Pontefract,Red Shirt Night,Friday 19th July,2013

This meeting is a standing dish on the northern racing scene which has been organised by former trainer Jack Berry for many years and is also part of the fund raising to help build a house in Malton that helps injured jockeys and former ones with rehabilitation similar to Oaksey House in Lambourn.

Tonight was a competitive if somewhat tricky six race card at the course whose motto is “Real racing for real people”

First race was a 6f Maiden Auction Stakes for 2yo over 6f and the red hot favourite Treaty of Paris did what was needed to follow up from an unlucky Salisbury second,he has an entry in the Gimcrack next month and should give a good account of himself in that race,the eye catcher for me was Aeolus of Ed McMahon who was a bit green but finished fifth,he will have learnt from this and will be winning soon.

Second race was a 1m4f 3yo Fillies Handicap (66-85)only five in this and it was a fourth win of the season for Special Meaning who in typical Mark Johnstone fashion made all and held off Java Rose by 3.75 lengths with Playbill back in third, Special Meaning continues to improve and at the moment shows no signs of stopping while Playbill is proving to be a costly to follow type.

Third up was the feature event a 5f Handicap for 3yo+ (76-95), a decent field for this which brought a back to form win for Another Wise Kid who made good headway over 1f out to take the £7284 prize for trainer Paul Midgley with Singeur in second and the veteran 9yo Oldjoesaid in third, This was a fair race but the favourite Captain Dunne ran flat and struggled and needs a decent drop in the weights.

The Fourth race was the Colstrope Cup over 1m for 3yo (66-85) and another all the way win for the still unexposed Henry The Aviator who made all under Silvestre de Souza for the Mark Johnstone yard with Ready and Bold Prediction filling in second and third positions. The winner like in the second race has got plenty improvement left and could be picking up a bigger prize before the seasons out and is a very likeable sort.

Fifth race was a Maiden Handicap over 1m2f for 3yo+ (51-70) and this was a very poor contest, the drama was at the start as favourite Peter’s Friend twice threw off jockey Paul Mulrennan but he got back on and probably wished he hadn’t bothered as the horse came in seventh of the eight runners, The race went to Arlecchino who was probably fortunate to win a race as bad as this,Qibtee came second and improved a bit now going into a handicap and could pick up a win somewhere.

Last race was a 6f Handicap for 3yo+ (56-75 and it was cheers all round for Adams Ale who hacked up at 16-1 with Holy Angel second, Adams Ale was recording his second win of the season since landing a Redcar race in May, he’s one of these typical sprint handicappers who wins in turn and it gave Paul Midgley his second win of the day.

A nice evenings racing,quite warm but it cooled down a bit later on which was very welcome by the crowd.

Tomorrow it’s Ripon and the first day of the Yorkshire Summer Racing festival whose feature race is the Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap.

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