STRAITS OF MALACCA won a higher grade sprint at Pontefract during the week. With an apprentice's allowance negating most of a penalty, Kevin Ryan's charge gets the vote to go in again. Aya's Gift may improve making his handicap debut but hasn't raced since August and Straight Gin is preferred on the back of a third over track and trip when Baltic Spirit finished down the field. Dancing Juice won at Redcar last month and this looks easier than his latest task at Leicester.
Straits Of Malacca 16-1 (8-9) Chased leader, led over 1f out, kept on, won at Pontefract 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Argent Touch (8-5) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Madagascar Moll (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Lexington Rose (9-7) at Carlisle 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Aya's Gift 10-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, ran on strongly, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Fine Art Fair (9-5) at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Razin' Hell 33-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden 3f out, no impression, 10th of 12, 20l behind The Dukkerer (9-2) at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Baltic Spirit (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Emily Davison (8-2) at Hamilton 5f sell hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Dancing Juice 7-1 (8-1) Took keen hold, pressed winner, led briefly over 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind The Dandy Yank (9-7) at Leicester 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Chuckamental 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 7l behind Bashiba (8-7) at Leicester 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Straight Gin 14-1 (8-5) Close stand side and raced alone, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Emily Davison (8-2) at Hamilton 5f sell hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Mossy Marie (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Mr McLaren (9-5) at Hamilton 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Jun.