For Sunday's best bet we go to Pontefract for good looking listed contest over 1 mile on ground described as good/firm .
4.05 PONTEFRACT 1 MILE POMFRET LISTED STAKES :
8 runners declared for Pomfret Listed stakes over 1 mile .The three main contenders on official ratings are Artigiano , Elleval & Highland Knight .
ARTIGIANO : Very useful two year old back in 2012 ,finishing second in both the G2 Vintage stakes & Royal Lodge Stakes.Hasn't looked as good this season, after returning from long lay off ,though did finish good second in 1 mile class 2 handicap off mark 105 in June .
ELLEVAL :Had some useful form last season,including finishing second in G2 UAE Derby at Meydan.Also finished good second in G3 Enterprise Stakes at Leopardstown in September .Won 10 furlong handicap at Meydan in Feb off mark 107 .Slightly disappointing last time finishing ,fourth of 5 in 10 furlong G3 at the Curragh ,though should come on for that run .
HIGHLAND KNIGHT : Useful sort on his day ,won six 6 from 35 starts ,including winning this race two years ago .Had some decent form last season ,including winning G3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket in October .Been highly tried this season in group company,including finishing six of 9 in G2 Summer Mile at Ascot last time .Should be suited by this drop in class.
VERDICT : HIGHLAND KNIGHT can land this race for second time in three years ,has faced some difficult tasks in group company this season,however there was nothing wrong with his fourth behind French Navy in Diomed Stakes at Epsom in June under a penalty .Odds around 7-2 look very fair .
Elleval looks the main danger ,on the pick last seasons group form ,though seems better horse on poly track/tapeta,doesnt have the greatest win record on turf (1 out 13) ,and odds around 3-1 look short enough.
HIGHLAND KNIGHT 4.05 PONTEFRACT
£50.00 EACH-WAY @ 7-2 BETVICTOR*
(UNPLACED SP 4-1 LOSS £100.00)