April 22 / 16.25 Pontefract

16.25

Soft

Into The Sky Pontefract Marathon Handicap (Round 2 Of The Pontefract Stayers’ Championship 2023)

  • Prize money: £3140.4
  • 2m 5f 139y
  • Class 6
  • 11 runners
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Into The Sky Pontefract Marathon Handicap (Round 2 Of The Pontefract Stayers’ Championship 2023)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Abandoned

Form: 43-536

Last run: 77 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 57

Form & Verdict
Below par on Southwell AW in February last time out, but ran well there in January and he's produced positive performances when tackling 2m2f at this course; versatile ground-wise and could be in the mix.
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9th

1

(9)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 6

18:20 Catterick

Cold Henry

9st 11lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Sara Ender

Two wins over 2m here in autumn of 2022; hasn't won since, but has several decent placed efforts to his credit; could go well, but perhaps better at 2m.

10/1

9th

1

(9)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 6

18:20 Catterick

Cold Henry

9st 11lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Sara Ender

Two wins over 2m here in autumn of 2022; hasn't won since, but has several decent placed efforts to his credit; could go well, but perhaps better at 2m.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 43354- BF

Last run: 156 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict
Has a poor 1-17 strike-rate and he'll have something to prove if the ground is soft or heavy; however, stamina looks an asset and he could be suited by today's test, which is his first outing beyond an extended 2m; returned from break with a run over hurdles last month (albeit well beaten).
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1st

3

(9)

23rd May 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:10 Chelmsford (AW)

Wannabe Brave

9st 10lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: James Fanshawe

dwelt start, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, pushed along and led under 2f out, drifted right from over 1f out, kept on

3/1

1st

3

(9)

23rd May 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:10 Chelmsford (AW)

Wannabe Brave

9st 10lb

J: Wesley Joyce

T: James Fanshawe

dwelt start, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, pushed along and led under 2f out, drifted right from over 1f out, kept on

3/1

Form: 52-126

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Won easily at Newcastle (2m, AW) in January and went close at Southwell (1m6f, AW) seven days later; well beaten at Newcastle next time but that was his third quick run in a row; has had a break since and could get back on track with a big performance; effective on turf when trained in Ireland.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

(3)

2nd May 2024

Good

1m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:35 Ayr

Show No Fear

8st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Rebecca Menzies

made all, set steady pace, increased tempo and went clear over 3f out, ridden and drifted left 2f out, eased inside final 110yds

100/30

1st

5

(3)

2nd May 2024

Good

1m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:35 Ayr

Show No Fear

8st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Rebecca Menzies

made all, set steady pace, increased tempo and went clear over 3f out, ridden and drifted left 2f out, eased inside final 110yds

100/30

Form: 06-286

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 55

Form & Verdict
On a long losing run and she has a patchy profile; however, she's twice finished runner-up since last July and she stays 2m5f over hurdles, so may have the necessary credentials for this assignment; not discounted.
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7th

3

(10)

27th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Alchemystique

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Steph Hollinshead

Last win came at 125-1 in a maiden hurdle in November 2021; went close over 1m6f here on his return in January but his two runs since have resulted in a tailed off at Newcastle (2m) and a sixth of 11 back at this track (1m4f); wasn't beaten far last time and now goes back up in trip but others are more convincing; hood reapplied.

25/1

7th

3

(10)

27th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Alchemystique

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Steph Hollinshead

Last win came at 125-1 in a maiden hurdle in November 2021; went close over 1m6f here on his return in January but his two runs since have resulted in a tailed off at Newcastle (2m) and a sixth of 11 back at this track (1m4f); wasn't beaten far last time and now goes back up in trip but others are more convincing; hood reapplied.

25/1

Abandoned

Form: 3/4/0/

Last run: 1400 days

W: 9st 7lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict
Went very close in 3m3f handicap chase last October and stamina won't be an issue today; however, that was at a lowly level and he was tailed off over hurdles in January last time out; this 13yo races on the Flat for the first time since 2020 (handicap debut in this code) and may be best watched.
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4th

6

7th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:12 Southwell

Lough Salt

10st 2lb

J: John Kington

T: Peter Winks

Veteran who went close at Sedgefield in October (3m3f, good) but he'll do well to get competitive here from well out of the weights.

33/1

4th

6

7th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:12 Southwell

Lough Salt

10st 2lb

J: John Kington

T: Peter Winks

Veteran who went close at Sedgefield in October (3m3f, good) but he'll do well to get competitive here from well out of the weights.

33/1

Abandoned

Form: /33133 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict
He's perhaps not straightforward (reportedly hung right-handed last time) but has been in good form over 2m on AW this year and he won on soft ground over hurdles in Ireland; could be a contender if seeing out the trip.
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1st

3

(3)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

18:40 Ripon

Ney

9st 8lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Danny Brooke

in touch with leaders against rail, switched left and waiting for room 4f out, smooth headway to lead over 2f out, pushed along and went clear over 1f out, ridden out inside final furlong, comfortably

2/1

1st

3

(3)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

18:40 Ripon

Ney

9st 8lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Danny Brooke

in touch with leaders against rail, switched left and waiting for room 4f out, smooth headway to lead over 2f out, pushed along and went clear over 1f out, ridden out inside final furlong, comfortably

2/1

1st

3

(2)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 6

18:20 Catterick

Ney

9st 8lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Danny Brooke

Ex-Irish; in good form for new yard, winning over 2m in first-time blinkers (retained) at Southwell in February; fair efforts on both starts since; below his best on four turf starts (latest in 2022) but has won over hurdles; interesting.

7/2

Abandoned

Form: 5/910-

Last run: 174 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 53

Form & Verdict
Has gone jumping this year and was tailed off on handicap hurdle debut last month; ran three times on the Flat last year, with two heavy defeats sandwiching a front-running win at Redcar (2m, soft); can't be written off but he's not a reliable proposition.
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5th

8

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 6

17:05 Doncaster

Gold Ring

9st 0lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Neil Mechie

led

25/1

5th

8

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 6

17:05 Doncaster

Gold Ring

9st 0lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Neil Mechie

led

25/1

Abandoned

Form: 1422-6

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 53

Form & Verdict
Creditable third in this race last year (good to soft) and he ended his campaign in good form (including on soft/heavy); didn't run badly on recent reappearance on AW and that outing could have put him spot on for today; last season's cheekpieces replace the blinkers adopted last time.
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2nd

5

(8)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

18:40 Ripon

Tarbat Ness

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: John Berry

switched sharply right soon after start, held up in rear, steady headway and going easily 3f out, went second over 1f out, chased clear leader inside final furlong, kept on but no match for winner

9/2

2nd

5

(8)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

18:40 Ripon

Tarbat Ness

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: John Berry

switched sharply right soon after start, held up in rear, steady headway and going easily 3f out, went second over 1f out, chased clear leader inside final furlong, kept on but no match for winner

9/2

4th

4

(7)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 6

18:20 Catterick

Tarbat Ness

9st 7lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: John Berry

Plenty of good runs over 2m last term, including a win off 5lb lower at Ffos Las in September (soft); fair run at Wolverhampton on reappearance when blinkers were tried; regular cheekpieces back on here; a possible despite drop in trip.

5/1

Form: 0500-6

Last run: 86 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Ran okay when sixth on stable debut at Kempton (2m, AW) in January, but he was inconsistent when trained in Ireland and others make greater appeal than this nine-race maiden.
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2nd

7

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Blenheim Lad

9st 4lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Camilla Poulton

Regressed in Ireland when trained by Andy Oliver; sold for 1,000gns in October and he faded into sixth of ten on his stable debut at Kempton (2m, Polytrack) in January; that was a respectable effort but he needs more back from another break.

9/1

2nd

7

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Blenheim Lad

9st 4lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Camilla Poulton

Regressed in Ireland when trained by Andy Oliver; sold for 1,000gns in October and he faded into sixth of ten on his stable debut at Kempton (2m, Polytrack) in January; that was a respectable effort but he needs more back from another break.

9/1

Form: /608-4

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 45

Form & Verdict
Fair fourth in 3m1f handicap hurdle last November, but that's just modest form and she was beaten 8l when fourth of seven back on the Flat at Southwell (2m, AW) recently; others have more pressing claims.
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6th

8

9th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

14:25 Huntingdon

Quiet Thunder

11st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Hollinshead

in touch with leaders, mistake and dropped to rear 3rd

25/1

6th

8

9th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

14:25 Huntingdon

Quiet Thunder

11st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Hollinshead

Sole win from 25 starts came in a novice hurdle in June 2022; fit from Flat and continues down the weights as a hurdler but others are more persuasive.

25/1

5th

10

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Quiet Thunder

9st 0lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Sarah Hollinshead

midfield

20/1

Abandoned

Form: 60/90/

Last run: 949 days

W: 8st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict
Has shown very little on his five Flat starts, the latest in 2021; plies his trade at a lowly level over fences but he's won his last two (2m3f/2m1f, soft) and has a basement mark for this return to the Flat; respected.
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1st

6

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

14:00 Market Rasen

Brickadank

10st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Record of 1-37 but his win came under a prominent ride in a handicap here (2m3f, soft) last month; up 4lb for that narrow success but his confidence should be boosted and he could go well again back in trip.

7/2

Verdict

Last year’s third TARBAT NESS can improve for his recent reappearance outing on AW and come out on top. Brickadank could be a big danger off his basement mark off the back of two chase wins, while Cold Henry has some good course form and cases can also be made for Wannabe Brave and Show No Fear.[Ben Hutton]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Tarbat Ness

The Times:

Ney

RP RATINGS:

Wannabe Brave

POSTDATA:

Brickadank

NEWMARKET:

Wannabe Brave

Telegraph:

Tarbat Ness

D Express:

Tarbat Ness

The Sun:

Tarbat Ness

The Star:

Tarbat Ness

Daily Record:

Tarbat Ness

The Guardian:

Ney

Daily Mail:

Ney

Daily Mirror:

Ney