Friday Races: Smart Move…

After the drought – the flood.  A quiet week’s racing ends in a glut of quantity over quality with 7 race meetings.

Well we have been dogged by non-runners all week, including yesterday where we had hoped to back a downgraded veteran sprinter in a handicap who had once finished runner-up in Europe’s premier 5f sprint, Longchamp’s Group 1 Prix de L’Abbaye.

Well worry not, by bizarre coincidence, we get the chance today to go one better and back a downgraded veteran sprinter in a handicap who once won the Prix de L’Abbaye.

Pontefract (1935 BST) will seem a long way from the 2014 Longchamp Arc meeting, but it could be a chance for Move In Time to regain the winning thread.

He was good enough to finish 5th defending his Abbaye title in 2015, and remained racing at the highest level until stepping back into handicaps at the end of last year off a lofty rating of 105.

He has struggled, but the handicapper has started to relent, and he was able to run at York last time off a mark of 94.  He had a terrible run through that day, stopped in his run on several occasions before staying on well into 5th.

Back off 94 here, he could have been expected to be a warm favourite.  The outside draw of 13 on this turning sprint track is probably a reason he is such a good price.  However, he may be able to settle in off a strong pace, and coming wide off the last bend is often a fruitful Ponty tactic – even more so if some of the forecast rain sets in.

At 9 years old he is like an ageing boxer who could just be a shot fighter, but there was enough swagger at York last time to think he has a few last hurrahs in him, starting tonight.

Recommendation:  Move In Time (1935 Pontefract), 1pt win, 13/2 generally available

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