Stepping Ahead For 4.00 Pontefract
Astronereus heads betting for today’s Class 2 Easter Family Funday Handicap at 4.00 Pontefract after making steady progress in handicaps last year, but having gone close in this event 12 months ago, it appears that Stepping Ahead has been kept with this race in mind.
The 4/1 chance with bet365 is a course winner who has also tasted success over today’s trip and won’t mind the good to soft going, so expect Stepping Ahead to give a good account just 5lbs higer than last year’s game effort following a rest to re-charge the batteries. A decent break from stall 4 should see the mount of Martin harley set a decent tempo from the front and the 5-year-old could be difficult to reel in on the uphill run-in if given a slack lead.
Sennockian Star was more than four lenghts adrift of our selection last season, with Easy Terms even further behind, so the main danger could come from Gothic, Sir Michael Stoute’s runner likely to improve on some promising efforts in this campaign. Silvery Moon tends to need a run or two to get into the groove as does course and distance winner Maven, while Master Of Finance could come into the equation now gelded and the back numbers could be Hesketh Bank and Goodwood Mirage here.