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 Friday.
Just the six runners go to post for this competitive handicap but Chelsea Annie holds all the aces coming out of gate one. She was third over course and distance on debut but has only raced at Ayr since and notched up her maiden win there in July. She was badly hampered there when last seen so that run is easily excused. Everything looks cherry ripe for her to get back in front.
Another well drawn to attack over the 6f here is Merry Secret, who also has top weight to overcome. The Elzaam gelding had his first run for the Mullaney stable since leaving Michael Appleby when fourth at Catterick last month. Cheekpieces are applied once more and he will save lengths here by the rail so has obvious claims.
King Of Stars has been dropped a pound in the weights by the handicapper off the back of a good run at Ascot last time. He finished fifth for a finish but did it the hard way from the front and was beat just over a length for a finish. Drawn in stall one and being a front runner around here is a recipe for success so he ought to go very close.
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