Pontefract Races,Friday 17th July 2015,Red Shirt Night

The ever popular Red Shirt Night was leaving Pontefract packed to the rafters as it usually is on what was a lovely warm summers evening in this industrial part of Yorkshire. 

Six races with a couple of quite high quality handicaps on show was the fayre on offer,the Colstrope Cup being the feature event. 

6.30 Countrywide Freight Maiden Auction Stakes,Class 4,6f,2yo

Not a strong contest and the bookies were very pleased as the two market favourites Bing Bang Bong and Lady Argentum got robbed by 22-1 outsider Quoteline Direct from the Micky Hammond yard. 

Despite being very green in the paddock he got the idea of what to do,hard to know what his future is, Bing Bang Bong was another debutant and will have learnt what to do, Lady Argentum is a frustrating type who always looks to find one to good.  

7.00 Totepool Supports Jack Berry House Maiden Auction Stakes,Class 4,1m4f,3yo 

Four fillies went to post here in which the two market protagonists came first and second. 

Twitch from Hugo Palmers yard in Newmarket had to work a bit but got the job done to win at the sixth attempt, rated 77 she might pick the odd handicap up and benefitted from the step up in trip, Kelly’s Finest in second ran to her usual best but again still comes up against ones better than her. 


Twitch comes back in

7.30 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap,Class 3,5f,3yo+ (0-95)

Trainer Paul Midgley scored in this race for the fourth consecutive time as the 10yo Silvanus under Dougie Costello bounced out from box two and tenaciously fought off the other horses, winning his second race of the season he seems to like tracks with a bit of turn in them,he was turned out quickly after being fourth at York last week.  

Mukaynsis came second and ran to his form off a mark of 81,he should win races again soon,Singeur back in third may just be getting held now by the handicapper. 

8.05 Colstrope Cup Handicap,Class 3,1m,3yo+ (0-95)

A very good race here which would not look out of place on a big Saturday race day. 

After a little rest from a busy spring period the popular Yourartisonfire picked his second race of the season, travelling well behind the early speed he led coming in off the turn and got the verdict as Kiwi Bay joined him on the line, the very unpronounceable Bancnuanaheireann came third. 

Yourartisonfire clearly benefitted from a little holiday,he could go to York for a race and in the long term might be a Cambridgshire type, Kiwi Bay is still running well at the age of 10,he keeps his best for Pontefract and Redcar 


8.35 Injured Jockeys Fund Maiden Handciap,Class 5,1m2f,3yo+ (0-70)

A poor race here but it gave jockey Graham Gibbons a nice win for Sir Michael Stoute as he jumped out and made all on the filly Enitiy in the Chevley Park colours, the drop back to 10f helped and now she has had her head in front it will be interesting to see where she goes from here. 

No Backchat came second,this was his first run in her handicap and should pick a small event up soon. 

9.05 Jack Berry House Handicap,Class 5,6f,3yo+ (0-75)

Be Lucky showed her liking for this place by winning her second race here and giving Graham Gibbons a treble following his wins on Entity and Twitich. 

Jumping out from box three she got the inner and fought off all the others despite hanging to the right in the last furlong, she should be able to find more improvement here off her mark of 72 and is thriving with her racing. 

Runner up Sweet Missi is lightly raced but not quite exposed just yet,Teetotal back in third is currently driving her followers to drink which is a bit ironic!

Looking over Ponty Carlo

Some fair if not top quality racing then, highlight has to be Graham Gibbons getting a three timer, a very underrated jockey for me and always gives a horse a good ride. 

Next up racing wise is Ripon on the Saturday for the first day of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival. 

The review for that should be online tomorrow. 

Until then thank you for reading and keep spreading the word. 

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