Pontefract

  • 16:15 New Betting Hall Handicap1m 2f 6y

  • Winner £12,450 2nd £3,728 3rd £1,864 4th £932
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 19.33s
  • Off time: 16:15:36
16:15 Pontefract Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Clayton 9/2
2nd Stepping Ahead (FR) 5/1
3rd Sennockian Star 9/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 24970-7 Pink, grey seams and armlets Sennockian Star 45
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-7 v M Johnston J Fanning 97 9/110.00
2 (4) 260134- Gold and Black check, Pink sleeves and cap Clayton 201
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-6 K A Ryan P Mulrennan 96 9/25.50
3 (3) 481-638 Pink, Dark Blue diamond, sleeves and cap Stepping Ahead (FR) 25
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
4 9-4 K R Burke D Tudhope 94 5/16.00
4 (7) 36353-3 White and red (quartered), white sleeves, dark green armlets, black cap Centurius 24
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 9-3 p1 M Botti L Morris 93 7/24.50
6 (6) 04345-4 Royal Blue, White hollow box, striped sleeves, check cap Romantic Settings 9
Nag me
4 9-2 R A Fahey R L Moore 92 5/16.00
8 (1) 1550- Black, Emerald Green seams, Black sleeves, Emerald Green cap Safe Home (IRE) 26
Nag me
4 8-13 J J Quinn I J Brennan (3) 89 20/121.00
9 (11) 0/48904- PINK and PURPLE diamonds, PINK sleeves and cap Easy Terms 196
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 8-13 E W Tuer P Makin 89 11/112.00
10 (2) 65217-8 White, Emerald Green sleeves, White stars, Emerald Green cap Gunner Lindley (IRE) 24
Nag me
7 8-11 W Coltherd Jason Hart (3) 87 33/134.00
11 (10) 233428- Purple, Royal Blue star, hooped sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Purple star Las Verglas Star (IRE) 158
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 8-8 R A Fahey P Hanagan 84 8/19.00
12 (12) 2/23923- White, black sleeves, white armlets, red cap Zip Wire (IRE) 51
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 8-3 D McCain Jnr D Fentiman 79 16/117.00
Non runners
5 (9)51/3219-Amralah (IRE)49-2M R ChannonW Buick92
7 (8)1/123-Ajman Bridge49-2L M CumaniNon Runner92

Verdict

Ajman Bridge won his first two starts before becoming exposed in handicaps. He was behind Stepping Ahead when that one scored at Doncaster in October but has more scope than the winner and should turn the tables. ROMANTIC SETTINGS began the last campaign with a victory then was raised a massive 10lb after finishing third in the Musidora. She never recovered from that hike in the weights but did compete at a much higher level and is taken to bounce back under Ryan Moore. Clayton landed a tough Newmarket handicap last summer before taking on even better company. He hasn't had much racing for his age and there should be more to come. Centurius made a winning debut last April but was unable to repeat the process at Wolverhampton last month and is probably still a few pounds high.