Monday 22nd October 2018
Pontefract – (3.30) (Class 1) (Listed) (1m)
Not much doing this Monday as usually the case however there is a decent card over at Pontefract and a very interesting small field Listed event that intrigued me enough to want to write about it, and this come at 3.30 and is an event that’s contested over the distance of a mile. The race currently see’s the Mark Johnston trained I’ll Have Another (6/5) head affairs and she’s a horse that’s developed into a very consistent sort this season never being out of the top three and actually won in Listed company in Germany earlier on in the campaign. She was last seen when going close again in a Listed event this time on home soil at Newmarket and she absolutely deserves her place at the top of the market here. The form horse who if turns up on song as she has done in every race so far this year she will be very tough to beat. PJ McDonald takes the ride.
The most interesting contender of the race come in the form of the Ralph Beckett trained Manuela De Vega (5/2) who cost 100,000 euros and got off to the perfect start to her racing career when winning a Salisbury maiden last time. She got up pretty close home that day but is a horse that’s clearly thought of lot of back home as the trainer is on record talking about potential Oaks Trials for her. She’ll need to take a sizeable step up to feature here against today’s opposition but she’s certainly a horse that comes under the “could be anything” category. Harry Bentley takes the ride. Roger Varian’s Three Comets (5/2) takes his place as pretty much joint second favourite and he’s a horse that cost a large sum himself. He built on promise shown on his debut effort when winning at Hamilton on his penultimate start before finding the smart Persian Moon too hot to handle the last day at Epsom when finishing second. He looks a decent sort to attempt middle distance contests with next year and is a certainly a player in this particular affair with Andrea Atzeni on board.
Divine Gift (16/1) got off the mark the last day for Charlie Fellowes at Windsor at the fourth time of asking and the soft going that’s forecast here will seemingly be no problem whatsoever for him as his performance the last day showed. Stevie Donohoe takes the ride. The field is concluded by Taylormade (25/1) for Mohamed Moubarak who was last seen when winning nicely in a Class 6 Auction Race at Yarmouth. Kevin Stott takes the ride.
🥇1st: I’ll Have Another
🥈2nd: Divine Gift
DIVINE GIFT (16/1) (E/W)
(Obviously the race looks between the top three in the betting and I think the fav in particular is going to be tough to get the better of, however none of them are proven on anything worse than Good To Soft and if it does get a little on the testing side resulting in any of the principals under performing I think Divine Gift could well mop up the pieces. A horse that will relish the conditions the softer it gets.)