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16:50 Pontefract

Graham Rock Memorial Handicap (Class D)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 2f 6y
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 11.70s
  • 5 Ran
1(5)
Silk - Yellow, Beige sleeves, White cap

Arcalis

13
10/11
  • Form 1-04511
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-7

prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

2(3)
Silk - Maroon and White diabolo, White sleeves, Maroon armlets, White cap
  • Form 005-25
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-6

raced keen, tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, ran on well to go clear inside final furlong

3(2)
Silk - Royal Blue, White striped sleeves, White cap
  • Form 032-
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-5

tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened final 2 furlong

4(4)
Silk - Beige, Red inverted triangle, hooped cap
  • Form 55-0
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-3

in rear, ridden and headway on outer over 2f, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression

5(1)
Silk - Yellow, Dark Blue chevron, Yellow and Dark Blue diabolo on sleeves, Yellow cap
20/1
  • Form 042205
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-2

led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

In depth

Verdict

Sir Mark Prescott will be keen to land this race and we will side with Coat of Honour to get the better on the in-form Arcalis. Prescott and Graham Rock were of course involved with a number of great handicappers such as Pasternak and while there is nothing of that ilk here; we recommend that Coat of Honour will appreciate the step up in trip to ten furlongs today. Not disgraced over a mile last time out; the dam was an out-and-out stayer and if anything, there should be scope for plenty more improvement in the future. Arcalis did nothing wrong when landing a handicap here last month over today's trip. He does though seem to show his better form in bigger fields and there will be less cover available today. Falcon On The Hill proved an expensive flop at Redcar last term and shouldn't be underestimated on a seasonal reappearance. Midnight Song and Dubai Dreams have work to do if recent racecourse evidence is to be believed. We though will recommend Coat Of Honour as our selection in a tricky race.