Dragonera should relish the soft ground at Pontefract
DRAGONERA'S fondness for soft ground boosts her chances of victory in the Arkle Finance Pipalong Stakes at Pontefract.
Ed Dunlop's filly is one of just a few horses in this line-up who genuinely relishes a slog through the mud, which looks a likely scenario judged by the grim forecast.
She has also shown this season a Listed race is a feasible prospect on the evidence of her fine second in the Warwickshire Oaks last month.
The Doyen filly attempted to make all of the running, and would have succeeded were it not for the presence of Set To Music, who is a Pattern-race performer in her own right.
This week's delicious £5 5 O'CLOCKTAIL is a refreshing Tequila Sunrise. Available everyday from our Bar for only £5 between 5pm & 7pm.
Terms: £5 cocktail applies to the cocktail of the week.
Contact: 0117 2448281
Valid until: Monday, May 27 2013
Dragonera has often come from off the pace in her races, so it was interesting to see front-running tactics deployed on her last start. Trailblazers often do well at Pontefract, so jockey Paul Mulrennan might be expected to adopt a similar approach here.
Although she drops back down to a mile, that might not be a bad thing as the likelihood of testing ground should require excess stamina, of which Dragonera has plenty.
All On Red was outclassed at Royal Ascot, but should find the Dianne Nursery over six furlongs far more palatable.
The Red Clubs filly beat just one home in the Albany Stakes, but can be considered a little better than that bare form.
It did not go to plan at Musselburgh, either, but that was probably on account of her fractious tendencies at the start. She was chasing the game from there on in and finished third behind Ahern in a tight conditions stakes.