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14:10 Pontefract

Motorpoint Castleford Handicap (Gentleman Amateur Riders) (Class 5)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 2f 6y
  • Going: Good to Firm (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
  • Winner: £3,120
  • 2nd: £968
  • 3rd: £484
  • 4th: £242
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 15.09s
  • Off Time: 14:10:11
  • 7 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
1(7)
Silk - Yellow, Orange star
7/1
  • Form 9-76624
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 75

held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out

2(5)
Silk - Yellow, Maroon braces and sleeves, Maroon and Yellow hooped cap
11/2
  • Form 175675
  • Age 4
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 69

held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong

3(2)
Silk - Black, white cross of lorraine, white and black chevrons on sleeves, black and white quartered cap

Silver Alliance

27 b DCD
11/4
  • Form 60-7531
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 68

held up towards rear, headway 3f out, led over 1f out, kept on well

4(1)
Silk - Light blue, white and light blue hooped sleeves
4/1
  • Form 534653
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-7
  • Official Rating 61

with leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace

5(3)
Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue star, striped sleeves and star on cap
  • Form 34444
  • Age 3
  • Weight 10-6
  • Official Rating 69

led, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong

6(4)
Silk - White, Red diamond, chevrons on sleeves, White cap, Red diamond
  • Form 67U183
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-5
  • Official Rating 59

with leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

7(6)
Silk - Dark blue, red epaulets, dark blue sleeves, red stars, red cap

Qibtee (FR)

19 DCD
12/1
  • Form 346653
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-2
  • Official Rating 56

in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, always well held

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

SILVER ALLIANCE and Ross Birkett teamed up to win this in 2014 and arrive off the back of a recent victory at Newbury. That pairing should go close again while Lean On Pete was placed in one of these events at Beverley last week and Merchant Of Medici has also won for an amateur before. Both of Qibtee’s wins last year came in amateurs’ races, including a course and distance success, and he can figure but both Farham and Muqarred have something to prove over today’s longer trip.

Formwatch

Muqarred (USA) 13-2 (9-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, kept on and headed towards finish, no extra, 4th of 7, 3/4l behind Lord Kelvin (9-2) at Beverley 1m hcp (5) gd in Jun.

Farham (USA) 14-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Monsieur Glory (8-11) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jul.

Silver Alliance 10-3 (10-9) Held up, in 6th, switched right and headway 2f out, challenged entering final furlong, stayed on, led towards finish, won at Newbury 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jul beating Thecornishbarron (11-0) by nk, 7 ran.

Merchant Of Medici 9-4fav (9-12) Disputed 2nd behind clear leader, close up 3f out, lost place over 1f out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression with front pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 3/4l behind Whitchurch (9-0) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp (6) gf in Jul.

Proven Point (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Steadied after start, took keen hold and held up in rear, went poor 4th over 2f out, 4th of 7, 31 1/4l behind Icefall (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (4) gf in Jul.

Lean On Pete (IRE) 9-1 (10-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind I'm Super Too (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Jul.

Qibtee (FR) 9-1 (9-1) Held up, towards rear and in touch, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/4l behind Falcon's Fire (8-1) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp (5) sft in Jul.