Race-By-Race Tips: Pontefract, Thursday 19th September

We run through this afternoon's card at Pontefract, and pick out a bet in each race.
We run through this afternoon's card at Pontefract, and pick out a bet in each race.

After recommending three winning selections at Kelso yesterday afternoon, Nick Seddon runs through this afternoon's meeting at Pontefract, and picks out a bet in each race...

Pontefract 14:10 - Seas Of Elzaam 

We kick off this afternoon's card at Pontefract with a tricky-looking 10-runner maiden contest, in which Seas Of Elzaam makes plenty of appeal. Purchased for 22,000 guineas as a two-year-old, he showed plenty to work on when third on debut over a furlong shorter at Catterick nine days ago, hitting a short price on the Betfair exchange in-running to make a winning start, before looking a bit green late on. The drop back to the minimum trip should help to sharpen him up, and he's fancied to build on that by getting off the mark at the second time of asking for his in-form yard. The more-experienced Mecca's Hot Steps sets a solid standard on what she's shown in her five starts to date, and is the biggest danger. 

Pontefract 14:10
Seas Of Elzaam silk

Seas Of Elzaam


Pontefract 14:40 - Hammer Gun

Hammer Gun only just failed to get his nose in-front under Noel Fehily in last week's Leger Legends race at Doncaster, and he can gain a reward for his good recent run of form by returning to winning ways off advantageous terms this afternoon. Amor Fati is another who's been holding his form well at the moment, and can chase the selection home.  

Pontefract 14:40
Hammer Gun silk

Hammer Gun


Pontefract 15:10 - Anna Bunina

It looks worth siding with Anna Bunina, who is absolutely thriving at the moment, having won her last two starts. The most recent of those wins came at Ripon last month, when she showed a good attitude to double up, and she looks primed for the hat-trick under a 2 lb rise. Glasses Up and Railport Dolly can chase the selection home.  

Pontefract 15:10
Anna Bunina silk

Anna Bunina


Pontefract 15:40 - Gale Force Maya

A good-quality fillies' handicap, in which it looks worth siding with the thriving Gale Force Maya. She completed a course and distance hat-trick in really good style at Carlisle last month, and although another 5 lb rise in the weights means that she takes her chance here off a mark that's 14 lb higher than for her first victory, she's been progressing really well, and it would be no surprise should she prove capable of winning once again. Kindly ought to take advantage of her current mark sooner rather than later for the Mick Easterby team and is respected, while Betsey Trotter and Lady Of Aran are two more to consider in an open affair.   

Pontefract 15:40
Gale Force Maya silk

Gale Force Maya


Pontefract 16:10 - Forewarning

Forewarning failed to complete a double at York last time out, but that was still an excellent performance, just being edged out in second, and he can return to winning ways off the same mark as last time now returned to the scene of his course and distance success last month. Stormin Norman chased the selection home that day, and can do so again this afternoon.  

Pontefract 16:10
Forewarning silk



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Pontefract 16:40 - Pianissimo

A maiden which won't take too much winning, and as such it's difficult to look past the Royal runner, Pianissimo. He's shown plenty of ability in three starts so far, placing on each occasion, and sets the standard on form here. With the step up to a mile and a half unlikely to hold any fears, he's fancied to build on what he's shown so far and get off the mark at the fourth time of asking. Ballylemon rates as a creditable danger with a talented claimer taking a useful 3 lb off. 

Pontefract 16:40
Pianissimo silk



Pontefract 17:10 - Atletico

A wide-open finale, in which it could be worth taking a chance on Atletico. Admittedly, he's become something of a cliff horse since his last success back in November 2017, failing to justify favouritism on several occasions, but he's slumped down the weights in that time, and arrives here 22 lb lower than his last winning mark. The fact he's been edged out into second the last twice means he could well prove frustrating once again in the closing stages here, but he at least arrives here in good heart, and has the benefit of one of the more talented riders in the line-up for this apprentice race. A hold-up performer, the strong pace here should play to his strengths, and he is a confident pick to finally end his barren run. 

Pontefract 17:10
Atletico silk



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