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Saturday 3 December 2016

Gatewood will likely have bigger targets on his agenda later in the season, but the totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes at the Yorkshire venue looks an ideal opportunity to get his first 2015 win on the board.

Gatewood will likely have bigger targets on his agenda later in the season, but the totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes at the Yorkshire venue looks an ideal opportunity to get his first 2015 win on the board.

The seven-year-old counts Royal Ascot and Epsom successes among his eight career wins, and he was twice victorious in Listed company last term before falling short on subsequent higher-profile outings.

Very much an international campaigner for John Gosden, Gatewood even spent some time being trained in Australia before returning to Newmarket and he has consistently held his own at a decent level.

Narrowly edged out in a French Group Two, Gatewood then made the long trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup but the two-mile trip in that Group One heat appeared to be beyond him and he finished well beaten.

Returned to action at Newbury last month, Gatewood cut little ice behind Telescope but he can be forgiven that lacklustre run as it was his first outing since last November and he must surely progress for the effort.

Gosden keeps him to Listed level here and this does not look quite as big an ask for Gatewood.

Waterclock is worth a shot in the toteexacta Pontefract Cup after notching a reasonable fourth at this track last time.

Formerly trained by Roger Charlton, the six-year-old showed a modicum of ability over hurdles through the winter and came fourth on his Flat return. That run should have sharpened him up nicely and he is one to keep on the right side of now.

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