Custom Cut wins Pontefract’s feature race

Jockey David Nolan steers Custom Cut to victory in Sunday's feature race. Picture: Alan Wright.
Jockey David Nolan steers Custom Cut to victory in Sunday's feature race. Picture: Alan Wright.

There was a Yorkshire-trained winner of the feature race at Pontefract last Sunday, the final day of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival (writes Graham Orange).

Custom Cut (9-2) took the Sky Bet Pomfret Stakes for trainer David O’Meara and jockey David Nolan.

Custom Cut came into the race having won a listed race at Windsor at the end of June, and he repulsed the challenge of Tenor to prevail by a length and a half in this listed race over one mile offering prize money of £45,000.

David Allan had a productive day, riding a couple of winners, the first coming on Dance King (11-1) in the Graham Rock Memorial Handicap Stakes over one mile and a quarter. Trained at Great Habton near Malton by Tim Easterby, Dance King took up the lead inside the final furlong to defeat Sky Khan by a length and a half and claim his second win of the season.

Compton Park (20-1) completed Allan’s winning double when taking the handicap race for sprinters supported by

Trained at Catwick in East Yorkshire by Les Eyre, Compton Park stayed on well inside the last furlong to win by a neck from the favourite Boy In The Bar, who has won twice this season at Pontefract.

Compton Park had winning form in Spain and was trained there by Eyre, before moving to his base near Beverley.

The opening race on Sunday, Your Guide To Pontefract At Maiden Stakes, a contest for two-year-olds, was won by Dark Reckoning (2-1 favourite), the only filly in the race.

Trained near Middleham by Ann Duffield, Dark Reckoning put her previous racecourse experience to good use, winning by a length and a half in this contest over five furlongs in the hands of former champion jockey Jamie Spencer, who was wearing the colours of Qatar Racing Ltd.

After winning over one mile and a quarter at Pontefract recently, El Bravo (7-1) stepped up in distance to land the Moor Top Farm Shop Hemsworth Handicap Stakes over one mile and a half.

Trained in Nottinghamshire by Shaun Harris and ridden by apprentice jockey, Neil Farley, El Bravo held on by half a length from Qibtee.

Middleham trainer, Mark Johnston secured a significant winner last Saturday at Ascot when Heavy Metal landed a £150,000 Heritage Handicap, and Lockhart (13-8) scored in the same colours on Sunday, taking the Fly High Faye Nickels Maiden Stakes over one mile. Ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, Lockhart won at the third time of asking, the winning margin being a length and three-quarters.

Sunday’s concluding race, the Infinity Tyres Handicap Stakes, a contest for sprinters over five furlongs, went to Majestic Manannan (7/2), trained at Sessay near Thirsk by David Nicholls and ridden by his son Adrian. Majestic Manannan lead from start to finish and the winning margin was a length.