Bangor is hosting an excellent card on Wednesday, all live on Sky Sports Racing, where Declan Rix previews the opening meeting.
There are a range of competitive and quality competitions on offer on the Welsh course, including a registered beginner’s hunt for fillies and mares (1.25).
It’s the opening race, the Class Three Weatherbys nhstallions.nl Handicap Chase (12.50) however, where we are going for the Race of the Day.
Twelve declared runners to deal with, but maybe five or six horses who like to race prominently and get things done. We’ll have a well-run race around this sharp track, with an emphasis on the ability to travel and jump.
Knight in Dubai
A lightly played nine-year-old who may not have been the easiest to train throughout his career, but well above average at best, and with an official mark of 130, has been given a chance by the handicapper. Has gone well fresh in the past and represents a very good in shape team.
Winner of this race last year with a lower score of 12 pounds, and will win two more races later in the season for connections. He is a likeable and well-bred species, but has formed once or twice in the form of a thorough stayer. Last race easily forgiven in what was a far too sharp test.
Three pieces of form last season at Chepstow, Newbury and Ludlow, leaving him severely handicapped at 123, but his two runs this season were well below that level. However, it looked like he was taken off his feet on decent ground in Worcester last time, so this slower surface and the step-up in the journey could help a lot.
THE BEST OF THE REST
Crack Du Ninian had a great start to his season over hurdles in Carlisle 20 days, which will probably put him in a good spot for this. He can jump well and is respected from the bottom of the weights. Former Irish point-to-point recruit Garincha looks well worth going over fences on physique this season. He does look like a real mud lark though, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he gets off the ground unless he can handle bigger obstacles well.
Christian Williams has yet to start this season and his topweight Five Star Getaway may find this test sharp enough. Duc De Beauchene’s jumping will be scrutinized during this likely fast test.
A race likely to be run with a good clip on a sharp track means that class and speed are likely to come out, even on soft ground I hope. There are a few horses here that could potentially find this test to take them out of their comfort zone early.
KNIGHT IN DUBAIA however, is a horse that will travel through his race with ease, especially if he falls in class. With various forms of form seeing him go good fresh, the Skelton team in good shape and the handicapper dropping him 18lbs in three runs, I hope he can keep his undefeated record (1-1) over this course and distance. can keep.
If Not Available can be in the beginning and middle of this race, then the odds around 14/1 are too expensive for him as it carries risks.