From a betting point of view at Pontefract, there are a couple of things that you need to watch out for when looking for an angle. The first thing is the draw, which can be so vital around this venue. Being drawn on the inside is generally a major positive especially over sprint trips. Another thing is the pace angle – it is a course that typically suits a front-runner. Below are three horses drawn low that should have huge chances on Wednesday.
It will be a major surprise if Ben Curtis doesn’t take full advantage of his good draw aboard Dr Youmzain in stall five here. Mark Johnston runners typically like to bowl along in front and this son of Dark Angel could take some pegging back if he is allowed some rope at the front end. He stepped up on his debut effort to finish third at Lingfield last month and he can put his experience to good use.
Six Strings is proving a very costly horse to follow at present, now racking up four runner-up finishes in a row but everything looks set for him to go one better in this handicap. Grant Tuer’s gelding has had a successful campaign and a busy one at that too, winning three times this year, and he has the perfect draw in stall two here to take a couple of lengths out of the field early. He might sit in second or third and can pounce once they turn for home.
The finale is a 6f sprint and the sprint king himself Paul Midgley has a serious contender with Mr Orange down at the foot of the weights. He ran a shocker at Catterick two weeks ago but has a dream draw in stall three here so a bounce back to form is not out of the question. He has tumbled down the weights to a mark of 62 and considering he won over course and distance off marks of 78 and 75 in the past, he looks feasibly treated now.
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