Pontefract

  • 14:40 toteplacepot Racing's Favourite Bet Maiden Auction Stakes1m 4f 8y

  • Winner £4,528 2nd £1,348 3rd £673 4th £337
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places (Watered)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 38.42s
  • Off time: 14:40:20
14:40 Pontefract Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Westerly 16/1
2nd Smiling Stranger (IRE) 4/11

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 32 Dark blue, red seams, dark blue sleeves, red spots, red cap Smiling Stranger (IRE) 36
Nag me
3 9-1 A M Balding Oisin Murphy (3) 4/111.36
2 (1) 525-834 WHITE, LIGHT BLUE spots, WHITE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, WHITE spots Stout Cortez 11
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 8-12 M Johnston S De Sousa 65 8/19.00
3 (5) 25-5633 Red, Dark Green hoop Mambo Rhythm 27
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 8-8 M Johnston F Norton 65 10/111.00
4 (3) 03 Yellow, Black hoop, Black Sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap, black star Strawberry Martini 27
Nag me
3 8-8 W R Muir Andrea Atzeni 11/112.00
5 (2) 7-4 Black, emerald green stripe, black sleeves, emerald green stars, black cap, emerald green star Petite Madame (IRE) 63
Nag me
3 8-7 D Thompson J Quinn 50/151.00
6 (6) 997-440 Dark Green, White braces and sleeves, striped cap Barbara Elizabeth 11
Nag me
3 8-6 T Coyle Barry McHugh 55 50/151.00
7 (4) 6 Yellow, Black diamond on cap Westerly 26
Nag me
3 8-6 W J Haggas Liam Jones 16/117.00

Verdict

SMILING STRANGER has much the best form of these. He was just outpointed by the well-regarded Connecticut at Newbury last month and the latter has subsequently won a handicap - Andrew Balding's colt gets the nod. There's not much to choose between the remainder with Stout Cortez and Mambo Rhythm sharing the same handicap mark and looking vulnerable to one of the less exposed types such as Westerly or Strawberry Martini.