Timeform Shortlist: Pontefract, Wednesday 8 August

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"...there’s little doubt that he’s well weighted nowadays, particularly if a recent wind operation helps his cause."

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2.20 Samantha Kerley Birthday Handicap (Gentleman Amateur Riders) (5) 1¼m5y

Analyst's Verdict:
Final Rock continues to progress and impressed with his attitude when landing the hat-trick at Yarmouth last week. With top amateur Simon Walker booked, he is taken to continue his winning run. Make Me and Demurrer are also on the up and are both respected in what looks a competitive opener.

Timeform Top Rated:
86p 2. FINAL ROCK Sir Mark Prescott Bt Mr Simon Walker
86 6. DIFFERENT JOURNEY Michael Easterby Mr Alexander Fielding (5)
85p 5. MAKE ME Tim Easterby Mr William Easterby

2.50 Jayne - On Course Lady Bookmaker EBF Novice Stakes (4) 6f
Timeform Rating of previous winners: 87 106 80 80 98 (Avg 90)

Analyst's Verdict:
Watchmyeverymove looked a useful prospect when beating 15 rivals to make a winning debut at Windsor and is taken to defy a penalty. Ventura Ocean disappointed last time but his debut form is backed up by the timefigure so he still rates the biggest threat.

Timeform Top Rated:
96p 1. WATCHMYEVERYMOVE Stuart Williams Callum Rodriguez (3)
95 8. VENTURA OCEAN Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
85 7. SWISS CONNECTION Bryan Smart Graham Lee

3.20 Bet With Jayne - Your Local Bookmaker Handicap (5) 1m6y

Analyst's Verdict:
Zeshov returned to form from an easing mark when third up against a couple of well-treated sorts at Musselburgh 5 weeks ago and could be about to end his losing run. Beverley Bullet was back to his very best when just denied at Beverley last week and is the obvious threat, while the unexposed Little Jo also makes the shortlist after his excellent comeback at Newcastle.

Timeform Top Rated:
83 3. ZESHOV Rebecca Bastiman Daniel Tudhope
82 5. BEVERLEY BULLET Lawrence Mullaney Graham Lee
81+ 8. TOTALLY MAGIC Richard Whitaker Phil Dennis (3)

3.50 tiesplanet.com - Ladies Love Guys In Ties Handicap (3) 1½m5y

Analyst's Verdict:
His Musselburgh blip aside, Reverend Jacobs is a handicapper on the up, keeping on really well to justify sustained support at Newmarket on Friday, and he's the one to beat under a penalty. Star of The East is an uncomplicated sort who heads the opposition.

Timeform Top Rated:
110 3. REVEREND JACOBS William Haggas James Doyle
109 5. BOLDER BOB David Barron Ben Curtis
109 6. MUKHAYYAM Tim Easterby David Allan

4.20 Chaplins Club Handicap (5) 5f3y

Analyst's Verdict:
Classic Pursuit arrives here in top form, and though he has a double penalty to shoulder, the fact he has landed stall 1 should ensure he will take some pegging back. Bondi Beach Boy is berthed next door and has scope to do better for his new yard.

Timeform Top Rated:
89 1. CLASSIC PURSUIT Michael Appleby Theodore Ladd (7)
88 3. FOXTROT KNIGHT Ruth Carr James Sullivan
88 6. EXTRASOLAR Geoffrey Harker Sam James

4.50 Riu Hotels And Resorts Ladies Day Veterans' Handicap (4) 1m6y

Analyst's Verdict:
First Flight's effort over C&D 19 days ago is easy to forgive given he was held up in a steadily-run affair, and there's little doubt that he's well weighted nowadays, particularly if a recent wind operation helps his cause. Alejandro is solid at this level, with Rockwood another to consider.

Timeform Top Rated:
98 7. FINGAL'S CAVE Philip Kirby P. J. McDonald
97 5. ALEJANDRO David Loughnane Sam James
97 6. ROCKWOOD Karen McLintock David Allan

5.25 Keith Hammill Memorial Handicap (4) 6f

Analyst's Verdict:
Arcavallo has been cut some slack by the handicapper and got back on track when runner-up at Doncaster last time. He makes most appeal in the finale. Mr Orange and Full Intention are other key players.

Timeform Top Rated:
90 3. ZAPPER CASS Michael Appleby Alistair Rawlinson
89 5. FULL INTENTION Alistair Whillans P. J. McDonald
89 6. MUTABAAHY Antony Brittain Cam Hardie


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