Mr Kite can fly high on handicap debut at Ponte

Mr Kite makes his eagerly awaited handicap debut in the 3.40 at Pontefract today and is strongly fancied at 5/1 to make it a winning one now stepped up in trip from what looks a lenient opening mark.

Mick Channon’s charge won a 2m 1f bumper at Worcester back in June in facile fashion on his second start under rules, making all and pulling clear to score easily by 9 lengths.

He has since had three runs on the level, and after shaping well on the second of those when third over 1m 4f at Catterick caught the eye last time out when fourth of 9 to Star Storm over 1m 4f at Haydock.

Mr Kite raced up with the pace and kept on without being unduly kncoked about once it was clear he would not be winning to be beaten just over 7 lengths.

The winner is a rapidly improving and classy three-year-old  gone on to win twice since, including when storming to an easy success in Group 3 company at Ascot on Saturday when officially rated 94.

That gives the form a strong look and suggests that Mr Kite could potentially make a mockery of his opening mark of just 74.

The marked step up to 2m 2f looks sure to suit judged on the manner of his bumper victory, and the four-year-old remains unexposed and open to stacks of progress after just five starts.

Mr Kite also faces exposed rivals, and with Graham Lee in the saddle can make light of top weight to land the spoils.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts win Mr Kite (5/1 BetVictor, William Hill – BOG)

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