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Rea Valley Tractors Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
2.50pm Bangor tips for Wednesday’s Class 2 race. One of the feature races of the day at Bangor, this Class 2 Handicap Hurdle is an extremely completed affair. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Both Dashing Oscar and Cool Sky arrive here on the back of last time out victories and have to be respected but this can go to Evan Williams’ BUYWISE. He hasn’t won for a while but his current mark sees him hugely well treated on the best of his form, last seen finishing a very creditable fourth in the Ultima Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival. He’s two pounds lower here and has Mitchell Bastyan taking off a further five pounds, so he shouldn’t be for catching.
1 MIDNIGHT TOUR – Showed progressive form last season for Alan King, winning a Cheltenham Handicap by a wide margin after travelling much the best throughout. She’s now twelve pounds higher but the best is yet to come and she won’t be far away here under Wayne Hutchinson.
2 DASHING OSCAR – Lightly raced seven year old for the in form Harry Fry yard who won her seasonal debut at Fontwell last month, making all after having things all her own way. She is unlikely to have that luxury here but there should be more to come from her and she’s respected.
3 LEONCAVALLO – Looked useful earlier in his career but badly lost his way in late 2016, well beaten at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals to cap off last season. He’s now down to a very attractive mark but a leap of faith is required despite this drop in class.
4 BUYWISE – Ten year old for Evan Williams who is now down to a very interesting mark, last seen finising a good fourth at the Cheltenham Festival in a Grade 3. He returns to hurdling off a twelve pound lower mark than his Cheltenham one and he shouldn’t be for catching under the promising Micthell Bastyan.
5 CLONDAW KAEMPFER – Useful hurdler on his day who wasn’t disgraced when seventh in a competitive handicap at the Aintree Festival off today’s mark. He was well-held on his seasonal reappearance but should have come on for that and is considered for each way claims.
6 BOBO MAC – Only three runs thus far for Tom Symonds since joining from Ireland, returning this season with a disappointing run at Aintree. More is needed here and although he still remains with potential, others are preferred.
7 MISTER FIZZ – Hasn’t won now since August 2015 and although that came off fifteen pounds higher, he’s badly lost his way for the most part in 2017. He was well beaten on the flat last month, failing to build on a respectable run over hurdles and he can only be watched again.
8 MIZEN MASTER – Won on stable debut for Olly Murphy and then followed up two starts later, though off his new mark of late he’s struggled to land a glove. He was well held at Cheltenham in October and off only two pounds lower, he is set to miss out here.
9 COOL SKY – Useful dual purpose horse for the man of the moment Ian Williams, knuckling down to win a four runner handicap at Uttoxeter in September. He’s now two pounds higher in a tougher race, but there may well be more to come and he’s an each way contender.
10 LOVERBOY – Ran some useful races out in France before joining Dan Skelton, finishing third at Fontwell on his British debut behind Dashing Oscar. That was after a huge absence and he’s entitled to have come on markedly for that, remaining on the same mark here. He’s an obvious contender with conditions to suit.