Bets Of The Day: The Major to finally come good at Pontefract

Jockey Phillip Makin has the chance the guide home Major Crispies at Pontefract
Jockey Phillip Makin has the chance the guide home Major Crispies at Pontefract

Alan enjoyed his second winner in two days with Shabaaby at Newmarket yesterday, and he heads to Pontefract with two bets for Sunday...

"I really like the angle of a drop down to 6f. He's always been a 6f or 7f horse on good or quick ground (soft is of no use to him), so a pace to run at over a stiff track could unlock something."

Back Major Crispies @ 15/2 Sportsbook price in the 17:40 at Pontefract

14:50 Pontefract - Tactics the key for Amlad success


At Pontefract's July meeting, I went with Custom Cut as a front runner for the column - as I do like those that force the pace here. I was somewhat miffed he was nutted at 1.201/5 in-running that day, but the pace angle is one to explore again.

This 1m4f handicap is a good contest, and the batch of three-year-olds tackling older horses come into play.

Step forward Ed Dunlop's Amlad - who I think is a better horse when making the running. He has won twice from the front this term at Beverley and Newmarket, and he's really improved for the step up in distance.

He isn't the biggest, but he gallops. Paul Mulrennan rode him at Beverley, so he'll know he can't ride him for a change of pace. In fact, there's quite a bit of speed on here despite the small field - but Mulrennan needs to grab that lead early from a wide draw to dictate.

Amlad blew out at the Goodwood Festival last time, but the ground was bottomless. A dry forecast with good ground should suit, and at 7.06/1 he looks a touch overpriced for a progressive horse.


17:40 Pontefract - One more chance for the Major

Backing a horse who is 1-29 in his career on the turf would test the bravery of Lord Cardigan - but in we go for Sunday on Major Crispies.

Let's not try to dress this up, he's a tricky customer who is a bit of a "stargazer" in a finish - his record recently tells us that. He was done in-running at 1.041/25 last month at Beverley, so we could also consider him for a short price lay for cover.

But go back far enough, and he was a good horse with a three figure rating. In fact, from a mark of 71 today - he is most certainly well treated even from last season's efforts racing from 85 with Jeremy Gask.

He's been with David O'Meara this term, and this could be the time the trainer will get everything to click. The visor is back on with the tongue-tie, and I really like the angle of a drop down to six furlongs. He's always been a 6f or 7f horse on good or quick ground (soft is of no use to him), so a pace to run at over a stiff track could unlock something.

Major Crispies has been unlucky in races at Musselburgh and Thirsk this season - he certainly didn't get a clear run in Scotland. However, he's not the type to go overboard with on those sort of efforts.

At 15/2 on the Sportsbook, he is worth chancing here, but watch out for the head carriage.


Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back Amlad 0.5pt @ 7.06/1 in the 14:50 at Pontefract
Back Major Crispies 0.5pt @ 15/2 Sportsbook price in the 17:40 at Pontefract

Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L

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