Bangor – Top Fancies In Feature Races
Bangor Tips On Wednesday
With three competitive races to look forward to this Wednesday at Bangor, our team provide a preview of the main contests and the horses you should watch out for.
13:00 Yorton Stallions Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Fillies & Mares’ Listed), 2m1f
It will be interesting to see if Could Be Trouble can continue the progression now facing fences for the first time. Despite only arriving in Britain in May, the six-year-old has won its last 4 starts. Both trainer Donald Mccain and jockey Brian Hughes continue in fine form, but this will be a very competitive race to keep the winning sequence going for the six-year-old.
Those with recent chasing experience include Burrows Diamond and Maskada. Burrows Diamond finished second on chasing debut but will need to improve greatly now contesting a first Listed race against some smart chasing prospects. Maskada should improve for a recent third over fences when last seen at Uttoxeter, however, the five-year-old will need to put in a much slicker round of jumping if she is to prevail.
Emmas Joy runs for the powerful team of brothers Dan and Harry Skelton. Last seen running back in the Mares Novices’ hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020, Emma’s Joy will have a class edge on the majority of the opposition if ready to run from a lengthy absence. However, the eight-year-old is likely to need the run on this occasion.
The vote however goes to the Alan King trained THE GLANCING QUEEN. The seven-year-old has contested strong races over hurdles recently including at this years Cheltenham Festival when finishing fifth in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle. The Glancing Queen has winning form on most types of ground and if jumping as efficiently as she did over hurdles, the seven-year-old can win this on route to bigger targets later on in the season.
13:30 Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Handicap Chase, 3m
In 2017 Blacklion was sent off favourite for the Grand National when in the care of Nigel Twiston-Davies, and after finishing fourth many would have hoped for bigger things to come. However, since that fourth-place finish at Aintree Blacklion has only managed to win one race.
Trainer Alan King will be looking to Canelo to provide him with another victory in this race. The eight-year-old has run against stronger opposition than this in the past, including winning at Listed level at Wetherby and when finishing fourth in the valuable Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster in January. Returning to action since falling in the Grand National, Canelo will likely need the run.
Eider Chase winner Sam’s Adventure will be hoping for a return to form after unseating when last seen in the Scottish National. Leading Jockey Brian Hughes returns in the saddle and has yet to taste defeat when teaming up with the Brian Ellison trained runner. However, the nine-year-old may struggle to win off top weight and would have ideally preferred softer conditions to what he will encounter.
Trainer Charlie Longsdon and jockey Aidan Coleman have been in tremendous form recently and they can take this contest with the consistent grey mare SNOW LEOPARDESS. The nine-year-old has raced against better company than this Class 2 event and has posted solid efforts the last twice at Aintree and the Cheltenham Festival. Snow Leopardess has also run well after a break in the past and her place near the top of the market is justified.
15:00 Greenhous Daf Handicap Hurdle, 2m3f
Isthebaropen has been running with great credit recently, winning three times this season including when over course and distance two starts back. The eight-year-old will be looking for another victory but now faces much tougher opposition. Local trainer Evan Williams saddles Bold Plan who would have claims on its best form, however, he is likely to need the run back from a break. Similar comments also apply to Bordeaux Bill who hasn’t been seen since 2019 when taking a Class 2 Handicap at Carlisle. The market will be a guide to his chances but it’s also worth noting that Brian Ellison is 0-9 with his runners in the last two weeks.
Class may come to the fore in the last of the feature races at Bangor, Llandinabo Lad will be popular amongst many as he goes handicapping for the first time after running in Novice company but will have to shoulder top weight. While in-form pair Olly Murphy and Aidan Coleman will be confident of landing the spoils with Hunters Call who has tackled better opposition but has failed to win since July 2020.
However, Donald Mccain can have another winner in the famous Tin Leslie colours with GOOBINATOR. The five-year-old has posted some fine efforts on the flat this campaign for Donald Mccain, winning at York and Haydock before running a mighty race in the Cesarewitch to finish fourth at Newmarket back in October. The application of the Hood has clearly worked the oracle most recently on the flat, and connections will hope they have the desired effect once more as he reverts back to the smaller obstacles off what looks a favourable mark.