Through The Card: Pontefract, Thursday 26 September

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There is Flat racing from Pontefract on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Pontefract on Thursday...

"...has undergone a breathing and gelding operation, and now tackles middle distances for the first time from what looks a workable opening mark..."

Timeform on All Points West

14:15 - This doesn't look the strongest race of its type, and ALBEN SPIRIT (1) will be hard to beat having stepped up on his debut promise when third in a similar event at York last time despite still looking very green. He sets the standard on that form and, with further improvement likely, should prove a tough nut to crack here. Vasari can follow him home.

14:50 - HIGH FLYING BIRD (2) has got better with each run, finding only one rival too good at Leicester last time. She knows her job now, but may have even more to offer now switched to nursery company, and is expected to go close breaking from a good draw in stall 2. Topkapi Star and Expensive Dirham are others to consider.

15:25 - YOUNG JOHN (6) looked as good as ever when landing a bit of a gamble at Chepstow two weeks ago, taking advantage of a falling mark, and remains leniently handicapped on his best form having won off marks in the low 80s in the past. Baby Steps caught the eye from a poor draw at Chester and is another to consider along with 3-time C&D winner Captain Dion.

16:00 - FRANICS XAVIER (1) was undoubtedly aided by how the race unfolded when making all at Ascot three weeks ago, dictating the pace and kicking off the home turn, tactics that work well at that course. That was still a likeable effort, though, and a subsequent 4 lb rise in the weights may not be a barrier to further success. Ayutthaya gained reward for his consistency at Haydock last time and is the obvious danger.

16:35 - MAX VEGA (4) made a promising start to his career when a neck second at Salisbury three weeks ago and has an excellent opportunity of going one better here. Green Book stepped up on his debut when runner-up at Nottingham and is next best, with Provocation making most appeal of the newcomers.

17:05 - Admittedly, PRESTBURY PARK (7) is on a lengthy losing run, having not got his head in front since a brace of juvenile wins in 2017 when trained by Mark Johnston, but he continues to fall in the weights, and shaped better than the bare result at Hamilton last time. He took a keen hold early that day, and his lack of a finishing effort is probably best excused as he made his effort two furlongs out widest of all. Better is expected today breaking from a fair draw and with the yard amongst the winners.

17:40 - ALL POINTS WEST (5) looks a typical Sir Mark Prescott improver now handicapping over a trip more in line with his breeding after showing ability in three starts as a juvenile. Indeed, he didn't show a great deal last season, but he did have three runs in relatively quick succession, and still appeared to be learning his job, too. Since then, All Points West has undergone a breathing and gelding operation, and now tackles middle distances for the first time from what looks a workable opening mark. He doesn't have any future entries as yet, but the stats and history say that All Points West is expected to show much more here.

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