The 2020 Pomfret Stakes takes place at Pontefract Racecourse on Thursday 23 July. It is a Listed race run over 1 mile and 6 yards and it has attracted six runners.
Andrew Balding trained the winner of this race in 2012 but his Foxtrot Lady is the only mare in this year’s field and her 5lb weight allowance still leaves as the lowest-rated runner. She’s also been beaten in all seven previous attempts in Listed races, including one over course and distance.
Beringer is an interesting runner as he was last seen finishing second in the Cambridgeshire by subsequent Group race winner Lord North. He ran off a mark of 97 that day with a 5lb claimer on his back but now finds himself on a mark of 104. That still only makes him the fifth highest-rated horse in the line-up, and he must overcome an absence of 299 days, 260 days longer than any of the previous 10 winners managed.
Oh This Is Us has won at this level before, but he was a well-beaten fifth in last year’s renewal when he was officially the highest-rated horse. This year’s contest looks tougher and he may be past his best.
The 5-year-old Wadilsafa also won a Listed race on his final run at three but he was winless at four and was beaten after having winds surgery on this year’s seasonal debut. Rated 112 at his peak, he must have a chance if improving for that first run of the year.
Dark Vision has achieved the best rating of any horse in this field when reaching a mark of 113 after winning a Group 2 at Glorious Goodwood as a 2-year-old. But it took him another 14 runs to get back in the winner’s enclosure when winning a handicap off 100. He’s up to 106 now and arrives here in better form than most of his rivals. However, he finished behind both Beringer and Escobar in handicaps last year.
Escobar is our 2020 Pomfret Stakes tip. David O’Meara trained the winners of this race in 2014 and 2015 and he has given his runner a wind operation prior to this year’s contest. A Listed race winner earlier in his career, he was receiving 2lb from Lord North when beating him last year, whereas Beringer was getting 7lb when beaten by Lord North last year.
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