Timeform Shortlist: Bangor, Thursday January 4

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"He looks sure to improve and is fancied to make a bold bid to make it 2-2."

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1.15 Stella Artois Novices' Handicap Chase (4) 2½m72y

Timeform Top Rated:
115+ 3. ONEIDA TRIBE Robin Dickin A. P. Heskin
111 9. HEAVENLY PROMISE John Groucott Lee Edwards

Analyst's Verdict:
The Kings Writ has won twice in the pointing field since last seen over hurdles and might be up to making a successful chase debut under Daryl Jacob. Oneida Tribe travelled powerfully for a long way on his Towcester return and could figure if this doesn't come too quick on him, while Pinch of Ginger was also going well when departing 5 out on his chase debut last month.


1.45 Derek Hatton Birthday Celebrations Handicap Chase (4) 3m30y

Timeform Top Rated:
132 7. SHANTY TOWN David Dennis Gavin Sheehan
130 3. CARLTON RYAN Michael Easterby Harry Bannister
130 4. SUNNY LEDGEND Andrew Martin Mr J. Martin (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
Shanty Town has twice shaped well over shorter trips in recent weeks, a juddering error 2 out arguably costing him victory at Hereford 19 days ago. The step up to 3m is expected to be within range and he can belatedly open his account. Prolific point/hunter chase winner Carlton Ryan is interesting on his respective handicap debut, whilst Sunny Ledgend despite his advancing years is also respected.


2.15 Stella Artois Supporting Bangor-On-Dee Novices' Hurdle (4) 2m7f32y

Timeform Top Rated:
141p 3. UPPERTOWN PRINCE Donald McCain Will Kennedy
140 1. FOLLOW THE BEAR Nicky Henderson Jeremiah McGrath
125 2. SAMUEL JACKSON Richard Mitford-Slade Micheal Nolan

Analyst's Verdict:
Uppertown Prince created a good impression when scoring on his Rules debut over shorter here last month, notably travelling well and winning easily. He looks sure to improve and is fancied to make a bold bid to make it 2-2. Follow The Bear sets the standard on form and comfortably rates the chief threat provided he's over his latest Southwell spill.


2.50 Stella Artois Cidre 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (4) 2m145y

Timeform Top Rated:
135p 2. ARTICLE FIFTY Warren Greatrex Richard Johnson
128 5. DOC CARVER Henry Oliver Jeremiah McGrath
127p 1. FIN AND GAME Donald McCain Brian Hughes

Analyst's Verdict:
Article Fifty probably bumped into a couple of nice sorts when third on his Southwell hurdle debut and is taken to make the most of the weight he receives from previous winner Fin And Game. Doc Carver is the only other one who can be seriously considered on form.


3.20 Stella Artois 4% Handicap Hurdle (4) 2m7f32y

Timeform Top Rated:
115§ 7. AMERICAN LIFE Oliver Greenall Ross Turner (7)
114 11. YOUNG LOU Robin Dickin James Nixon (7)
111 1. LADY MIX Nigel Hawke James Bowen (5)

Analyst's Verdict:
An open heat. American Life has bumped into the thriving Triopas when runner-up on both outings this term and might be up to going one better now. The Draconian strikes as a potential improver now handicapping and market support for him could prove significant, while Lady Mix improved when third on her Doncaster handicap bow and is also interesting under useful claimer James Bowen.


3.55 Budweiser Standard Open National Hunt Flat (5) 2m145y

Analyst's Verdict:
Before Midnight may lack the benefit of experience between the Flags (2 of his rivals have scored in that code) yet he makes plenty of appeal on paper for a yard boasting a 28% strike rate in bumpers so far this term. He gets the nod without the benefit of market clues, with Locker Room Talk and Burns Cross rating his chief dangers.


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