• 14:10 Pontefract Handicap 1m 2f 6y

  • Winner £2,811 2nd £872 3rd £436 4th £218
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 14.65s
  • Off time: 14:10:41
14:10 Pontefract Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Umverti 15/2
2nd Avitus 11/2
3rd Bateau Bleu 14/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 859121 Light green, brown braces and armlets, white cap Film Festival (USA) 10 (ex6)
7 11-8 B Ellison Mr John Willey (7) 67 11/43.75
3 (4) 2/136-0 Grey, Pink seams, Grey cap Farleigh 192
4 11-5 George Baker Mr M Mitchell (7) 70 28/129.00
4 (7) 302712 Yellow, Emerald Green braces, hooped sleeves, Yellow cap Umverti 10
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 11-3 N Bycroft Mr Seb Spencer (5) 68 15/28.50
5 (6) 518-3D5 Red, Yellow disc, quartered cap Prince Golan (IRE) 55
6 10-10 R J Price Mr M Price (3) 61 9/110.00
6 (3) 022310 RED, YELLOW star, hooped sleeves, check cap Avitus 10
Course and Distance Winner
4 10-6 Micky Hammond Mr J H Brooke (5) 57 11/26.50
7 (9) 564942 Royal Blue, White chevron, checked sleeves and cap Holiday Cocktail 10
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-6 p J J Quinn Mr S Walker 57 15/82.88
8 (8) 97014-8 Orange, black chevron, hooped sleeves, striped cap Bateau Bleu 22
Distance Winner
3 10-2 v B Haslam Charles Bishop (7) 62 14/115.00
9 (2) 656508 Red, Black hoop and armlets, Red cap, White star Mountain Pass (USA) 11
8 10-2 t B J Llewellyn Mr R J Williams (7) 53 50/151.00
Non runners
2 (1)005722River Ardeche511-7B HaslamJack Quinlan72


FILM FESTIVAL is bang in-form and gets the vote in the opener from Holiday Cocktail, Umverti and River Ardeche. Brian Ellison's charge won tidily under a positive ride last time and similar tactics should be adopted here as this is his minimum trip. The stiff finish will of course bring his stamina into play and he can defy a 6lb rise in the weights. Holiday Cocktail loves it here and will receive maximum assistance from the saddle. He's a three time course and distance winner including off higher marks for this rider, but the fact he's not won since landing this two years ago tempers enthusiasm. Umverti needs a career best to win from a perch of 68 and if that's to happen she'll also require an end-to-end gallop as she's really a 1m4f mare, while River Ardeche doesn't win as often as he should but ran well over course and distance two starts back. Bateau Bleu is interesting with the visor back on for only his second start of the season, Avitus disappointed last time but can get involved if returning to his previous efforts and Farleigh is unexposed, but Film Festival is in fine form and can add to his tally.