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Monday 5 December 2016

Johnston's Sennockian set to Star at Pontefract

Trainer Mark Johnston
Trainer Mark Johnston

SENNOCKIAN STAR Star has every chance of again playing a big part in the Easter Family Funday Handicap at Pontefract.

Mark Johnston's five-year-old was third 12 months ago off a similar rating and showed he was still in good heart after a busy spell in Dubai with a creditable third on the Polytrack at Chelmsford.

Immediately after his effort in West Yorkshire last year he went on to win the City And Suburban at Epsom, and there seems little doubt he will pop up fairly soon now he is feasibly handicapped again.

Like many from this yard he takes his racing extremely well, as witnessed by his 14 outings in 2014, which included a fine fourth in the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot from a mark 4lb higher than which he tackles this mile-and-a quarter event.

As ever, Johnston's Middleham operation is nicely among the winners.

DANNYDAY found himself in two good maidens last season and can get on the scoresheet at the third time of asking in the Breeders Backing Racing "High-Rise" EBF Maiden Stakes for Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.

His first effort hinted at good things to come when not beaten over far at Doncaster by Commemorative, who went on to put up a very creditable effort at the Breeders' Cup meeting.

Next time out was a bit disappointing on the face of it, but a drying couple of days would be likely to see some improvement and as a half-brother to useful stayer Dubday he should be seen to better effect now he tries a mile and a quarter for the first time.

TRINITY STAR paid his way last year and can get off to the best possible start for the new season in the Many Thanks To Josie Smith Handicap.

He won off 59 back in May and it was encouraging to see him continue on an upward curve throughout the campaign, ending with two wins in a matter of days in September, the latter off a rating of 71.

The hope is there is more to come with another winter on his back.

EDGAR BALTHAZAR has to defy an absence of 269 days in the Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Handicap but hopes are he can do so.

Only seen once, Keith Dalgleish's charge made all to win over the minimum trip at Hamilton, looking then that a try at six furlongs would be even more up his street.

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