It was a case of dejavu for the connections of Another Wise Kid when the six-year-old won the feature race at the annual ‘Red Shirt Night’ meeting at Pontefract on Friday evening for the second successive year (writes Graham Orange).
Returned at 5-1, Another Wise Kid - trained at Westow near Malton by Paul Midgley and ridden by Philip Makin - took the lead a furlong out to win the Betfred Handicap Stakes by a length and a half in this valuable sprint contest over five furlongs.
It was the second leg of a winning double on the night by Makin, who had earlier partnered Hoop Of Colour (9-4) to victory in the totepool Fillies’ Handicap Stakes over one mile and a half.
It was the first win at Pontefract for Newmarket trainer Lady Cecil and once Hoop Of Colour was given a clear run, she stayed on well to win by a neck.
The three-year-old filly, owned by the Niarchos Family, was making her debut in handicap company after winning a race for maidens last month at Newbury.
It’s been a frustrating season for trainer Ann Duffield, who is based at Constable Burton in North Yorkshire, but George Dryden (8-1) produced a good performance on his racecourse debut to take the opening race, the Countrywide Freight Maiden Auction Stakes for two-year-olds.
Ridden by PJ McDonald, George Dryden simply had too much for the 5-4 favourite Caprior Bere and won by an impressive six lengths.
The leading trainer on the Yorkshire courses this season, Richard Fahey, was on the scoreboard on Friday evening, courtesy of Imshivalla, the 6-1 winner of the Colstrope Cup Handicap Stakes, a race for three-year-olds over one mile.
A runner-up at Haydock Park earlier this month, Imshivalla - ridden by Tony Hamilton - won by half a length, staying on well in the closing stages.
Nakeeta (8-1) landed the Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Maiden Handicap Stakes over one mile and a quarter by half a length for trainer Scobie Jardine, who is based in the Scottish Borders. Ridden by David Nolan, Nakeeta knuckled down to win by half a length from Kinema.
The evening’s concluding race, the Injured Jockeys’ Fund 50th Anniversary Handicap Stakes - a contest for sprinters over six furlongs – went to Jamesbo’s Girl (9-2).
Trained at Maunby near Thirsk by David Barron and ridden by Graham Gibbons, Jamesbo’s Girl had two and a half lengths to spare over Bajan Bear.
The four-year-old filly had finished second in her previous race and she went one better in good style.