13:45 Pontefract

GRIFTER (best price 5-1) has been knocking at the door in some keenly-contest nurseries of late and with today’s contest representing a seriously big drop in grade for Richard Fahey’s gelding, he should turn out to be extremely competitive with any amount of luck in this unusually large field. 

Shaping as though he may require an even greater test than a mile when staying on into third in a competitive affair at Ayr’s western meeting a month ago, the son of Dandy man ran an almost carbon copy race at the York last time out. Outpaced when the tempo increased three out, he kept on well in the closing stages without ever looking like a threat, but as that contest on the Knavesmire was a Class 2 event and the time figure was pretty healthy, he probably ran close to a personal best. Having already proven he can handle testing ground earlier in the season with his runner-up spot at Doncaster, this consistent youngster should be capable of going close under today’s conditions proving the draw isn’t flipped on its head. 

Grifter - 1pt e/w @ 5/1

17:25 Gowran Park

FENNOR CROSS (NAP) (best price 10-3) did extremely well to overcome a wide trip at Thurles last time out and having already shown his appreciation for today’s track courtesy of a victory in a similar race previously, John McConnell’s gelding can complete the hat trick on his return to the Co Kenny venue. 
An eye-catcher in useful maidens on several occasions earlier in the season, the four-year-old always looked like he was going to be a better proposition once handicapped and so it’s proved, with his victory here over mile two starts ago underlining that point. Appreciating the step up in trip that day, the son of Elzaam was never stronger than at the finish and he needed all of that stamina to gain the day last time out too, coming from some way back at halfway to get up in the dying strides. His performance 11 days, healthy though it was on the clock, can be upgraded even further on account of him being one of the few winners to make ground up down the middle of the track and with today’s extra two furlongs expected to bring about further improvement, even his revised mark of 60 may not be enough to halt his progress. 

Fennor Cross - 1pt @ 10/3