A relief to finish Royal Ascot in style with four last-day winners, but a big change in pace today as we seek to keep up the momentum at not-quite-so-Royal Pontefract…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Tricky Dicky, (1740 Pontefract), 1pt win, 9/2:
A clash of two recent course winners. Captain Dion is favourite having romped in here and then again at Chelmsford. He is now though 14lbs higher than when winning here. Tricky Dicky is only 4lbs higher than for his win here, and although touched off at Catterick since, it’s worth noting that he ran over matching course and distance on the same day as Captain Dion’s visual romp but was actually the quicker horse by over a half second, which is a couple of lengths at least. Quicker and 10lbs better off, but twice the price…yes please.
Bayshore Freeway, (1600 Pontefract), 15/8: the handicapper has Mark Johnston’s stayer 7lbs ahead of main rival Hameem. The market rightly has it much closer with John Gosden’s filly on the improve at this trip. But Bayshore will almost certainly be ridden to bring her proven stamina into play by Franny Norton and this can be a hard track to pass a well-paced leader.
Suegioo, (1635 Pontefract), 5/2: thought our days of picking this mercurial veteran were long gone, but the 10yo has switched to Ian Williams’ stable and that has hit the refresh button and he has run well so far this year. Been around the block a lot but only been around here twice with form of 21, the win coming in this race off a two pounds higher mark last year. That form gives him the edge on Becky The Thatcher and jockey Ryan Moore can only be an added plus.
Stewardess, (1810 Pontefract), 9/1: with lightly raced Arogo probably needing more time and a bunch of over-raced old timers, the solid trio of Black Salt, Valley Of Fire and Stewardess should fight this out. Stewardess has run well in two 5f races this season but both wins last Summer came over 6f on good ground. Gets that here and she can improve at a decent price.
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