King of Tonga Continues Pontefract Reign
Report by Paddy Aspell
Although there were not enough runners for an each-way punt in round three of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series, we were still treated to a thrilling finish in the curtain raiser at Pontefract.
King Of Tonga came out on top to maintain his unbeaten record at the track and provide Zak Wheatley with his 23rd winner, as well as a very smart Go Racing In Yorkshire gilet, which is given to all the winning riders of the White Rose Saddlery supported series.
Having already ridden winners priced at 33/1 and 40/1 this month, 23yr old Wheatley was yet again seen at his strongest to get the Declan Carroll trained 6yr old, who was reappearing after running with credit at Wetherby just 48 hours earlier, home to win by a neck.
Zak who can ride at just over 8 stone is fast approaching 300 rides on the track and is sure to be in demand in the coming months. The win moves him right up the table on 20 points just one behind current leader Ryan Sexton.
Round four takes place at Wetherby on 7th June.