Through The Card: Pontefract, Sunday July 30

There is listed action at Pontefract on Sunday
There is listed action at Pontefract on Sunday

Timeform take you through the card at Pontefract on Sunday.


14:00 - The Richard Fahey-trained SOSIAN (8) has run to a similar level both starts to date, narrowly beaten into second on both occasions. The stiffer 5f at Pontefract should play to her strengths given how she has been shaping and, in receipt of 6 lb from recent winner Kalagia, she is expected to open her account under Paul Hanagan.

14:30 - Tim Easterby continues amongst the winners and REGAL MIRAGE (9) is on a roll at present, landing the hat-trick at Hamilton last time. The way he drew clear that day over the 11f trip suggests that he should stay this far and, despite a further 8 lb rise in the weights, it would be folly to think this thriving three-year-old hasn't got more to offer. Liquid Gold has finished runner-up all three of her starts and looks the potential danger now handicapping up in trip.

15:00 - Redcar maiden winner NEAR KETTERING (6) was far from disgraced in a hot three-year-old handicap at Newmarket last time, and this represents a drop in grade for the lightly-raced colt. That race is working out well and, pitched in against his elders for the first time, he is expected to take full advantage. Miningrocks has been in tremendous form all summer and should make the selection work hard along with the consistent Beverley Bullet.

15:30 - This looks an open listed race, but the tough and reliable GABRIAL (4) often keeps better company than this, and could be set to capitalise on a drop in grade. The eight-year-old was far from disgraced in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot last month and, given he wasn't beaten far at York on his previous start, he is fancied to deservedly resume winning ways. John Gosden's Tashweeq sets the standard on his close third in the Hunt Cup, but he ran poorly in the Bunbury Cup from the same mark last time and needs to bounce back.

16:00 - GINN IN THE INN (1) has had his limitations exposed to a degree on his last two starts in useful handicaps, but a low draw and the return to a track he has a good record at provide hope of a better showing here. Furthermore, this grade of handicap is easier than the ones he has been contesting, so in an open affair, he receives a tentative vote. GIANT SPARK (8) was progressive last year and, though he is yet to fire properly this season, his mark continues to fall, and is well drawn in stall 1. He also sports first-time blinkers.

16:30 - SHARJA BRIDGE (6) shaped with plenty of encouragement on debut at Haydock in June, showing a level of form that would be good enough to win a lot of maidens, and he looks a banker to build on that and open his account. The two that finished in front of him that day have both won since, so the form is rock solid, and he is hard to oppose.

17:00 - A wide-open sprint handicap to finish, but METISIAN (10) is a low-mileage three-year-old going the right way, and was value for finishing alongside the first two having met late interference at Hamilton 10 days ago. In receipt of his handy weight-for-age allowance, all looks set fair for another big run, though C&D winner Oriental Splendour and Jack Luey are others also worth considering.

Placepot permutation:

14:00 - 8
14:30 - 9
15:00 - 6
15:30 - 4
16:00 - 1
16:30 - 6

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