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Slower ground key for Fire Ship at Pontefract

WILLIAM KNIGHT is hoping the ground at Pontefract does not dry out too much for Fire Ship, who bids to follow up his win last time at Windsor in the 1m handicap.

The three-year-old won on soft ground in August, and the going at Pontefract is described as good to soft, though drying slowly.

"I hope it does not dry out too much as he is a better horse on soft ground as he showed last time at Windsor," Knight said. "This looks a good opportunity for him and he should run well a long as there is the cut in the ground."

While connections of Fire Ship want slower ground, William Haggas is keen for conditons to dry out for Mabaany, as he said: "He has always been a nice horse who we have thought a bit of but I would not want the ground to be too soft for him."

Zuider Zee, last seen finishing third to Jakkalberry in the American St. Leger Stakes at Arlington in America, also features on the card in the 2m2f conditions stakes. Away from Pontefract there is action at Windsor and Wolverhampton.

In Ireland, Tipperary stages day two of its three-day meeting.

: Good to soft
Windsor: Soft
Wolverhampton: Standard
Tipperary: Heavy

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