Friday, May 13, 2011

Notes for Bangor

This evening the going at the north Wales track is described as good but rain is forecast.

In the opener Alan King's 114-rated Dineur was beaten two lengths by 80/1 chance Alta Rock at Market Rasen the last time over a distance of two miles three furlongs.The shorter trip here should help as should the gelding's preference to race up with the pace; Alta Rock has come out and won again since. Donald McCain's Dunowen Point has started favourite on three occasions and disappointed each time - connections have given their charge a break; trainer comments 'he has a great attitude...' [Weekender 13-17.10.10]. Jennie Candlish's course and distance winner Tarn Hows makes more appeal; the stable has had two winners from five runners in the past week - one on the Flat at Warwick and the other over fences at Uttoxeter. Any rain would help Tarn Hows' cause but Dineur looks the safer option.

In the Brookes Bell Novices' Handicap Hurdle at three o'clock J P McManus' Fishoutofwater is likely to go off favourite. I'll oppose with Spirit Of Barbados. Andrew King, West Country correspondent for the Weekender, reports plenty of money for this one the last time at Chepstow - the Sporting Life records eight wagers of £1100-£1000.  The gelding got no further than the first, running out with Rhys Flint before throwing the jock; Richard Johnson takes over tomorrow.

Only five in the novices' chase at 3.35 but it looks trappy enough. Princeful gets the nod; further rain would help.

In the handicap chase Marked Man can be opposed on account of his age while What Of It has been running in hunter chases. Mare Play A Cord is the likely favourite but she faces no easy task giving weight to her opponents. Once upon a time Wake Board was well-regarded but just seven runs for four different trainers since 2008 is disconcerting; it looks as though he was bought out of a seller on his penultimate run. Trevor Hemmings' grey Our Bob has had a wind operation to accompany his training problems. It's a high risk approach but I'll chance Wake Board as a play against the jolly.

In the mares' hurdle Irene Kennet could be considered worthy of each-way interest if priced around 10/1.

The concluding hunters' chase is likely to see last year's winner Ice Tea go off odds-on. Fourty Acers won for David Pipe three weeks ago and on ratings has every chance for current connections but in the past the chestnut gelding has hindered his chance on left-handed tracks by jumping right. He comes here in good order, having won a two runner point very easily in April, and could offer value against Ice Tea.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Wins for Dineur (6/4f) and Wake Board (5/1) but Spirit Of Barbados (9/2) couldn't get near Fishoutofwater (3/10f), beaten 10 lengths into second.

A couple of somewhat unfortunate incidents - Princeful (2/1f) was pulled up when in contention after losing his action while Fourty Acers (11/4) slipped on the bend after the eighth when holding the lead; 1/2f Ice Tea was well-beaten by 9/1 chance Shouldhavehadthat.

16/1 chance Irene Kennet was badly outpaced half a mile from home, eventually finishing fifth.