Racing tips: Always a chance of Pontefract victory?

Pontefract is one of tomorrow's venues
Pontefract is one of tomorrow's venues

Alwaysandforever can live in the memory of punters for a while by maintaining her progress with victory in the Pontefract Castle Fillies Stakes.

The four-year-old has just had the four starts but her trainer Luca Cumani is not one for rushing his horses and his patience can be rewarded.

Alwaysandforever showed great promise on her debut when second to Coronet.

She duly disposed of her only rival by 14 lengths on her one start as a three-year-old and thankfully has been more active in 2018 with two runs in May.

Excellent Times can gain her just reward in the totepool Cashback Club At Fillies’ Handicap after two fine efforts in defeat recently.

Becky The Thatcher can continue her fine start in her quest to claim the Pontefract Stayers’ Championship.

After going down by a head to Wemyss Point in April, the Micky Hammond-trained mare won in good style at Carlisle before scoring back at Pontefract earlier this month when she defeated Graceful Lady by half a length.

She is clearly going the right way and relishes the stamina test this course provides in the two-and-quarter-mile Bet totetrifecta At Pontefract Cup Handicap.

Ever So Much won over Hexham’s two-and-a-half miles four weeks ago and can repeat in the Campbell & Rowley For Corporate Events Handicap Chase.

Leapaway ran his best race to date when third at Uttoxeter a month ago and can back that up with success in the Bet toteswinger At Handicap Hurdle at Worcester for trainer Philip Hobbs.


Gowran Park: 2.05 Smart Flies, 2.35 Natty Dresser, 3.05 That Is The Spirit, 3.35 Texas Radio, 4.05 Curly, 4.35 Dance Emperor, 5.05 Chiara Luna.

Hexham: 1.50 Russian Royale, 2.20 Caius Marcius, 2.50 Lovely Schtuff, 3.20 Chu Chu Percy, 3.50 Big Time Dancer, 4.20 Ever So Much, 4.50 Onelasthand.

Pontefract: 2.00 Heavenly Bliss, 2.30 Beauvais, 3.00 Rainbow Rebel, 3.30 ALWAYSANDFOREVER (NAP), 4.00 Becky The Thatcher, 4.30 Excellent Times, 5.00 Mishaal.

Worcester: 2.10 Overtoujay, 2.40 Newton Geronimo, 3.10 Destiny’s Gold, 3.40 Cool Sky, 4.10 Leapaway, 4.40 Scotsbrook Night, 5.10 Spader, 5.40 Inessa.