduce that latest form.

7/4

12/1

Form: 31550- D

Last run: 198 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Won four times last April-August (1m-1m3f, soft-good); campaign ended with three lesser runs and the drop back to 1m isn't an obvious plus, but the break may have helped and he's off his last winning mark; not discounted.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

5

(4)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

19:50 Ripon

Dogged

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Rebecca Menzies

took keen hold, held up in rear

8/1

9th

5

(4)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 170y

Class 5

19:50 Ripon

Dogged

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Rebecca Menzies

Four wins last season, two of them at this track; ended 2023 quietly and he was well held on his seasonal return 18 days ago; slipped back down the weights as a consequence though and a revival could be imminent.

8/1

7th

6

(1)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

15:22 Pontefract

Dogged

9st 1lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won four times last April-August (1m-1m3f, soft-good); campaign ended with three lesser runs and the drop back to 1m isn't an obvious plus, but the break may have helped and he's off his last winning mark; not discounted.

12/1

OUR TIP

10/1

Form: 00-548

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Fair fourth off 3lb higher at Newcastle (1m, AW) last month and didn't see out 1m2f there last time; each-way possible now back down in trip.
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Date / Going /
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

(11)

18th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 218y

Class 5

17:30 Thirsk

Paris Lights

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Paul Midgley

slowly away, in rear

20/1

8

(11)

18th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 218y

Class 5

17:30 Thirsk

Paris Lights

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Paul Midgley

Just one win from 16 starts and he's finished a remote eighth at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) and Pontefract (1m, soft) in last two runs; passed over.

20/1

8th

3

(4)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

15:22 Pontefract

Paris Lights

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Paul Midgley

Fair fourth off 3lb higher at Newcastle (1m, AW) last month and didn't see out 1m2f there last time; each-way possible now back down in trip.

10/1

14/1

Form: 6233-7

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Displayed promise last March-July for Harry Eustace and sold for 5,000gns last October; this lightly raced 4yo reportedly lost his action on last month's reappearance at Newcastle (eased) and isn't written off, but he has something to prove regarding his current form.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

4

(2)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

15:22 Pontefract

Man Of AAn

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Liam Bailey

Displayed promise last March-July for Harry Eustace and sold for 5,000gns last October; this lightly raced 4yo reportedly lost his action on last month's reappearance at Newcastle (eased) and isn't written off, but he has something to prove regarding his current form.

14/1

9th

4

(2)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

15:22 Pontefract

Man Of AAn

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Liam Bailey

Displayed promise last March-July for Harry Eustace and sold for 5,000gns last October; this lightly raced 4yo reportedly lost his action on last month's reappearance at Newcastle (eased) and isn't written off, but he has something to prove regarding his current form.

14/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £20.80
Straight Forecast £20.83
Tricast £155.01
Trifecta £198.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Perseverants

THE NORTH:

On The River

Telegraph:

Arkenstaar

TOPSPEED:

Golden Melody

The Guardian:

Arkenstaar

Daily Mail:

On The River

The Sun:

On The River

RP RATINGS:

Perseverants

POSTDATA:

Perseverants

D Express:

Perseverants

Daily Mirror:

Perseverants

The Star:

Perseverants

Daily Record:

Perseverants

The Times:

Golden Melody