Our racing expert is eyeing a treble at Pontefract this afternoon.
There are three favourites at Pontefract this afternoon that ought to oblige for backers.
Sir Mark Prescott has few peers when it comes to placing his horses and he looks to have found another winning opportunity for his FINAL ROCK (2:20), who is chasing a four-timer after wins at Chepstow, Bath and Yarmouth just eight days. Whilst his winning margin was just three quarters of a length at the Norfolk track, he gave the impression that he had plenty more left in the tank and I doubt a 6lb penalty will stop him going in again under his amateur partner Simon Walker, who has a decent 22% strike rate (41-189) in the saddle. Should he win again this afternoon, it would be no surprise to see the bang-in-form three-year-old take up one of his five entries later in the week as he’ll escape a further penalty.
Richard Fahey’s VENTURA OCEAN (2:50) ran too bad to be true when turned over at odds-on at Newcastle when last seen out and given he was floundering from an early stage, it’s fairly safe to assume he failed to act on the Tapeta surface. Given a nice break since, he’s got to be worth another chance now back on fast turf as it was under these conditions that he ran so well on his York debut, going down by just a head to a decent sort of Mark Johnston’s. The way he was finishing that 5f contest suggests he’ll have no problem with today’s extra furlong – indeed he might relish it – and if he is to take up his entry in the Group 2 Gimcrack later this month he really ought to be up to winning this fairly ordinary novice.
The 5f handicap on the card is named in honour of prolific sprinter Chaplins Club, who twice won nine handicaps in a season. None of the seven runners are likely to emulate him but Mick Appleby’s CLASSIC PURSUIT (4:20) has now won nine of his career starts, including the last twice, and even a double penalty might not stop him bringing up the hat-trick in his current mood. Carrying a 6lb penalty for his success over this track and trip two starts back, he made every yard at Nottingham seven days ago, stretching right away when asked to and win his race by Theodore Ladd, who is one of the apprentice finds of the season. He’s certainly huge value for his 7lb claim – he needs just three more wins before it’s reduced to 5lb – and that can prove decisive here.
Given all three of today’s selections are short prices, it might pay to be bold and combine them in a treble, with such a bet paying £177.19 to a tenner at current bet365 odds.
All odds were correct at time of posting.