Weak fare on a Monday after the weekend's better jumps/Flat action, but there should be a few favourites to take aim at in Bangor's afternoon card.
...it is no bad move to keep the Cholmondeley-based trainer's runners on side given his record at Bangor, and it is rare he sends out a jumper that doesn't know its job.
13:30 - It looks a simple case of two from three in the opening novice hurdle, and at morning prices it is market favourite (at time of writing) Tidal Way who has his head on the block. With the 10 lb claim of Paul O'Brien negating Halogen's double penalty for winning similar events earlier in the summer he looks worth supporting to make the frame, alongside Reg Hollinshead's Rapid Heat Lad. It would be a major surprise were one of the pair not to place.
14:00 - A maiden chase and another favourite to take on in leg two. Once again it should pay to keep a McCain runner on side, and in the shape of Avenging Ace we have a second favourite who was much the best of the field over hurdles. He rates an interesting chasing debutant given he won a maiden point in Ireland in April 2011. As a cover shot, it is also worth adding Trojan Sun to the permutation. Very much the type to make a chaser, the Kayf Tara gelding was an encouraging third to Sum Laff in a Ludlow maiden on his chasing début earlier this month, racing freely and jumping boldly. He is open to improvement and another who looks a fair price at morning odds.
14:30 - The withdrawal of likely favourite Fabrika has somewhat changed the complexion of the third race on the card, but 'if it ain't broke why fix it' and McCain's Mount Hope can add to his success in a Sedgefield bumper in May at the first time of asking over timber. In what looks an open event with several making their debuts it is no bad move to keep the Cholmondeley-based trainer's runners on side given his record at Bangor, and it is rare he sends out a jumper that doesn't know its job. No Duffer is also worth a play given that he showed a similar level of form in bumpers as the aforementioned Mount Hope and is another who look sure to come into his own now faced with a greater test of stamina over obstacles.
15:00 - A trappy fourth leg in which Bubbly Bruce and Basoda are the two that make most appeal. The former is open to improvement over fences and represents a Fergal O'Brien stable which has been in good nick this autumn. He is one of the few still on an upward curve and merits respect accordingly. Basoda produced a big career best to run out a wide-margin winner at Kempton on his recent return and should be bang there attempting to follow up under a penalty.
15:30 - Debutant Tominator makes the market and in all likelihood will take plenty of beating. That said, he has yet to jump a hurdle in public and Investissement was similarly matched with him on the level. David Pipe's runner hasn't translated that ability to timber yet, but there should surely be more to come and in the event Tominator doesn't take to this discipline he ought to be one of the main principles on hand to take advantage. Echoing those sentiments, Kayalar is another who should have more to offer in this sphere and could go well at bigger odds.
16:00 - Finally, Finmerello is a banker selection in leg six. Kim Bailey's mare should relish the step up in trip and it would be no surprise to see her do better now tackling handicaps. At morning prices she looks worth supporting to do so given the various jumping/trip doubts which surround the majority of her market rivals.
13:30 - 1, 2
14:00 - 2, 12
14:30 - 6, 7
15:00 - 1, 2
15:30 - 5, 7
16:00 - 5
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