14:15 Pontefract


A competitive nursery event for leg one, but Richard Fahey’s MARINE LAKE ran her best race to date when fourth over course-and-distance in a minor event four weeks ago and should have more in the locker. She’s steadily progressive and, with the form of each of her efforts in defeat working out strongly, she wouldn’t need to improve much more to open her account here.

Ed Dunlop has a good record at this course (4-13, 27% strike-rate) and his sole runner on the card MARTHA’S MOMENT has to come into consideration here. She’s displayed signs of promise in finishing fourth in each of her three starts and she’s drawn well in stall three, so she looks a good option to finish in the first three.

14:45 Pontefract


The form of MADAME AMBASSADOR’s third last time was given a timely boost when the runner-up Nathanael Greene won a valuable pot over the weekend, while the fourth that day, Valsad, ran well to finish third behind the former at the weekend too. This filly is proving to be really consistent and her penultimate second, at Hamilton, looks a solid piece of form.

The winner of that race, Savvy Knight, ran well to finish fourth in the King George at Royal Ascot and advertise the form-lines. She has no rival of that calibre to deal with here and she sneaks in this off bottom-weight too. Jason Hart takes the ride, so in the hope stall seven doesn’t prove to be an issue, she should go close to winning this.

15:15 Pontefract

Leg 3 Selections: THUNDER BEAUTY

The feature race on the card is a competitive fillies’ and mares’ Listed event and it is hard to see David O’Meara’s THUNDER BEAUTY not being in the first three home in this. She has quite a bit in hand at the weights over her rivals, as she’s the highest-rated runner in the field and is getting three pounds from Roman Mist, who’s rated two pounds lower. This daughter of Night Of Thunder ran a great race when second to Saffron Beach in the Duke of Cambridgeshire and has a good chance of gaining compensation here.

15:45 Pontefract

Leg 4 Selections: SIR DANCEALOT

SIR DANCEALOT was a high-class Group performer in his youth and it’s interesting to see he’s been kept in training at the age of eight. This four-time Group Two winner shaped well on his return from a two year absence when seventh at Newcastle on the all-weather and should strip much fitter for that reappearance back on the turf from a favourable draw in stall two.

He has dropped a couple of pounds by the handicapper to a mark of 103 and that is lenient for a horse of his quality and ability, given he was rated as high as 117 in his prime. All of his best form has come under these conditions and while he’s forced to shoulder top-weight, he’s the class act in the field and will roll back the years if anywhere near the horse he was two years ago.

16:15 Pontefract


FLEETWOOD PIER, who shaped a lot better than the beaten margin indicated at York last time as he finished his race very strongly having been set with far too much to do. He drops in grade off the same mark here and has room for manoeuvre off his current mark with Paul Mulrennan in the saddle for the first time. He’s had just the six career starts and has finished second in three of those and the form of his second at Nottingham and Redcar makes him look well-treated in this race. He could deliver a knockout blow to most Placepot holders.

His stablemate DIAMOND HAZE is in very good form and ran a good race when second eight days ago. He is only two pounds higher than when winning on his penultimate start and remains on a fair mark based upon last season’s form. I think he’s a good choice for the Placepot in leg five.

16:45 Pontefract

Leg 6 Selections: CHIMED

This race revolves around Sir Michael Stoute’s CHIMED was extremely disappointing last time, where he could only finish sixth having been sent off odds-on favourite, but he’s better than that and is worth another chance with William Buick in the saddle in the hope he can place.

His neck second to the 99-rated Maksud at Windsor is a strong piece of form, while his debut third to Al Nafir also reads well in the context of this event. Even if he can’t get the job done at the fourth time of asking here, he still should be more than able to fill the frame and get us past the final leg if we get here.