The closing 5f handicap at Pontefract (due off 5.40pm UK) looks tricky to say the least, but we're at least assured of a good price if landing on the winner.
That's easier said than done but one horse who ticks a lot of boxes is the Richard Fahey-trained course and distance winner ARCTIC FEELING and has a far better chance than his recent form figures (090600) would suggest. The majority of those runs have been on unsuitably fast ground with the exception being his sixth (of 21) at Ayr three starts back in good to soft. They're calling the ground 'soft' and the last time he ran on such a surface (at Beverley in April of this year to be exact), he won.
Thanks to those uninspiring efforts since he has been dropped by the handicapper to a mark of 81, which is 9lb lower than his last winning one, and he will carry 5lb less than his allotted weight of 9st 3lb (8st 12lb to save you the math) thanks to the presence of talented apprentice Adam McNamara on his back. He has been making the most of his opportunities this season, booting home 29 winners for the selection's stable, and is excellent value for his claim.
His mount has won ten times on turf and filled the frame (second or third) on ten other occasions, which is a fair return for a sprint handicapper and he can normally be relied upon when he has conditions to suit - like today. He will need some luck from his wide draw in stall 12 but he has plenty of other things in his favour as a way of compensation and not least his price.
Pontefract race 8, Arctic Feeling each-way @ 9.00 (8/1) bet365