TWO PREVIOUS COURSE WINNERS RETURN TO PONTEFRACT ON MONDAY.
The going at Pontefract on Monday is currently good, good to firm in places, and these conditions should be OK for our two representatives.
Frankelio goes to post in the 4.30.pm, a 0-85 handicap over the mile, where he will face five rivals. Frankelio was last seen at York 37 days ago when finishing a more than respectable keeping on runner up over seven furlongs on soft ground, with a gaping four lengths back to the third horse. On the bare form it has to be said that it is quite a surprise that the handicapper has thankfully left him on the same mark of 69. Frankelio was a course and distance winner off this mark last season, where like now he was ridden by Graham Lee.
Our other runner is the five times winner Dragons Will Rise who steps up to 10 furlongs for the first time in the female Amateur Jockeys 0-70 at 5.35.pm, with Becky Smith on board for the first time. You can forget Dragons Will Rise's last start at Thirsk as he stumbled leaving the stalls, and had little chance after that from the bad draw in stall 14. Prior to that he was a winner at Pontefract over a mile, from an 8lb lower mark than now. Since his winning run began he has steadily climbed the handicap by 21lb to 70. This race appears to not be over strong, and the step up in trip is likely to suit.
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Good luck to the connections, Forty Forty Twenty, and The Golden Cuckoo.