• 17:50 Racing Next Monday Apprentice Handicap1m 4f 8y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 42.26s
  • Off time: 17:51:49
17:50 Pontefract Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Woody Waller 8/1
2nd King Fingal (IRE) 4/1
3rd Maybe I Wont 16/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 12315/ Light blue, red and white striped sleeves, red cap, white seams, blue hoop Night Cruise (IRE) 1109
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 9-7 Ian Williams Mr Alex Edwards (5) 73 4/15.00
2 (5) 4-23134 LIGHT GREEN, PURPLE hoops, LIGHT GREEN sleeves Eseej (USA) 12
Distance Winner
5 9-7 P W Hiatt J Cavanagh (3) 73 7/18.00
3 (8) 298550- White, red hoop, chevrons on sleeves King Fingal (IRE) 185
Course Winner
5 9-7 J J Quinn D T Da Silva 73 4/15.00
4 (2) 245057- Red and royal blue stripes, royal blue and white halved sleeves, white cap Sgt Schultz (IRE) 123
Distance Winner
7 9-6 J S Moore R Clark 72 9/25.50
5 (3) 83327-6 Red and White diabolo, hooped sleeves, Red cap Tilos Gem (IRE) 28
4 9-5 M Johnston J P Fahy 72 9/25.50
6 (6) 214/50- Royal Blue, large Red spots, hooped sleeves, Red cap Woody Waller 142
5 9-4 J Howard Johnson Lee Topliss (3) 70 8/19.00
7 (7) 193729- White, Red inverted triangle, White sleeves, Red spots, quartered cap Maybe I Wont 225
5 8-10 Lucinda Featherstone David Kenny 62 16/117.00
8 (1) 735-140 Light green, brown braces and armlets, white cap Mehendi (IRE) 8
4 8-6 b B Ellison Matthew Lawson (3) 59 14/115.00


A poor end to a good card that can go to MEHENDI ahead of Tilos Gem, Eseej and Woody Waller. Our preference for Brian Ellison's runner is only marginal as he was beaten out of sight last time, however we do expect better now he's returned to what looks his optimum trip. There's no doubt our gelding isn't quite as good on turf as he is on artificial surfaces on what we've seen but he's only had 12 starts, has won one of them, and the difference in his effectiveness is reflected in his respective ratings. Under a decent claimer and in a race with more questions than answers, he's the one we just sided with. Tilos Gem is 6lbs below his latest winning mark and despite the fact that came over a mile he does appear to stay this far. In 13 career starts he's been placed more often than not and that consistency should be rewarded with another place on the podium here. Eseej has only once been placed on the turf compared to 10 times on the all-weather and yet his marks are almost identical, so with that hard to justify he's taken on along with Woody Waller who was pulled up over hurdles when last seen and may be using this as a precursor to a summer jumping campaign. King Fingal has won here off a higher mark but he'd be of more interest over shorter trips, Sgt Schultz is exposed and winless in 25 starts on turf whilst Maybe I Wont may just fail for stamina at this track. Night Cruise needs a market check on his first run for three years, especially as Ian Williams can land a tilt and had a winner at Aintree last week, but our preference remains for Mehendi.