Yesterday finished in profit when Extrasolar won and Zebulon was a close second in their relative races at Catterick.
3.10 – Brighton – Pendo. 1.5 pts win. Available at 8/1.
All of this field either come here on the back of good efforts and/or have been in good form this season. Pendo returned to form when he was a close third at Kempton last time out and runs from one pound lower this afternoon. He was second to Lord Clenaghcastle in this race last season but his conqueror was getting a seven pound weight-for-age allowance and has to give six pounds to Pendo here. That should give the selection a chance of reversing the form and he runs this track well, having finished second on all three previous visits. Although he is drawn widest it’s not a massive disadvantage on this track on fast ground and he has the assistance of a jockey who has impressed this season. The yard send just the one to a course where they have had two winners and a second from ten entries in recent seasons.
3.20 – Pontefract – Aliento. 1 pt e/w. Available at 12/1.
Plenty of these are in good form so it promises to be a competitive affair. Shouranour, Beverley Bullet, Zeshov and the veteran, Kiwi Bay, are all respected but a chance is given to the lightly raced Aliento. She is still a maiden after seven starts and was slightly disappointing over a mile at Thirsk last time out. However that race came just seven days after a previous close second over this C/D and she may still have been feeling the effects of that outing. She was a steady improver as a Juvenile at a low level in three Novice races last season and had shown the same trait in her three handicaps in this campaign prior to her last start. Given a three week break she could resume her progression from a mark which looks well within her capabilities. Three of her siblings achieved more, two of them significantly so.
4.10 – Brighton – Papa Delta. 1.25 pts e/w. Available at 10/1.
5.25 – Pontefract – Round The Island. 2 pts win. Available at 6/1.
8.40 – Kempton – Lord Topper. 1 pt e/w. Available at 14/1. (Betfair, Paddy Power, Skybet)