Dave Nevison's Friday selections: De Sousa to strike from stall one

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 14 Aug 2020

A tough punting card at Pontefract on Friday afternoon, but according to the forecasts I have found, the weather looks set to be grey but dry - so hopefully conditions don’t change too much.

1.45 Pontefract: Jordan Electrics

My best bet on a tough card by virtue of the fact he has looked very much an improved performer on two runs for his new yard this season, winning cosily enough last time out and has only gone up a lenient-looking 4lb for that success.

He has fared pretty well with the draw here in stall four and that box is made even better given that he has an habitual slow starter on his inside. He should be able to get the lead and has a very good chance of making all.

He showed for his previous yard that an uphill finish over six furlongs is within his range with good efforts at Hamilton in better company and off higher marks than this, so might just be a sprinter on a roll now.

2.20 Pontefract: Phuket Power

Having bagged stall one and being a front runner with Silvestre De Sousa on board, this horse obviously has a lot in his favour here right from the start. It may well be dropping him back to a stiff six furlongs might be a smart move as he has a tendency to do too much too early to quite see out seven.

He ran well off this mark after a break last time out and with cheekpieces back on to sharpen him up, a good run for our money looks assured. This is a 0-90 but the top weight is rated just 86 so I don’t think there is a class barrier that he cannot overcome.

3.20 Pontefract: Frankenstella

Revolver is 34lb higher in the ratings than when he started his winning run in staying handicaps and typifies his trainer’s methodology but even Sir Mark Prescott’s eventually get stopped by the handicapper!

I don’t know whether this new mark will prove insurmountable, but it could be that my selection is a filly who is just starting her roll and may have more in hand than Revolver at this stage.

Frankenstella certainly looked impressive in beating Single by seven lengths over course and distance last time. The runner-up has already won since so I am happy to take the view that is strong form for the grade and that a 7lb hike in the weights will not stop this very well-bred filly from following up.

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