There's a good card at Pontefract this afternoon and that's where we head for Monday's attempt at the Placepot...
Where The Boys Are ran well from the worst of the draw when last seen at Sandown in September, but she's more favourably berthed this afternoon and should put up a bold bid...
14:10- The obvious starting point in this five-furlong maiden is with Tawakkol, the only horse in the line up with any experience. Tawakkol showed plenty of promise when finishing third at Kempton on debut and should derive plenty of benefit from that experience. He's sure to be carrying plenty of units, however, so we'll also include Richard Fahey's debutant Black Magic who hails from a yard going well and has the plum draw in stall one if he's sharp enough to take advantage.
14:45- The expensively-purchased Wistar looked a decent prospect when overcoming inexperience to win on debut last year and it would be a surprise were he not to prove much better than a mark of 84 in time. There's a chance inexperience might hamper him on this occasion, though, so we'll also put in The Character as his prominent running style is often an advantage at this course, and he appears to be on a fair mark.
15:20- Yeeoow is on a long losing run at present but he's been running respectably on the all-weather, is on a fair mark and, crucially, has a good draw. There doesn't seem to a great deal of pace on and he should be capable of grabbing a decent early position. We'll also include Supplicant as he hails from an in-form yard, has been drawn well and is undoubtedly on a good mark.
15:50- Salford Dream has to race from out of the handicap but he's low mileage and his best efforts have come when faced with a test of stamina. He's untried beyond two miles, so this represents an even sterner test of his stamina, but he's worth chancing. Salford Dream's no banker, though, so it's also worth including Madam Lilibet as she's something of a course specialist and has won over three miles over hurdles, so should be suited by this test better than most.
16:20- Beardwood made a very encouraging start to his career when splitting the market principals on debut at Doncaster in November and ought to be up to the job on reappearance. We'll bank on Richard Fahey's unexposed three-year-old.
16:50- Where The Boys Are belatedly got off the mark when landing a gamble at Warwick on return last May, and she bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts with success at Doncaster in August. She ran well from the worst of the draw when last seen at Sandown in September, but she's more favourably berthed this afternoon and should put up a bold bid. With three places on offer, we'll bank on Where the Boys Are going close.
14:10- 1, 3
14:45- 2, 9
15:20- 4, 11
15:50- 3, 8
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