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Pontefract Horse Racing Tips for Sunday

A £50,000 middle-distance Listed race for older fillies and mares is the feature contest from seven races at Pontefract on Sunday afternoon.

The latest horse racing betting tips for Sunday's meeting at Pontefract from Racing Post tipster Dave Randall.

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Sunday's Pontefract Horse Racing Betting Tips and Odds

15:00 – River Of Stars @ 5/6
16:00 – Forceful Speed @
7/2
17:00 – Rathbone each-way @
9/1

15:00 – River Of Stars @ 5/6

River Of Stars has been found an excellent opportunity to register a fourth career success in the Listed 1m4f Pontefract Castle Fillies' Stakes for four-year-olds plus at Pontefract (15:00) on Sunday afternoon.

The Sea The Stars mare is representing Ralph Beckett whose yard will be in buoyant mood following Royal Ascot success for Doha and Going The Distance earlier this week.

Beckett is 7-24 (29% +£21.33) when represented by horses aged four-year-old plus at Pontefract and William Buick is taking over in the saddle. Buick is 5-33 (15%) when riding for Beckett and 23-96 (24%) with all of his mounts at the West Yorkshire venue.

The five-year-old has an excellent form chance. She is a Listed and Group 3 winner over slightly longer trips at Chester and York on good and good to firm ground.

Ground conditions will be ideal and the drop back to 1m4f on this particularly stiff course shouldn't be an issue for a mare whose initial career success came over this 1m4f trip on Lingfield's Polytrack.

Three of the last five winners of this race were aged four and officially rated 101+ but the four-year-old contingent in opposition to the 106-rated River Of Stars on Sunday have upwards of 9lb to find on the book.

Buick is likely to make this a proper test from the front and the combination can deliver for favourite backers.

16:00 – Forceful Speed @ 7/2

William Buick is 41-173 (24% +£12.34) when riding for Newmarket trainer George Boughey and he is renewing a winning association on board Boughey's representative Forceful Speed in the Class 3 1m4f Handicap for older horses from Pontefract (4.00).

Boughey went 16-47 (34%) in the 14 days prior to racing on Saturday, including a Sandringham Stakes success from the three-year-old filly Soprano at Royal Ascot on Friday, and is a notable 10-33 (30% +£21.04) with his runners at Pontefract.

Forceful Speed has to bounce back from a modest reappearance sixth on soft ground on this course in April but he was returning from a break since finishing fifth at Doncaster on soft ground in April 2023 when successful on good to firm ground on this course under Buick in this month last year.

The selection confirmed he goes well fresh when following up at Redcar in September and he proved his stamina for this 1m4f trip when completing a hat-trick at Epsom on good ground in October.

The four-year-old achieved a Racing Post Rating (RPR) of 96 that day at Epsom. He should appreciate competing over further than 1m2f for the first time on this track, and is thought capable of registering a third course success from a workable mark of 89.

17:00 – Rathbone each-way @ 9/1

Michael Herrington's representative Rathbone has strong each-way claims in the 10-runner Class 3 6f Handicap at Pontefract (17:00).

The eight-year-old took a step back in the right direction when a relatively close ninth of 12 at Newbury recently, but the handicapper saw fit to reduce his official rating by 2lb to a mark of 75.

His initial career success came over this course and distance on good to firm ground and he is now 15lb lower in the ratings than when winning over this 6f trip at Hamilton in July 2022 on a similar surface.

An in-form Tom Eaves is renewing his association in the saddle, having won three times on the gelding in the past, and a bold bid is anticipated from a favourable low draw in stall three.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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