Timeform Shortlist: Bangor, Friday February 9

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"It wouldn't be a surprise to see last year's winner Barton Gift leave behind a couple of poor runs back at this venue."

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1.40 EBF TBA Mares' Novices' Chase (4) 2½m72y

Timeform Top Rated:
151+ 5. RONS DREAM Peter Bowen Sean Bowen
148 2. HAPPY DIVA Kerry Lee Richard Patrick (5)
143+ 1. THE NIPPER Warren Greatrex Richard Johnson

Analyst's Verdict:
Happy Diva appeared well at home when winning over this sort of trip at Ludlow last month, and with her earlier form having a solid look to it, another bold bid seems likely. Rons Dream was beaten by a smart rival at Chepstow, and could prove the main threat ahead of the The Nipper.


2.10 Hampton Veterinary Centre Handicap Chase (4) 3m5f142y

Timeform Top Rated:
134 6. ITSTIMEFORAPINT Lucinda Russell Derek Fox
130? 3. RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE Venetia Williams Robert Dunne
128§ 1. BARTON GIFT John Spearing Andrew Thornton

Analyst's Verdict:
Catching On is likely still capable of winning off this sort of mark if his jumping holds up and gets the vote in a race where most have questions to answer at present. Itstimeforapint is well treated if first-time blinkers have a positive effect, while it wouldn't be a surprise to see last year's winner Barton Gift leave behind a couple of poor runs back at this venue.


2.45 John Hewitt Memorial Open Hunters' Chase (6) 2½m72y

Timeform Top Rated:
139 7. BARRAKILLA Fergal O'Brien Mr Z. Baker
138 11. MODULE Tom George Mr N. George (5)
126+ 13. SILVER ROQUE Mary Vestey Mr S. Davies-Thomas (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Barrakilla and Module are a couple of high-end recruits to this sphere. The latter was superior at this peak, but showed very little in a light 2016/17 campaign, and given the former's record fresh, he is preferred. Silver Roque is unbeaten in points and is the pick of the rest back under Rules.


3.20 Deepbridge Capital Novices' Hurdle (3) 2m7f32y

Timeform Top Rated:
147p 5. APPLESOLUTELY Richard Mitford-Slade Micheal Nolan
146 2. GOOD MAN PAT Alan King Tom Bellamy
142 1. CARLOS DU FRUITIER Ben Pauling Daryl Jacob

Analyst's Verdict:
It was hard not to be impressed with the manner of Applesolutely's recent hurdling debut success at Taunton, eased close home when accounting for a next-time-out winner. She is fancied to follow up with more likely in the offing. Knockrobin and Good Man Pat are feared most.


3.50 Excel Signs Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m145y

Timeform Top Rated:
119x 7. STEEL CITY Michael Easterby Will Kennedy
118p 6. LORD COUNTY Oliver Greenall Ross Turner (7)
117 1. CAPE HIDEAWAY Mark Walford Miss E. Todd (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Lord County is really progressing well and has every chance of landing the hat-trick. Steel City remains well treated on old form, while Cape Hideaway and Walsingham Grange are others to consider.


4.25 British Stallion Studs EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) (4) 2m145y

Timeform Top Rated:
140 7. POTTERMAN Alan King James Bowen (3)
139p 1. FIN AND GAME Donald McCain Brian Hughes
132 2. THE LINKSMAN Sam England Jonathan England

Analyst's Verdict:
Bumper-winner Potterman has made a bright start to his career over hurdles, likely to have gone closer but for a last-flight mistake when second at Newbury latest. He gets the narrow vote in receipt of plenty of weight from the promising Fin And Game who rates the chief threat, ahead of The Linksman.


4.55 Stella Artois Standard Open National Hunt Flat (5) 2m145y

Timeform Top Rated:
114p 2. THEBANNERKINGREBEL Jamie Snowden Gavin Sheehan
110p 1. HARAMBE Alan King Tom Bellamy
108 4. BARLEY HILL Ben Pauling Daryl Jacob

Analyst's Verdict:
Thebannerkingrebel and Harambe looked useful when making winning debuts and are probably the pair to focus on, with the former getting the nod on the back of an impressive display at Warwick. Barley Hill was second last time and is unlikely to be far away, while Baby Ted was well behind the selection at Warwick but the fact he was short in the betting suggests he's thought capable of better.


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