11 go to post for the second race of the day at Bangor, an interesting looking juvenile hurdle. See our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: This can go to NIGHT OF SIN, who showed promise on hurdling debut when fourth in a deeper looking race than this and the hood back fired on his latest start at Kempton. Likely to show more today and if running to a level similar of his debut he should be very competitive in a race like this with Lizzie Kelly taking off a useful 5lb. His likely main danger is Timoteo who has his sights lowered once again after running well in handicap company on his latest start.
1 BOB’S BOY – Modest on the flat but made a decent enough hurdling debut at Wetherby for Warren Greatrex when third, looking one paced towards the finish (2m, Good to Soft). Likely to improve for that outing and this softer ground should be of help so needs a second look, but others are more interesting for win purposes.
2 CRY WOLF – Useful on the flat in the context of this race but was 14 lengths behind Dinsdale on hurdling debut at Wetherby in December (2m, Good to Soft). Likely to have learned from that experience but hard to see him reversing form with that rival and others look more likely for placings, so probably best watched today.
3 DINSDALE – Twice raced over timber and improved marginally on his first run to finish second at Wetherby in December, ahead of Cry Wolf (2m, Good to Soft). Producing a similar effort will put him right into the picture but in all likelihood he does need to improve further if he’s to win today. Needs to prove he’s progressive but has place claims nonetheless, with conditions to suit.
4 FORCE OF FORCES – Was in the process of posting a good effort on hurdling debut until falling at the final fence when still in contention, a very good hurdling debut nonetheless for Venetia Williams. This E37,000 purchase is likely to improve markedly for the experience as he showed promise on that run. Has to be respected with conditions to suit and likely to go very well.
5 NIGHT OF SIN – Showed debut promise when fourth at Market Rasen in a much more competitive race than this, not far behind Nachi Falls or Cliffs Of Dover (2m, Good). Hood clearly didn’t have the desired effect when tailing off at Kempton last time out (2m, Good) and likely to fare much better today, with Lizzie Kelly claiming 5lb. Will be in the mix and if performing at a similar level to his debut could be hard to beat and has to be respected.
6 OCHOS RIOS – Showed little on hurdling debut in September (2m 1f, Good) and pulled much too hard when second at Ffos Las, though he had little chance against the smart Defi Du Seuil (1m 7f, Good). Softer ground raises a question mark and needs more if he’s to feature today, but Neil Mullholland and Noel Fehily are in super form and would have place claims if stepping up again today.
7 PENSION MADNESS – Modest on the flat with Mark Usher and hasn’t shown a great deal over hurdles, though his latest (and third) effort over hurdles when third at Newbury wasn’t a bad effort (2m, Good). Others likely to be more progressive and will need to find something extra if he’s to take this, though the softer conditions are likely to suit. Place claims at the most but vulnerable for win purposes.
8 RONALDJAMESSACH – Showed nothing of note on the all weather and was behind from a very earlier stage when tailed off at Cartmel in August (2m 1f, Good to Soft). Has changed hands to Johnny Farrelly since but makes no appeal today after what he’s shown thus far, and is best watched.
9 STATUS QUO – Won a maiden over 7f at Wolverhampton on the flat and was bought for 30,000gns, making his hurdling debut today for the inform Harry Fry team (6-16 in the past two weeks). Best flat form certainly brings him into the equation and if jumping well is likely to run well, as his stamina is all but assured after his last flat run over two miles at Musselburgh. Has to be respected and likely to be competitive.
10 TIMOTEO – Showed good ability in France when with De Lageneste and has been set two stiff tasks since joining Alan King, not disgraced on his latest start in handicap company when fifth at Leicester (1m 7f, Good to Soft). Has his sights lowered again for today and likely to run well at this level and should be very competitive for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson. Has to be respected as a main danger with conditions to suit.
11 DESERT TANGO – Won off a basement mark of 47 at Chepstow on the flat at the 1m 2f trip in the past and makes her hurdling debut today. Likely to struggle today as her best flat form is nowhere near the standard of some of these in the race and best watched.