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17:15 Pontefract

Pontefract Apprentice Handicap (Class 5)

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 2f
  • Going: Firm, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 12.82s
  • Off Time: 17:36:22
  • 10 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
3rd
Silk -
1(8)
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow disc and armlets, White cap
4/1
  • Form 1158-62
  • Age 9
  • Weight 9-5
  • Official Rating 70

prominent, ridden to challenge, every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong

2(10)
Silk - Dark Green, White seams, White sleeves, Dark Green armlets, White cap
12/1
  • Form 168/357-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-5
  • Official Rating 70

held up in rear, headway over 1f out, no extra final furlong

3(1)
Silk - Red, Beige seams, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap

Rosko

7
11/2
  • Form 7336
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-1
  • Official Rating 66

took keen hold to track winner, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, one pace final furlong

4(5)
Silk - Purple, Red hoops, Red cap

Cripsey Brook

188 CD
14/1
  • Form 635/590-
  • Age 11
  • Weight 8-11
  • Official Rating 62

mid-division, effort over 3f out when carried wide, never near to challenge

5(9)
Silk - PURPLE, GREY star
12/1
  • Form 22542-0
  • Age 9
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 60

towards rear, reminders over 4f, never a factor

6(6)
Silk - Royal Blue, White hoop, Royal Blue sleeves, Red armlets and cap

Neon Blue

185 D
8/1
  • Form 588401-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 60

held up, headway 2f out, stayed on final furlong

7(4)
Silk - Beige, Dark Blue armlets, Dark Blue cap
4/1
  • Form 69-1123
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-8
  • Official Rating 59

made all, ridden over 2f out, kept on gamely final furlong

8(2)
Silk - White, Red inverted triangle, White sleeves, Red spots, quartered cap
16/1
  • Form 77-4875
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-5
  • Official Rating 55

held up, headway on inner over 2f out, driven and one pace final furlong

9(3)
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, RED star, BLACK cap
  • Form 4/37-625
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-5
  • Official Rating 54

prominent, effort when hung right over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

10(7)
Silk - BLACK and WHITE (halved), BLACK sleeves, WHITE armlets, BLACK cap
6/1
  • Form 969689-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-5
  • Official Rating 48

took keen hold behind leaders, driven over 1f out, kept on final furlong

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

NEON BLUE has the form to land the finale with both Safebreaker and Lucayan Dancer worth noting. The selection is four pounds higher since winning at Redcar at the back end of last season. He had dropped to what looked like a handy mark and we feel he can take full advantage of that yet again. Safebreaker won back to back races at Great Leighs and Southwell on the all weather during the winter and was not disgraced on his last two runs either. That said he possibly acts better on that surface and now back on the turf others are preferred. Lucayan Dancer caught the eye when second at Mussleburgh last time out and if repeating that form he will not be far away, however for the winner we return to Neon Blue.

Formwatch

Lucayan Dancer 5-2 (9-10) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched left, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Masterofceremonies (9-10) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell stks (6) gf.

Grand Art (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Top Jaro (8-0) at Musselburgh 1m 1f clm stks (4) gd in Sep.

Rosko 16-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Warpedsenseofhumor (8-11) at Redcar 1m 1f mdn stks (5) fm.

Cripsey Brook 25-1 (11-0) Slowly into stride, soon well behind, 14th of 16, well behind Prince Rhyddarch (10-3) at Newcastle 1m 4f am hcp (6) hvy in Oct.

Gala Sunday (USA) 33-1 (8-10) Always in rear, 11th of 14, 25l behind All In The Red (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.

Neon Blue 10-1 (10-4) Slowly into stride, in rear, switched right and headway over 3f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Redcar 1m 2f ldy hcp (6) gd in Oct beating Thornaby Green (10-3) by nk, 15 ran.

Safebreaker 11-4 (9-3) Always prominent, ridden 2f out, one pace entering final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Provost (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.

Maybe I Wont 33-1 (9-1) Switched left soon after start, held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 6l behind Ergo (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.

Spares And Repairs 9-2 (10-0) Close up, tracked leader over 5f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 23l behind Fin Vin De Leu (8-6) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.

Farne Island 33-1 (9-1) In rear, stayed on from over 1f out, 9th of 18, 7l behind Silly Gilly (9-0) at Redcar 1m hcap (6) gf in Jul.