Money can pay his way

At The Money can make the trip north from Newmarket worthwhile by landing the stamina-sapping Pontefract Marathon Handicap at the West Yorkshire track.

At The Money can make the trip north from Newmarket worthwhile by landing the stamina-sapping Pontefract Marathon Handicap at the West Yorkshire track.

An extended two miles and five furlongs is farther than most Flat horses are generally asked to run but this James Eustace-trained gelding should come into his own at the trip.

He actually looked tapped for toe at a crucial stage over three furlongs shorter last time, but stuck to his guns and beat all bar one of his rivals to suggest compensation will be swift.

At The Money appears relatively versatile regarding underfoot conditions and looks primed to strike after his encouraging recent effort.

Transcentral is the only runner with racecourse experience in the DEM Window Solutions Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

It was initially a little disappointing Mark Brisbourne’s charge could not finish better than third on her last start, having shaped encouragingly in a decent race at Warwick first up.

However, Transcentral did bump into the potential star, Art Connoisseur, on that occasion and would be unfortunate to catch another tartar here.

Genki was fiercely progressive in 2007 and could well have more to offer this year.

Roger Charlton’s four-year-old has also drawn a useful-looking stall one in the RIU Palace Meloneras Handicap and looks sure to attract his fair share of supporters.

Another win would hardly surprise, but with bigger targets presumably on the radar later in the year, Genki might find a fighting-fit Damika too hot to handle first time out.

Silver Rime ran a race full of promise in a hot event at Doncaster last time and should grab a deserved success in the New Player Bonus Handicap.

Richard Hannon’s team are in great nick at present and this promising grey beat all but impressive winner Perks 10 days ago to suggest he is a very useful tool.

Entitled to come on for that first run of the year, he is certainly worth a few quid in his bid to go one better.

Miss Chamanda showed bags of speed when second at this track on her racecourse debut and it is hard to envisage her not going close in the Get A Bonus Maiden Stakes.

Deuteronomy must defy a 7lb penalty if he is to land Sedgefield’s totesport 0800 221 221 Novices Handicap Chase but John Wade’s gelding looks up to the task.

He had been threatening to get his head in front before impressing at Newcastle last week and should continue to pay his way.

Reckless Venture crashed out at Newcastle a week ago when in pursuit of a hat-trick, but looked useful in two previous wins at Hexham and can regain the winning thread when he returns to the track for the Gee Aker Malayo Handicap Chase.

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