Stepping success at Ponte
A review of Monday afternoon's meeting at Pontefract where Stepping Out won the fillies' handicap.
A rise in class is imminent for Stepping Out after she showed a neat turn of foot to win the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Park Suite Fillies' Handicap at Pontefract.
Absent for 11 months through injury, the Tom Dascombe-trained three-year-old had won on her second comeback run at Goodwood and could notch more wins against her own sex over sprint distances.
Richard Kingscote had the 3-1 favourite handily placed as the tight-packed field turned for home and she bounded away to score by a length and a quarter from Lady Horatia.
"She fractured her pastern last year so we virtually gave her a year off and she's going the right way now," said Dascombe.
"I thought she'd get seven furlongs or a mile, but she didn't stay at Newbury so we dropped her back and she's getting the hang of things.
"We might try her again at seven. The stiff six here suited her and we've got plenty of options.
"I suppose ultimately we'll probably give her another run in a handicap then try to get some black type. She wouldn't want soft ground."
Apprentice George Chaloner was banned for two days (July 14 and 15) for careless riding on fourth-placed Tumblewind.
Pallister (5-2) is likely to be considered for two-year-old Group races over seven furlongs after coming with a strong run to claim the Spindrifter Conditions Stakes.
The Mark Johnston-trained juvenile had plenty to do at the furlong pole but finished with a flourish for Franny Norton to defeat Winstanley by a length and a quarter.
"I think it was his class that got him to win at this trip. He's crying out for seven and when he does I think he will be a serious two-year-old," said Johnston's son, Charlie.
"I'm not sure what the plans will be for him but we have quite a few two-year-olds of this ilk. It's a nice problem to have. We'll have to pick and choose the races and keep them apart."
Last year's champion apprentice Jason Hart brought up a century of career winners on Craggaknock (8-1) in the Wayne Conway Memorial Handicap.
Mark Walford's lightly-raced three-year-old showed plenty of resolution as opened his account by two lengths from Inevitable.
"He's a big baby and has just taken a long time to come to hand," said Walford.
"He was trapped in at Haydock last time and with a clear run he wouldn't have been far away that day.
"A reproduction of that run was good enough for him to win today. We'll probably keep him to a mile and a half for the moment."
El Bravo (9-2) went one better than in the corresponding race 12 months ago with a hard-fought success in the Patricia George Memorial Ladies' Handicap at Pontefract.
The eight-year-old was having just his fourth run since having nine months off with a tendon injury as he kept Flag Of Glory at bay by half a length under Carol Bartley.
"It's a relief because he got injured last year. He had a hole in his tendon and had stem-cell treatment," said trainer Shaun Harris' wife, Debbie.
Alyson Deniel was suspended for five days for using her whip on the unplaced Pindar when her mount was showing no response.
Only Orsenfoolsies (7-2) ran his two rivals ragged as he turned the Jack Smith - A Lifetime In Racing Handicap into a procession.
P J McDonald dictated affairs on the Micky Hammond-trained five-year-old from the outset and w on unchallenged by eight lengths and 10 lengths from Bayan Kasirga and Ruwasi.
Boy In The Bar (5-1) registered his second win over this six furlongs with an easy win in the Wilfred Underwood Memorial Classified Stakes.
David Barron's three-year-old, ridden by Robert Winston, was five lengths too good for the 10-11 favourite Naggers.
Winston completed a late double when getting Tracy Waggott's Shadowtime (9-1) up in the dying strides to lift the Ann & George Duffield - sunhill-lodges.co.uk Handicap by a head from Checkpoint.
It was the nine-year-old's first victory since September 2012 which also came at the West Yorkshire venue.
"He just loves these courses with uphill finishes. He was due a win, he'd had some bad luck," said Waggott.