1.45pm Bangor tips for Wednesday’s Class 2 race. A field of eight go to post for this highly competitive Class 2 Handicap Chase at Bangor on Wednesday. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: The selection here is Lucy Wadham’s POTTERS LEGEND, who was fourth in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival off one pound higher. He ran a good race of his reappearance at Chepstow last month and with conditions to suit, he shouldn’t be for catching as he should build on that reappearance massively. The main danger is Battle Of Shiloh, who remains with potential after only six runs under rules.
1 BIGBADJOHN – Won a Grade 2 at Ascot last season before returning at Chepstow in October to unseat his rider early on in the contest. He bolted to the start at Ascot when last seen and that adds further question marks. Big player at his best but it’s hard to know where he is at present.
2 BATTLE OF SHILOH – Lightly raced eight year old for Tom George who has won two of his four chasing starts, stretch by the trip when 14th in the Scottish Grand National. He remains with potential after so few runs and he has conditions to suit, so a big run is on the cards.
3 DUSKY LARK – Stepped up to the three mile distance on his latest start to finish fourth at Ludlow, well held and fading close home after leading for a lot of the way. That raises doubt about his stamina and he couldn’t be recommended on that evidence.
4 ACTINPIECES – The only mare in the field who shrugged off a fall two starts ago to return with a win at Fakenham in October, winning a handicap easily. She’s only five pounds higher here which is lenient and she goes on softer ground, so she’s unlikely to be far away here.
5 POTTERS LEGEND – Finished fourth in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival in March, returning this season with a respectable effort at Chepstow. He’s entitled to come on for that and this should provide an ample stamina test for him. He’s one pound lower than his Cheltenham mark and shouldn’t be for catching here.
6 MINELLACELEBRATION – Best of his efforts have come on better ground, though he has won on softer ground in the past. Nevertheless, he was poor on his latest start at Cheltenham and needs to leave that behind here. He is well treated at his best, but others are preferred on balance.
7 STRAIDNAHANNA – Hasn’t been the most consistent of performers for Sue Smith, whose string is solidly out of form at present. He was tailed off on his return over an inadequate trip and judging by last season, this won’t be enough of a stamina test either. Best left alone until he goes back over the marathon trips.
8 SIR MANGAN – Hasn’t been seen over fences since April 2015, where he was second in a small runner field off much lower. He now returns to chasing on the back of a good seasonal debut at Newton Abbot, so couldn’t be ruled out with any confidence.