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"He already looks ready for this step up in trip, and with improvement surely in the pipeline, he is difficult to oppose."

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GIFT OF KINGS - 15:20 Pontefract

GIFT OF KINGS confirmed the promise of his previous run when opening his account at Newcastle last time, making his effort entering the final furlong and finding plenty to lead to the line. That form has been franked already and a 3 lb rise in the weights may not be enough to stop him going in again.

OPERA GIFT - 15:50 Pontefract

OPERA GIFT was one of three newcomers to shape well behind an experienced winner in what looked an above-average maiden at Goodwood last week, held back by inexperience but staying on under considerate handling in the final furlong. He already looks ready for this step up in trip, and with improvement surely in the pipeline, he is difficult to oppose.

LITTLE TED - 16:20 Pontefract

LITTLE TED racked up a couple of back-to-back wins in mile handicaps back in June, and has continued to shaped encouragingly in defeat since. He went like the best horse at the weights for almost all of the race at Ripon last time, ultimately paying the price for having made a big move forward from off the pace, and it shouldn't be too long before he gets his head back in front from this sort of mark.

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20% - Mark Johnston's strike rate at PONTEFRACT since the start of the 2016 season (saddles WADACRE GALOUBET 14:50)

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