Pontefract stage their first meeting of the Flat season on Tuesday, and Alan Dudman is on hand with two win selections from the Yorkshire venue...
"David O'Meara's five-year-old won a handicap at Ayr last season over 1m5f, and even that looked on the sharp side, as he tends to hit a flat spot. Pontefract could be absolutely ideal for the son of Manduro, who looks every inch a grinding type."
The start of the Flat season has seen trainer Tom Dascombe's horses start fairly well - and his Reflektor can have a big say in the 15:10.
The three-year-old landed a Leicester maiden on his fourth start last year as a juvenile, and put in a much-improved display on soft ground to win by three-and-a-half lengths. He relished testing ground that afternoon, and seemed to enjoy front running tactics. That race has worked out too - with a couple of the vanquished going on to net victories - including multiple scorer Kingsley Klarion.
Dascombe's charge makes his handicap debut from a mark of 84 on Tuesday, and is drawn to attack in three. I certainly like pacesetters at the Yorkshire venue, and this horse is related to a couple of decent sprinters. He looks the type who could pick up a few pots this season.
15:45 Pontefract - Stamina the key for Sinakar
Round One of the Pontefract Stayers Championship for 2016. A grand title, and a race that includes a couple of old favourites and the winner of the last two runnings of this marathon - Surprise Vendor.
With the forecast heavy ground, this extreme test could see a few wobbling at the end of the 2m2f. One horse who has been crying out for a stiff track and a trip is Sinakar. And he gets the nod at 8.07/1.
David O'Meara's five-year-old won a handicap at Ayr last season over 1m5f, and even that looked on the sharp side, as he tends to hit a flat spot. Pontefract could be absolutely ideal for the son of Manduro, who looks every inch a grinding type.
As much as I enjoy these staying races, there are plenty of beatable horses in this. I think American Life might go well in the ground, but Sinakar is a potential improver in a bad affair. Consider throwing in a substantial back in-running at 50 plus with his style and flat spot.
Tuesday's Recommended Bets
Back Reflektor @ 6/1 Sportsbook price in the 15:10 at Pontefract
Back Sinakar @ 8.07/1 in the 15:45 at Pontefract
Alan Dudman's profit and loss
This Week: -2.00
Previous Week: +12.50
2016 P/L: +20.46
2015 P/L: +20.14