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Harry Allwood's top tips for Monday: Trust Pony to score again at Pontefract

By Harry Allwood@H_Allwood1
Mon 19 Oct 2020

Fresh from tipping Addeybb (10-1) and Njord (11-1) from five selections on Champions Day, Harry Allwood is back to mark your card for Monday’s racing action.

It’s back to reality on Monday as the quality of racing dips following a high-class weekend of racing.

However, there is Listed action at Pontefract plus some competitive action in Ireland at Gowran Park, the two meetings live on Racing TV.

Jumps racing has begun to get back into gear over the past couple of weeks and we have the return of Cheltenham to look forward to this week, with their Showcase meeting taking centre stage on Friday and Saturday.

I have three selections for Monday’s action and, I must admit, I don’t usually bet in maidens, but my two selections at Gowran Park have been in my Racing TV tracker since their debuts and are worth backing at the prices. Best of luck.

3.35 Gowran Park: Hanbags N Gladrags each-way at 16-1 with Bet365

This youngster was sent off a 66-1 chance on debut at the Curragh over six furlongs, which was a slight surprise given she is by Group One-placed Fast Company and closely related to numerous Listed winners.

She shaped like a 66-1 chance in the early part of the race as she was slowly away and detached in last until halfway.

However, when the penny finally dropped, she could be seen staying on in eye-catching style through the field and eventually finished fifth, despite showing a huge amount of greenness.

Connections are quick to step their filly up to a mile here, which looks a good move as the way she stayed on, having been outpaced, suggested a couple of extra furlongs would suit her.

She should have learnt plenty from her debut effort and the form of that race has worked out well as the runner-up has won nicely since, and the fourth was not beaten far in a valuable Auction Race next time out.

Heavy ground does pose a question mark here, although a couple of the horses she is related to handled soft ground which provides hope Hanbags N Gladrags will not be inconvenienced by the underfoot conditions.

I was quite surprised to see her open up at 16-1 with Bet365, and she is worth chancing at the prices.

4.20 Pontefract: Our Little Pony at 5-1 with William Hill

Watch how Our Little Pony won this race last year

Our Little Pony looks poised to make a bold bid for a repeat victory in the Visit goracinginyorkshire.com Handicap on Monday.

The five-year-old has not got her head in front since her success in the 5f contest 12 months ago, but has posted plenty of useful efforts in defeat, including when coming from an unpromising position to finish sixth last time out.

Lawrence Mullaney’s charge was also not beaten far at Listed level at Ayr in September and although Our Little Pony has a 3lb higher mark to contend with this year, regular rider Faye McManoman takes a useful 5lb off again.

Ground conditions are also in her favour – her last three wins have been on soft – and one would imagine connections have been eyeing a second tilt at this race for a while, so there is no reason why she won’t go close again.

4.35 Gowran Park: Lady Dahlia at a general 7-2

This daughter of English and Irish Derby winner Australia is yet to win in three starts but has shown plenty of promise and this looks a good opportunity for her to get off the mark.

Joseph O’Brien’s youngster finished second behind Pista on debut, and her stablemate has since scored at Listed and Group Two level.

It was no surprise that she was no match for her rivals in a Listed contest won by the sensational Princess Zoe last time out and now drops back to a more realistic level.

It is unlikely Lady Dahlia is going to to scale the same heights her sire did, but she has shown ability and ought to be capable of winning a race of this nature.

Those with experience in this race have not achieved a great deal, so the favourite, although making her debut, is feared the most given she is a 1.2m guineas yearling by Galileo and trained by Aidan O’Brien.

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