• 19:50 Tony Lewis & Our Best Pal Handicap1m 4y

  • Winner £5,175 2nd £1,540 3rd £770 4th £385
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 43.43s
  • Off time: 19:50:43
19:50 Pontefract Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Stepping Ahead (FR) 5/1
2nd Mystical Man 40/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 21-13 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Melvin The Grate (IRE) 41
Beaten Favourite
3 9-7 A M Balding R Hughes 82 11/26.50
2 (1) 821-1 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Mission Approved 19
3 9-7 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 82 8/111.73
3 (3) 5614-6 White, Red sash, Red and White striped cap Mystical Man 60
Course Winner
3 9-5 J Tate N Callan 80 40/141.00
4 (5) 3951-52 ORANGE, EMERALD GREEN stars Greeleys Love (USA) 8
Beaten Favourite
3 9-3 b1 M Johnston J Fanning 78 5/16.00
5 (2) 2-1 Pink, Dark Blue diamond, sleeves and cap Stepping Ahead (FR) 41
Distance Winner
3 9-2 Mrs K Burke Martin Harley 77 5/16.00


MISSION APPROVED is bred for middle-distances so he's done well to win twice over 7f. He's stepping up in class and trip here but looks the type to go on to better things and earns the verdict. Greeleys Love attempted to make all over 1m2f at Windsor but couldn't quite hold He's A Striker. This should be his trip and he's likely to make a bold bid in first-time blinkers. Stepping Ahead followed a promising debut on Polytrack in November with a very convincing maiden victory at Nottingham. The runner-up is now rated 77, the same as Elaine Burke's charge, who looks well enough weighted to give a good account. Mystical Man won over 6f here in July but finished tailed off on his reappearance.