Track Winner Quoteline Direct Worth a Punt at Ponte
Pontefract is not the easiest track to get used to, and often when we see horses thrive there and win multiple races, they are worth following on their return. Quoteline Direct has picked up three wins at Pontefract, and although his most recent two have been over further, I still think he is running into form and has a big shout of landing the opening race on their evening card.
This race is over a stiff mile, while the last two victories for Quoteline Direct have been over 1m2f. That slightly puts me off him, but he is still worth a chance based on his latest run. He began his season with a poor run down the field, but often needs his first run to get him ready, so that wasn’t a huge surprise. He improved for that to finish fourth last time out, and I think he will be able to take another step forward today.
This doesn’t look to be the strongest of contests, and this horse is weighted to win when he is fit and ready, which I believe is today. His last win came last season off a handicap mark of 67, and after that he was running off marks up in the 70s, which were too high for him. He gets in off 69 today, and that drop coupled with two runs to get him fit gives me hope that he can take this.
Elsewhere there appears to be few that can get into this race, last year’s winer Trinity Star is back to try and win again but he is now an 8 year old. The biggest danger may be the other horse from the Micky Hammond yard, Frankster, who was eye catching over too far last time out, and the drop back to a mile here will certainly be in his favour. However, Quoteline Direct is the one for me, he looks to be on a good handicap mark, and after two runs he should be raring to go tonight.