Through The Card: Pontefract, Friday May 26

There is Flat racing from Pontefract on Friday evening
There is Flat racing from Pontefract on Friday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Pontefract on Friday evening.


18:30 - INTERLINK (8) looks the obvious starting point making his debut for Mick Appelby. He won a weak Chelmsford maiden for Tony Coyle in October and was perhaps harshly dealt with by the handicapper for that success, but he starts out for a yard adept with such types off a potentially lenient mark now, and from a decent draw, it would be no surprise were he to figure. Jedd O'Keeffe has a good record at Pontefract and WHITKIRK (12) made an encouraging return at Haydock last month and he is also worth keeping on side in the opener.

19:00 - MUTADAFFEQ (2) had some fancy entries as a two-year-old and he belatedly fulfilled his promise when making an impressive winning return at Thirsk this month, quickly putting the race to bed two furlongs from home. A 9 lb rise is fully justified, and the feeling is that he is still ahead of the handicapper, so is strongly fancied to follow up.

19:30 - RUFUS KING (5) was easy to back on his debut at Newcastle last week, but he offered plenty to work on all the same. He seems sure to improve for that experience, like a lot of Mark Johnston's two-year-olds are this season, so he is preferred to Kevin Ryan's Havanna Star, who made a winning start at Beverley, but endured a hard race, and may prove vulnerable under a penalty.

20:00 - TUMBLEWIND (2) made a rather subdued return at York recently, but confirmed that all her powers are still intact over six furlongs at Ripon last week. She was carried right late on by the winner that day, which wasn't ideal, and she is one to be interested in back at five furlongs (all 5 wins at this trip). It also bodes well that connections have booked the much sought after Lewis Edmunds, whose 5 lb claim is invaluable, so form a handy draw, she makes plenty of appeal. BLACK GRASS (6) flourished last season, winning four times in all, and proved better than ever when sharing the spoils at Ripon on his return under this rider last month. He is clearly on an upward curve, and is another to consider in a trappy sprint sporting a first-time visor.

20:30 - BONNIE ARLENE (7)remains a maiden, but there are no concerns about her attitude, and she was most unlucky not to get her head in front at Kempton last month, just collared on the line by another improver (has won again since). That form looks solid, and she has to be worth another chance in a race of this nature.

21:00 - This doesn't look the strongest of maidens, and the well-bred ROMANTICISM (7) looks very interesting on her debut. Sir Michael Stoute can boast a particularly good record in maidens at Pontefract, and Romanticism is bred to have a bright future, so should be up to winning a maiden seemingly lacking in depth.


Win back MUTADAFFEQ in the 19:00

Placepot permutation:

18:30 - 8, 12
19:00 - 2
19:30 - 5
20:00 - 2, 6
20:30 - 7
21:00 - 7

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