Timeform Shortlist: Bangor, Monday January 23

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Bangor on Monday
Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Bangor on Monday

Timeform's free Shortlist comes from Bangor on Monday.

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1.50 Stella Artois Cidre Novices' Hurdle (4) 2m7f32y

Timeform Top Rated:
138p 4. GRAY DAY Donald McCain Wayne Hutchinson
136p 1. BACK TO THE THATCH Henry Daly Richard Johnson
135 2. THE BAY OAK Dan Skelton Bridget Andrews (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
This rests between Gray Day and Back To The Thatch, with Donald McCain's charge just preferred after a cracking run in defeat at Leicester last time. Catterick-winner The Bay Oak will likely need to improve to see off that pair if they are on song.

2.20 Stella Artois 'Supporting Bangor-On-Dee' Juvenile Hurdle (4) 2m145y

Timeform Top Rated:
134 10. TIMOTEO Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
131 3. DINSDALE Michael Scudamore Tom Scudamore
129p 4. FORCE OF FORCES Venetia Williams Liam Treadwell

Analyst's Verdict:
An open juvenile. Force of Forces gets the vote in the hope that a late fall on his Wetherby debut hasn't dented his confidence. Dinsdale was second in that same race and is an obvious threat for the Michael Scudamore team. Timoteo should find this a bit easier than the 2 races he's contested since coming over here and is also respected along with the Harry Fry newcomer Status Quo.

2.50 Stella Artois Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase (4) 3m30y

Timeform Top Rated:
123 3. WHISKEY CHASER Donald McCain James Cowley (3)
121? 2. AFRICAN GOLD Paul Morgan Harry Cobden
119 5. MOORLANDS MIST Evan Williams Conor Ring (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Donald McCain has his string in rude health at present and Whiskey Chaser looks the most solid option after his good second at Ayr 3 weeks ago. Drumviredy has the most potential in the field and is a clear next best.

3.20 Horseradish Hospitality Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (4) 3m30y

Timeform Top Rated:
132+ 4. CABRAGH Sam England Jonathan England
127 5. ROLLING THUNDER Donald McCain Wayne Hutchinson
123 3. PLAY THE ACE Peter Bowen Sean Bowen

Analyst's Verdict:
Cabragh has proved unrecognisable from his hurdling runs in 3 handicap chases so far and the manner of his win over C&D 3 weeks ago suggests he can defy a 9 lb rise. Rolling Thunder responded well to cheekpieces when winning on his second chase start at Musselburgh on New Year's Day and rates the main danger.

3.50 Openwork Masterclass 2017 Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (4) 2m145y

Timeform Top Rated:
132p 4. LITTERALE CI Harry Fry Noel Fehily
129+ 1. WHIZZZEY RASCAL Gordon Elliott Richard Johnson
124 2. HOPE'S WISHES Barry Brennan Mr Z. Baker (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
There is a good chance we haven't seen the best of Litterale Ci in this sphere and she is favoured by the conditions of the race for her handicap debut. She can come out on top from the penalised Whizzzey Rascal and Owners Day in a race where it is hard to split the trio.

4.20 Bangor Novices' Handicap Hurdle (5) 2m3f123y

Timeform Top Rated:
99 9. ONLY A TIPPLE Donald McCain Adrian Lane
97 1. STEEL NATIVE David Rees Paul Moloney
92 5. EL TIBURON Sam Thomas James Davies

Analyst's Verdict:
Little in the way of solid form on offer here. The Donald McCain-trained
Only A Tipple has hinted at promise on a couple of occasions and might be worth siding with back from a break. Without Frontier appeals as a potential improver now handicapping in headgear with Richard Johnson doing the steering, while the recent form of the David Rees stable provides hope for Steel Native.

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