Wednesday’s race of the day – Preview and tips for the feature handicap at Bangor

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We take a look through the runners in the main Handicap Chase at Bangor and provide readers with our tips on on Wednesday 13th November.

Umbrellas will be at the ready in North Wales tomorrow, as a capacity crowd gather to enjoy a strong card at Bangor. The feature race of the afternoon is the Duchess Of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase and our expert has taken a look through the field to try and find his winner.

Wednesday’s Race Of The Day at Bangor

Arthur’s Gift

Scored on third start over fences at Carlisle last year, before pulling up in the Midlands Grand National. Comfortable beaten as the favourite on his reappearance, finishing a nose behind Looksnowtlikebrian in fifth. Should like heavy ground and is respected. Better options though.

Calipso Collonges

Won nicely over two-and-a-half miles on second start over fences. Beaten on three starts since, including fourth-place finish on return at Fakenham. Hacked up on heavy ground to win on stable debut over fences. Could have reached his level now though and looks one-paced over three miles.

Classic Ben

Acquitted himself well as a novice last season, winning a Class Two off 130 at Sandown in February. Well-beaten on final start over three-miles-two at Newbury on final novice start. Got better with racing last two seasons but could still mount a challenge.

Commodore

Only reached rating of 110 over hurdles. Pushed straight up to three miles on first chase start last December and won nicely. Made it two-from-two over fences at Sandown in March, cruising to victory by three lengths. Likes soft ground and unbeaten over this trip. Plenty going for him.

Commodore powers home under Hugh Nugent at Sandown.

Graceful Legend

Took a while to warm to fences. Switched back to hurdling for one run last season. Managed to win on sixth start as a chaser at Newbury, but well-beaten on final outing at Cheltenham. Ran poorly on reappearance in hurdles race and all wins have come when word good features in going description.

I Just Know

Fell early in 2018 Grand National when as well-backed 14/1 shot. Had a year off after heavy fall at Kelso in October that year. Returned last month with last-place finish in handicap over hurdles. Clearly got plenty of class, but question marks around fitness and better handicapped options here.

Kayf Adventure

Won two of first four starts over fences, both coming on heavy ground. Well beaten on last six outings. Only appeared twice last season and fell when last seen behind Classic Ben at Sandown. Has ability and likes soft ground. Inactivity and poor form over last 18 months raises question marks.

Looksnowtlikebrian

Won 50% of starts over fences. Started last season with two strong victories in handicaps before pulling up in Welsh Grand National. Returned to action with decent showing at Carlisle, finishing one place ahead of Arthur’s Gift. Has won on heavy, but best for over this trip has come on good ground. Could still be a player though.

Verdict

Charlie Price’s five-pound claimer leaves Looksnowtlikebrian looking well treated, if he takes to the heavy ground that is. Despite his tempting price, I’m finding it very difficult to tear myself away from COMMODORE, who looked a very progressive chaser during both his runs last season.

Venetia Williams might have been taken aback by the swift progress this very modest hurdler made when presented with fences last season. An easy six-length triumph was followed by an excellent victory at Sandown in March, where Commodore brushed aside some seasoned handicap chasers with the minimum of fuss. I don’t think he’s reached his ceiling just yet and Commodore won’t mind the heavy going on bit.