Bank On Edmaaj In Pontefract Return
Bank On Edmaaj In Pontefract Return
By Anita Chambers



CHELTENHAM: 5.00 Rash Move, 5.35 Nobby Kivambo, 6.10 Massimo, 6.45 Amicelli, 7.20 Bradley, 7.50 Horner Woods, 8.20 Silver Adonis.

DUNDALK: 6.15 Attire, 6.45 Slade Power, 7.15 Elusive In Paris, 7.45 Pivotal Rock, 8.15 Heir To The Mint, 8.45 Train Of Thought, 9.10 Tribes And Banner.

KELSO: 5.45 Find A Key, 6.20 Upthemsteps, 6.55 Saga’De Tercey, 7.30 Mortimers Cross, 8.00′Dr Flynn, 8.30 Highland Cathedral.

KEMPTON: 2.00 Lyric Ace, 2.35 Fallen For You, 3.10 Sri Putra, 3.45 Thimaar, 4.20 Gusto, 4.55 George Baker.

PONTEFRACT: 2.20 Polski Max, 2.55 Kashgar, 3.30 EDMAAJ (NAP), 4.05 Swingland, 4.40 Danube River, 5.15 On The Hoof.

SOUTHWELL: 2.10 Galway Jack, 2.45 Haka Dancer, 3.20 Relax, 3.55 Oh Right, 4.30 Hawkhill, 5.05 Bold Tara, 5.40 South Stack.

David O’Meara is developing quite a reputation for improving big-stable cast-offs and looks to have another likely type in the shape of Edmaaj.

Trained by Barry Hills as a two-year-old, he failed to score in three outings but still looked to have a bit of ability as he did finish second twice.

However, Edmaaj evidently had his problems subsequently as he failed to run at all last year before changing hands for just 5,000 guineas at Newmarket last October.

The Intikhab gelding then resurfaced at Pontefract last week when he was a winner in all but name after a troubled passage over a mile.

Edmaaj was checked at least three times and it was no surprise to see him run out of steam in the dying strides and go down by a neck to Flying Applause.

Given that was his first outing in 590 days, Edmaaj should surely improve for the run, as long as he avoids the dreaded ‘bounce’ factor.

Racing off an unchanged mark of 71 in the Betfred Supports The NRC Handicap back at Pontefract, he could take a deal of beating.

Swingland was thought good enough to merit a Group One entry last year and is still among the Investec Oaks contenders at this stage.

The Fillies’ Handicap is obviously some way below that level, but Swingland is an eyecatching participant after winning at the second attempt last year.

A useful fourth on her debut at Goodwood last July, she returned to that track to win over a mile in August when the extra distance really seemed to suit.

Tackling an extra quarter of a mile here, Swingland should thrive over the longer trip, and although testing ground is an unknown factor she is by soft-ground sire Pivotal.

Kashgar holds a Derby entry so victory in the totepool Supports The NRC/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes should be something of a formality if he is up to that level.

He did not get the best of runs when third on his debut but this looks a nice opportunity to get a win on the board.

Polski Max let down favourite backers when only third on his initial start but he can redeem himself in the Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

He looked in need of the run at Musselburgh and should be a bit wiser for the outing.

It was nice to see the authorities move quickly to transfer Ascot’s waterlogged fixture to Kempton, and Thimaar can take full advantage in the Levy Board Sagaro Stakes.

The John Gosden-trained four-year-old is a strapping individual and has really come into his own since being stepped up to two miles.

That was never more evident than at this track in the Queen’s Prize last month, where he was given a positive ride from Paul Hanagan and found plenty to see off Gulf Of Naples, the pair clear, with the runner-up coming out to win since.

While this is a step up in class, the selection was thought good enough to run in the Great Voltigeur last season and, given his size, it is unlikely we have seen the best of him yet, and his proven ability on this surface is a big plus.

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