Beringer makes a welcome return at Pontefract

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July 22

Fibonacci, having been dropped a couple of pounds by the official handicapper, returned to form in style at Sandown on Tuesday.

The Esher slopes are ideal for a front-runner like Fibonacci, who ground his rivals into submission with an aggressive display of front-running under Martin Harley.

Now we all have fingers crossed for Beringer‘s long-awaited comeback in the one mile Listed race at Pontefract on Thursday.

Alan said:”It will be Beringer’s first race since his career-best performance in finishing second to Lord North in the Cambridgeshire last September, but it is just great to have him back.

“Initially, we were disappointed Beringer did not win at Newmarket, but the winner’s subsequent efforts have underlined what a terrific run it was from our fellow, with Lord North improving 26lb, having been an impressive winner of the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

“Unfortunately, Beringer’s reappearance has been delayed. He was working well in the spring when he had a little hold up, but he is now looking good again in the mornings and we are looking forward to the second half of the season.”

On official ratings Beringer, who went up 7lb for his brave three parts of a length Cambridgeshire second – they finished four lengths clear of the third – has to improve another 5lb to cope with Godolphin’s Royal Hunt Cup winner Dark Vision. But the form Beringer was in when I saw him on the gallops last week suggests he won’t go under without a fight.