Horse Racing Tips: The 7 bets bets at Pontefract today including an 11/2 play

The Racing Post fancy Marve in the 18:15 at Pontefract on Monday.

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17:45 – Dark Tulip

Little form to go on here and the market will doubtless prove highly informative. Both True Jem and No Nay Nicki showed promise on their respective debuts and command respect, but there are some interesting newcomers lurking, not least DARK TULIP. Richard Hannon’s daughter of Dark Angel is bred to be useful so she gets the nod ahead of Exclusive Times and Guest List.

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18:15 – Marve

A trappy sprint. Mr Wagyu is greatly respected under a 5lb penalty for his recent Hamilton success and Ruth Carr’s in-form duo Magical Effect and Final Frontier need considering too. Mrs Dibble is another worth a second look now she drops back in trip but fellow 3yo MARVE promises to be suited by this return to 6f and he gets the nod having been dropped a handy 2lb too.

18:45 – A Star Above

A useful handicap. Furzig holds much better form on the AW but he’s still well worth considering upped 3lb for his cosy Ripon win. A STAR ABOVE is just the sort his trainer excels with and this low-mileage 4yo is taken to follow up his Newmarket success.

19:15 – Saluti

Paul Midgley has landed the last two runnings of this, and he looks to have another likely sort here in the shape of C&D winner SALUTI who didn’t enjoy the smoothest of passages when fourth at Thirsk and can capitalise on a good mark now. Recent Catterick scorer Obee Jo rates next best, while both Yolo Again and the selection’s’ stablemate Ventura Express promise to be in the shake-up too.

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19:45 – Billy Roberts

A case can be made for virtually all of these but the most persuasive one is for BILLY ROBERTS, who shaped well when third over 1m here seven weeks ago and can now capitalise on a good mark stepped back up in trip. Recent Nottingham scorer Puckle rates the chief threat under a penalty, with both Bit Of A Quirke and Lexington Warfare not ruled out either.

20:15 – Arabescato

A tight-knit staying handicap in which marginal preference is for ARABESCATO, assuming he will turn out quickly after Saturday’s run. John Butler’s 4yo won here in April and has remained in form since. Dynali is feared most under a 5lb penalty for his Chelmsford win. Flint Hill is still unexposed at staying trips and greatly respected too.

20:45 – Bergerac

Preference is for BERGERAC, who scored comfortably over C&D in April and whose trainer has won this race three times in the last decade. The progressive Excel Power is feared most. Mitrosonfire has a bit to prove back on turf, while Strike Red and Tommy Tittlemouse may ideally need plenty of rain.

Pontefract betting tips summary:

17:45 – Dark Tulip
18:15 – Marve
18:45 – A Star Above
19:15 – Saluti
19:45 – Billy Roberts
20:15 – Arabescato
20:45 – Bergerac

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