THE 2m 5f Pontefract marathon is a unique staying contest for moderate horses and BRANDY JAMES (3.50) may be a bit better class than his rivals. Harry Whittington's four-year-old showed up fairly well at Newbury over hurdles when running sixth to The Knot Is Tied over 2m 3f and Dane O'Neill is a good booking.
With Hearts negotiating a path to the Scottish Cup Final, Tynecastle Park would be an appropriate winner and if he can translate his Fibresand form to turf he rates a big threat.
TEXTING (4.20) is worth a fairly solid each-way bet in the 6f novice stakes, with Silvestre De Sousa taking the mount on Mohamed Moubarak's filly. She showed a lot of speed at Chelmsford City before fading into third and represents a bit a value against short-priced Collect Call.
It is impossible to know with any degree of certainty if useful all-weather campaigners will go equally well on turf and that applies particularly at this time of year with plenty of winter ‘sand' horses switching to grass. A chance is taken on FIELDS OF ATHENRY (3.30), a smart all-weather performer ridden by Ryan Moore for in-form James Tate. My selection looks sure to appreciate this step up to 1m 2f in handicap company.
Top weight Sam Cooke has already won on turf, landing a fairly modest event at York in October, and is another likely to relish the increase in distance.
17:50 Warwick - Race: 4
18:05 Thirsk - Race: 4
18:20 Warwick - Race: 5