Through The Card: Pontefract, Thursday September 21

There is Flat racing at Pontefract on Thursday
There is Flat racing at Pontefract on Thursday

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

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14:20 - The Michael Dods-trained ROSSALL (7) is building up a pretty solid profile and could be the way to go on his fifth start. He progressed with each of his first three runs and shaped as though his mark wasn't beyond him when beaten just over a length on his handicap debut at Carlisle last time. There are a few possible dangers, headed by Harrogate who has been runner-up on his last two starts and who possibly paid the price for forcing too strong a pace last time. Militia made a promising start to his career when third at York recently and is likely to improve, while Jonboy shaped quite a bit better than the result on his Hamilton debut last month.

14:50 - This is wide open. Having previously plied his trade over 7f/1m, it's reasonable to assume BRIYOUNI (2) failed to stay 10f last time and he might be worth siding with having shaped as if coming to hand when runner-up at Thirsk prior to that. He has regained some of his earlier sparkle since being fitted with cheekpieces and is worth another chance. Irish raider Pushaq and the consistent Election Day, who has hit the frame in each of his five starts in 2017, are a couple of others who are likely to be in the shake-up.

15:25 - The Richard Fahey-trained LUDORUM (8) looks the big potential improver on his handicap debut here. He boasts some solid maiden form, having broken his duck at the third time of asking at Ripon earlier this month, and could be very well treated off an opening mark of 74 from a favourable draw. There should be a good pace on, which will suit the unexposed Alfred Richardson and Peterhouse, while it's too soon to give up on Kharbetation, for all that he hasn't fired on his two starts since a pleasing reappearance at York in July.

16:00 - A hot fillies' handicap that can go to the improving CLON COULIS (2), who impressed when winning at Hamilton last month. The David Barron-trained filly has now won both of her starts at courses with a stiff uphill finish and this unexposed filly can win again. Newmarket-raider Tirania looks the obvious danger, having clocked a good closing sectional when successful at Musselburgh last time, though both of her wins have come over further. Last year's winner Kassia took a big step back in the right direction at Salisbury and is two from two over C&D.

16:30 - Plenty of the usual faces and a fairly big shortlist, with C&D winner BULAS BELLE (7) chanced under a promising 7 lb claimer. The Grant Tuer-trained mare is down to a mark of 70 - 4 lb below her most recent win, which came at this venue last June - and she looks capable of outrunning her double-figure price. Transpennine Star looks a big danger, while Almost Gemini and TYRELL (4) must also be considered. The last-named is having his first start since leaving Alan King and any support in the market would look significant.

17:05 - HATS OFF TO LARRY (5) tops Timeform ratings here after produced his best effort yet when second in an easy-ground maiden at Goodwood earlier this month. The Mick Channon-trained colt looks to have been found an easier opportunity here and is taken to open his account. Misscarlett, who shaped well on her debut at Thirsk last month, and Mesbaar, who improved plenty for his debut when second at Wolverhampton last time, are both open to improvement and look the most likely dangers.

17:35 - MY GIRL MAISIE has bounced back to form of late and posted her best effort yet when scoring at Musselburgh last month. Less exposed than most of her rivals here, she is fancied to follow up in the finale. Penny Pot Lane and Ypres head the list of dangers.

Recommendation:

Win back BULAS BELLE (7) in the 16:30 at Pontefract

Placepot permutation:

14:20 - 7
14:50 - 2
15:25 - 8
16:00 - 2
16:30 - 4, 7
17:05 - 5

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