Music hits right note

Book Of Music can bounce back from a poor run at Chester to show his true colours at Pontefract tomorrow.

Book Of Music can bounce back from a poor run at Chester to show his true colours at Pontefract tomorrow.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt was favourite to score on the Roodee last time but he would not be the first horse to be unsuited by the tight circuit.

A line should be drawn through that run and last place behind New Guinea ignored as his three previous runs had been brimful of promise.

After winning his only start as a two-year-old at Newmarket last October he was fourth to the smart Red Rocks on his seasonal debut back at Headquarters in May.

There was also plenty to enthuse about his run at Sandown in July when he ran the useful handicapper Dansili Dancer to three-quarters of a length.

Book Of Music is certainly worth another chance and gets the nap vote in the Dalby Screw-Driver Handicap.

Blue Maeve can chalk up his third win of the season at Pontefract - and his fourth in all there - by landing the S B Honda Handicap.

The stiff five furlongs seems perfect for the Alan Brown-trained gelding, whose last appearance over the course and distance last month resulted in a smooth two-and-a-half length victory over Kings College Boy.

Although only placed in his last two starts, Blue Maeve has not been disgraced and can return to winning ways on his happy hunting ground.

Michael Jarvis has a good record with his two-year-olds at this track and Ommraan is taken to make a successful debut in the EBF Fund Frier Wood Maiden Stakes.

The Newmarket trainer won the corresponding race 12 months ago with King's Head and can repeat the trick with this son of King's Best, who cost 175,000 guineas and holds a Vodafone Derby entry.

Dancing Granny can follow up her maiden triumph at Musselburgh by defying top weight in the Racing UK On Channel 432 Fillies' Nursery.

Michael Bell's youngster has shown progressive form and appreciated the step up to a mile when scoring at the Edinburgh course by two lengths from Musical Land.

At Perth, Mooramana is worth an interest in the Albion Drilling Services Ltd 20th Anniversary Novices' Chase.

The seven-year-old finally got off the mark over fences at Bangor last month when beating Lost In The Snow by a length-and-a-quarter despite one of his customary mistakes.


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