Dave Nevison's top tips for Tuesday: Clon Coulis on course for repeat

By Dave Nevison
Mon 8 Jul 2019

With 12 winners from 35 tips, Dave Nevison is showing a £39 profit to a £1 level stake in the last month and he seeks to keep up the good work with three tips on Tuesday.

Pontefract is an extremely well-managed track which I love and it simply does not deserve to have a three-runner sprint handicap on an otherwise solid midweek card.

I never will get it but no doubt someone will know why such a race does not fill.

Two of my bets on Tuesday won on the card last year and have great chances of gaining repeat victories.

3.15 Pontefract: Clon Coulis

Watch how Clon Coulis won last year

This terrific mare was drawn in stall 9 when winning this Listed event last year, so has arguably had better luck with box 8 this time.

However, though I take great stock of the draw at this track as a rule I am not massively concerned for Clon Coulis as she will more than likely miss the break and be nearer last for most of the race.

She passed the whole field when winning last year and showed she is in just as good form last time with a brilliant effort to be second in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot.

She might easily have won if getting through a fraction sooner.

I am glad there is a biggish field as that makes a strong pace more likely.

Indeed, it looks pretty much guaranteed courtesy of Vivianite, Pattie and New Day Dawn.

Billesdon Brook is a Classic winner but this is her grade and she has a penalty for her recent Listed win at Chelmsford. I believe that will be enough to enable Clon Coulis to master her.

4.45 Pontefract: One To Go each-way

Has drawn stall one in this mile handicap and given that the gelding has been tried at distances up to 14 furlongs I am sure David Allan will try to utilise his inside advantage and try to set a good pace.

The handicapper seems to have been generous in dropping this horse to a winnable mark and there was certainly no need to move him down another 1lb last time for a perfectly acceptable run against a well-handicapped horse on a roll.

He is now 12lb lower than his highest mark, yet to my mind he has run well when he has had chances and could easily be rated higher.

He is still a maiden, which is always a worry, but the reapplication of headgear seem to have woken him up the last twice.

Mecca’s Gift was massively impressive last time, so will be short in the betting, but that win came from nowhere and the 9 draw makes me feel it is worth taking on.

Starlight Red won a poor race last time and Jimmy Greenhough is also wide in 10. I am fearful of Garrison Commander but he is two outside my selection and may want further than a mile.

5.15 Pontefract: Quoteline Direct

Quoteline Direct was winning at this track for the third time when taking this prize last year and can repeat the trick.

He was backed from double figures into favouritism at one point for a lady amateurs race here last time (when again seeking a repeat win) but he simply did not get the breaks and his run can be discounted on my reading.

He has a good draw in a race where Rose Crown, who stays further, will surely make the running.

In a smaller field the talented Harrison Shaw should be able to get him through. There are only seven runners so a small win bet is the call.

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