The ground at Pontefract for their meeting on Monday is currently soft (good to soft in places) but with scattered showers around it is likely to be on the softer side. This is in contrast to the quicker conditions available at Windsor on the same day. It is therefore unlikely to be a good day for the faster ground horses. Here are three horses running at Pontefract with proven records on soft ground that should cope with the conditions better than most.
Ey Up It’s Maggie has two wins and a third to her name in just five runs on soft ground. She ran solidly at Doncaster on her reappearance. That effort should have sharpened her up for this and the return to 5f is also a plus. Her final run of the season last term was probably a career best when winning at Leicester. It’s a promising sign that there could be more to come as a four-year-old and if there is, this 2lb higher mark should be a winnable one.
Le Reveur put in a really solid performance on his return to the turf at Windsor last time out. If he can put in a similar level of performance here that could be enough to get his head in front. He’s relatively lightly raced on grass with just nine starts to his name. Two wins and two places out of nine is a fairly useful record especially when you consider the fact that he has finished first and second in three starts on soft ground.
Secret Eagle has a substantial break of 208 days to overcome which is likely to impacted his price. This is his first start since having wind surgery a little over a month ago which if having the desired effect is a big positive. His current rating of 65 looks workable with some good efforts off higher marks in the past. This is just his second start for Ruth Jefferson but more importantly, his second start on soft ground on which he has an unblemished record. As a two-year-old he beat subsequent four-time winner Miss Nay Never in a Catterick novice back in 2020.
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