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15:40 Pontefract

Malbern Direct Handicap (Class 5)

  • 11 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 1f 22y
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £6,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 58.09s
  • Off Time: 15:40:28
  • 11 Ran
1(11)
Silk - Yellow, large Dark Green spots, Dark Green cap
66/1
  • Form 14/8-000
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 70

chased leader, led over 4f out, ridden, headed over 2f out, soon weakened

2(2)
Silk - YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE hoops, YELLOW sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets and cap
6/1
  • Form 234212
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-13
  • Official Rating 69

chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, one pace final 2f

3(7)
Silk - YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE hoops, YELLOW sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets and cap
4/1
  • Form 2/8-9134
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 64

held up, ridden over 4f out, headway over 2f out, faded final furlong

4(1)
Silk - White, Royal Blue triple diamond, halved sleeves and diamonds on cap
  • Form 05/3804
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-8
  • Official Rating 64

behind, chased leaders 10f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner

5(3)
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow striped sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Yellow star
3/1
  • Form 4329
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-4
  • Official Rating 60

held up, ridden over 4f out, never on terms

6(6)
Silk - Light Blue, Green sleeves, White cap
  • Form 742832
  • Age 8
  • Weight 9-4
  • Official Rating 60

towards rear, headway 6f out, led over 1f out, kept on well

7(5)
Silk - Royal Blue, White sleeves and cap
100/1
  • Form 40007-9
  • Age 7
  • Weight 8-13
  • Official Rating 55

led for 2f, ridden, lost place 7f out, tailed off

8(4)
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow star, hooped sleeves

Vice Admiral

21 BF
9/1
  • Form 220119
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-11
  • Official Rating 64

led after 2f, headed over 4f out, weakened over 1f out

9(8)
Silk - White, large Black spots, hooped sleeves, Black cap

Fair Spin

34 p
9/1
  • Form 07-4871
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-10
  • Official Rating 50

held up mid-division, weakened over 3f out

10(10)
Silk - Light Blue, Red star, Red cap
11/1
  • Form 954530/
  • Age 8
  • Weight 8-10
  • Official Rating 45

chased leaders, outpaced over 4f out, stayed on final 2f

11(9)
Silk - Royal Blue, White star, striped sleeves and star on cap
200/1
  • Form 00/708-5
  • Age 7
  • Weight 8-10
  • Official Rating 30

in rear, in touch 6f out, quickly weakened 4f out, tailed off

In depth

Verdict

The superbely bred Hills Of Aran could pop up one these days at a big price, but a safer option here could be Fair Spin, with Mister Arjay and Thewhirlingdervish others worthy of a mention.Micky Hammond's gelding, a son of Pivotal, showed improved form on rain softened ground at Catterick, showing a real battling attitude to beat Wrenlane in a tight finish. If the ground doesn't start to dry up he can make it back to back victories. Mister Arjay has already been successful this season over course and distance, slaughtering his rivals on good ground. If the rain stays away he should be a big player. The Whirlingdervish hasn't won for some time but has also shown a liking for the West Yorkshire track and has dropped down to a decent mark. Vice Admiral could prove best of the others, but you had to admire Fair Spin's determination last time and he can follow up this afternoon.

Formwatch

Hills Of Aran 66-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden and lost place halfway, 12th of 14, 37l behind Halla San (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.

Mister Arjay (USA) 5-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Incursion (9-7) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sept.

Great As Gold (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 16, 8l behind Kayf Aramis (8-0) at York 2m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.

Laggan Bay (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Maystock (9-6) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sept.

Accordello (IRE) 5-4fav (8-7) Mid-division, headway 5f out, in touch when lost action and virtually pulled up final 2f, last of 9, well behind Mister Arjay (8-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.

Thewhirlingdervish (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on but no impression, 2nd of 9, 6l behind To Tiger (8-8) at Ayr 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sept.

Jidiya (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 28l behind Scotty's Future (9-12) at Beverley 1m 2f ldy rds hcp (5) gs in May.

Vice Admiral 4-1fav (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 12l behind Esprit de Corps (9-1) at Redcar 1m 6f hcap (5) gf in Sept.

Fair Spin 14-1 (8-12) Held up behind leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven and kept on gamely final furlong, won at Ripon 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug beating Wrenlane (9-3) by a shd, 11 ran.

Hirvine (FR) 12-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 9l behind Tass Heel (9-7) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (F) gf in Oct '03.

Tioga Gold (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division, effort when weakening over 2f out, 5th of 7, 16l behind Mossmann Gorge (8-11) at Southwell 1m 4f sll (6) fbs in Feb.