This looks a very poor race and of the 9 runners there's not a known pace setter type, there are three 3year olds in the race and Nip Down The Jug looks as though it could be a hidden danger, I've only got NEW RICH 8/1 with a recorded time and the race might look bleak but the trainer has a 7-22 win ratio here and the jockey a 4-19 for this stable, so the positives makes me think they are expecting a big run from their horse in this race and the price makes me think I have to have a wager at these odds.
New Rich 8/1 5th
With 16 runners and just 2 known front runners and 1 of them Meandmyshadow is my 4th top rated but stall 6 might not be ideal, Racquet is my 3rd top rated who can be held up or track the leaders, my 2nd top rated is ROUND THE ISLAND 6/1 the trainer is 4-34 and the jockey a very good 2-3 so it looks likely to be a trier in this race and if I take off the 5lbs the apprentice jockey claims it moves to top spot moving Fleckerl back to 2nd top and this one's trainer is 0-4 and the jockey 0-2 so it doesn't look a positive booking, so I'm going with the selection and the price is bigger than I thought so it looks good value.
Round The Island 6/1 1st
9:10 PONTEFRACT -
This race looks very competitive and with 16 runners my stakes will be kept low, I've got 4 marked down as possible pace setters, Oriental Splendour starts off as my 3rd top rated but is overtaken by Coiste Bodhar if I take off the 5lb the apprentice claims, up in 2nd place is Pearl Acclaim who wants good to firm ground to show its best and if the going is that fast I will back it along with my top rated JACK LUEY 8/1 but if the going is only good then I will have just the one bet and I will probably wait until I've seen an earlier race to determine the going but the going is forecast as good and good to firm in places and if the forecast is right I will be having just the one bet in the race.
Jack Luey NR