Andy Holding bids to get the week of to a winning start with two bets at Pontefract (RUK).
BENJAMIN THOMAS (NAP) (best price 11-10) shaped with plenty of promise on his debut over today’s C&D 25 days ago, and with that all-important experience under his belt, he looks to have a glorious opportunity to get off the mark at the second time of asking. Racing just behind the speed after a fairly decent break for a newcomer, John Quinn’s charge worked himself into a reasonable position rounding the home bend and although he kept on all the way to the line from that juncture, he couldn’t quite cope with the more forwardly-ridden Father McKenzie in the latter stages, who also had the benefit of several previous runs. On the evidence of that performance and being a son of Mayson, he should be fine under today’s testing conditions, and from his favourable inside draw in stall two, he should have enough ability to overcome main market rival Lucky Mistake, who has had loads of chances.
For all the natural ability he has, it was quite extraordinary to think that AL DESTOOR (best price 5-1) took 16 races to get off the mark, but now he finally has the monkey off his back, it would come as little surprise to see Jenny Candlish’s inmate go from strength to strength. Showing all the battling qualities of a serial winner at Nottingham last time out, the son of Teofilo beat a decent field in decisive fashion, and although racing off a 5lb higher mark, the fact that there’s once again plenty of cut in the ground offsets that slight negative.