Pontefract Placepot: Monday June 29

Pontefract has a good day of racing on Monday
Pontefract has a good day of racing on Monday

There are plenty of interesting handicaps at Pontefract today and that is where we head for our Placepot attempt.

"This looks a very tight affair and it is worth including both Gold Medallion, a successful debutant for the red hot Mark Johnston yard who holds Group 1 entries..."

2:30 - With plenty of pace predicted this could play into the hands of Pertuis, who is not the most straightforward of characters but was successful from a 3lb lower mark at Catterick in April and has one of the better lady amateur riders on board.

3:00 - This looks a very tight affair and it is worth including both Gold Medallion, a successful debutant for the red hot Mark Johnston yard who holds Group 1 entries, and Mon Beau Visage, who provided a rare juvenile win for the David O'Meara yard on debut and should have more to offer in this better company.

3:30 - Graham Lee is an eye-catching booking on Tinsill and he may go close from a 6lb lower mark than when winning at Newcastle last season. Although rather inconsistent this season the three-year-old State of the Union is also interesting getting weight from the older horses here in a change of headgear.

4:00 - Mambo Paradise was stretched over a mile on his first start into open handicaps and he is expected to go close returned to a more favourable trip today. Augusta Ada was a C&D winner off a 3lb higher mark last season and the booking of Ryan Moore shows he might be ready to match that effort here today and improve on his disappointing starts this season.

4:30 - Plenty of interesting types in here, not least Hookergate Grammar who finished with running left last time out and remains open to improvement over this longer trip. Dew Pond is also lightly raced at his optimum trip and could build on his second in a similar contest at Beverley last time.

5:00 - Edgar Balthazar was lit up in first-time blinkers last time, so it is probably a positive that they are left off on this occasion. Although his maiden victory last season seems a long time ago now, the form is strong and if he can finally put it all together he can go close in an open contest.

Recommendations:
14:30 - 4
15:00 - 3,5
15:30 - 8,9
16:00 - 6,7
16:30 - 6,8
17:00 - 3
= 16 lines

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