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Black Ice Boy can bounce back; View From Training Centres: The North.

BLACK ICE BOY can win the Trinidad & Tobago Handicap (3.15) for the second year in a row at Pontefract today, writes Colin Russell.

Trained near Wetherby by Robin Bastiman, the nine-year-old is an infrequent winner these days and has not enjoyed the best of seasons.

However, testing ground at this course is ideal for him, so, even though he is out of the handicap, he is fancied to beat Give An Inch, who has no easy task with her big weight.

Nigel Tinkler's Catch The Chron should go well in the Saffie Joseph & Sons Nursery (5.15).

Successful in a seller at Hamilton in August, the daughter of Clantime ran her best race since on her latest start, when staying on strongly to finish second to Church Mice at Haydock 10 days ago.

The testing ground that day suited her well and, with similar underfoot conditions this afternoon, she is fancied to go one better.

The Tim Easterby-trained Pipadash has been rather disappointing this season, but looks to have a fine chance in the Joe & Barbara Bird Golden Anniversary Claiming Stakes (4.15).

A useful two-year-old last year, Pipadash has not progressed, but soft ground is ideal for her and, dropped into a claimer for the first time, she looks the one to beat.

Thirsk trainer David Barron has done a fine job with the enigmatic Entity, who can make it four wins from his last five starts in the Tote Trifecta Handicap (3.45).

The three-year-old is by no means a straightforward ride, but he is in a rich vein of form and was particularly impressive when scoring at Beverley on his latest start 13 days ago.

Although he has more to do at the weights today, he goes very well on soft ground and should go well.

The Pontefract Apprentice Series Handicap (2.15) can go to Clarinch Claymore from the Malcolm Jefferson stable.

The four-year-old ran one of his best races of the season when fourth at Ayr on his latest start and, in a low-grade affair, is fancied to beat Northern Echo.

PONTEFRACT: 2.15 Clarinch Claymore, 3.15 Black Ice Boy (nap), 3.45 Entity, 4.15 Pipadash, 5.15 Catch The Chron.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Russell, Colin
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2000
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