Richard Hannon doesn’t send too many runners to Pontefract (especially 2 year olds) but his representative Age Of Empire looks to have a favourites chance in what could be an interesting race.
The son of Royal Applause finished a close up 7th on debut over 5f at Newmarket and duly improved on that run next time out when sluicing up at Newbury, winning without really coming off the bridle over 6f. Was stepped up next time up at Ascot and ran creditably to finish 6th in the Coventry. That is the best piece of form in the field and the competition this time is definitely less exacting. His tactical speed and ability to run from the front could be a big plus on this track which tends to favour front runners with a turn of foot.
Gold Medallion represents the Mark Johnston stable who won the Coventry and as such, he should have a good line on the form. His runner justified favouritism on racecourse debut, but looked backwards in the process and wasn’t considered ready for Ascot. Clearly has bundles of potential but the concern would be that the turning 6f may not be ideal and he is not as battle hardened as the selection.
3.15 Wolverhampton – Criminalistic
Charlie Appleby and Godolphin’s doesn’t look a world beater, but he has a good chance of going close in this Wolverhampton maiden. Twice raced, he should relish the step up in trip.
The son of Dubawi made an adequate debut over 6f at Wolverhampton and subsequently went off favourite for a 6 furlong maiden at Lingfield 11 days ago. The Surrey track is definitely sharper, and he was readily left behind when the winner quickened turning for home. Stayed on well that day, suggesting that a step up in trip was required. Really likely to appreciate the 7 furlongs and has stall 1 which is a good draw over the turning course. Available at 4/15.00+4004.004.00-0.25 with Bet365, he makes a decent each way alternative to the favourite.
Roger Varian saddles Majdool, the market leader who produced a good form figure last time out at Chester. Sire Acclamation tends to produce sprinters over 7/8f 2 year olds, but there is no denying the strength of his form last time out. Has a reasonable draw in stall 5, but it could be closer than the betting suggests.
Tips Summary (29th June)
3.00 Pontefract – Age Of Empire Win – 7/42.75+1751.751.75-0.57 – Ladbrokes, SkyBet
3.15 Wolverhampton – Criminalistic EW – 4/15.00+4004.004.00-0.25 – Bet365
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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