Timeform pick out their three best bets from Pontefract on Monday…
“He shaped like the best horse in the race when going down only to one with previous experience at Ripon…”
Timeform on Gifts of Gold
DEJA showed a good attitude to prevail after 12 months off at Chester last time, battling well after being tackled over a furlong out, and might have more to offer now handicapping. He gets the vote in a competitive heat, though fellow Newmarket-raider Wajaaha is similarly unexposed and makes some appeal, while Armandihan and Dance King are amongst the local runners who have fair claims.
GIFTS OF GOLD and Imaginative immediately make the most appeal with the Godolphin gelding getting the vote. He shaped like the best horse in the race when going down only to one with previous experience at Ripon and looks sure to improve. The step up in trip will suit Imaginative and he looks sure to win races, but is fancied to find just one too good here.
SO NEAR SO FARHH is taken to reverse recent C&D placings with Bodacious Name given her rival was seen to much better effect. Mick Channon’s filly remains on a workable mark and can resume winning ways if things pan out better for her this time. Rubenesque was another caught in a poor position in the same race and should get a lot closer now, while Ayr-winner Royal Flag is also interesting.
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