After another superb Royal Ascot things get back to normal. Nick Shiambouros returns with two selections from the Sunday meeting at Pontefract...
"She meets the winner on 9lbs better terms and has a decent chance of reversing the form"
15:30 Pontefract - Tioga Pass
Tioga Pass should run in to a place in this Listed contest.
This mare has bits and pieces of form in higher company, notably when finishing an excellent second to California in the Lilly Langtry at Goodwood last July. Trainer Paul Cole has trained some of the offspring of the Dam and knows this family particularly well. She appears to be improving with age, and should be backed in the place market at around 4.03/1 or bigger on the exchange.
It is no surprise to see Abingdon trading at 1.834/5. I had a pretty sizeable bet on her in the Park Hill at York last year but she disappointed behind Simple Verse. Her conditioner appears to have picked the right engagement for this progressive filly to begin her campaign, and I am not going to try to beat her. She is no value, but will be tough.
16:00 Pontefract - Aurora Gray
Aurora Gray is taken to upset the short priced favourite in this intriguing contest.
This filly finished a creditable third to Frederic over this course earlier this month. Making her first start in almost five months, she appeared to need the outing but put in some solid work in the closing stages. She meets the winner on 9lbs better terms and has a decent chance of reversing the form. At present she is trading at 6.411/2 on the exchange.
Frederic heads the market at 2.265/4. He has won a couple of races in great style since joining Keith Dalgleish, but has gone up considerably in the weights. I can afford to let him win at that price.
Front-running Akavit will ensure this race will be run at a true pace. He will try to stretch the field, but hopefully the selection can come at get him at the right time.
Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back Tioga Pass in the place market in the 15:30 at Pontefract
Back Aurora Gray in the 16:00 at Pontefract
Weekly P/L -.49
*For P/L purposes, all Exchange recommended bets will be settled at BSP if successful