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Da Vinci Hand

An impressive winner on chase debut Kalaharry will take some stopping if arriving here in the same mood, but at a price, Joanne Foster’s 6yo is interesting at what is likely to be a big dividend. He drops down in class after being well-held in a couple of runs since joining the West Yorkshire yard, but hasn’t run without promise, with the form of his recent fifth not looking too shabby. A winner on the flat in Italy and over hurdles in France, the son of Champs Elysee knows where the winning line is and might just turn a corner with a couple of UK runs under his belt now sent chasing in a race that doesn’t look the deepest event in the world.

Zip Pearl

Donald McCain’s pair in this race have to be respected with the trainer’s impressive return with hurdlers at this venue. In the last six season’s backing each of his hurdlers at Bangor would see punters £103.30 up to a £1 stake. However preference is for the handicap debutant Zip Pearl who looks certain to take a step forward now handicapping upped in trip. He finished third at a monster price to Calico last time out. While he was  beaten 24l that rival is rated 140 so there is no shame in that performance, considering Oliver Greenall’s horse lines up here off 93. A half-sibling to two 3m+ winners including the useful Captain Cattistock, this step-up in trip looks sure to suit.


Since taking out a licence in her own name Mel Rowley has shown some nice results with an 18.6% strike-rate not too shabby at all. Things have turned up a notch in May though, with five winners from her 15 representatives. Although her runner in this Maiden Hurdle is a 9yo he’s still unexposed and this contest doesn’t seem the strongest. Fourth on his second hurdling start when enjoying a step-up in trip he was only beaten 5l that day. The winner went on to score handsomely again next time and is now rated 133, so the form looks strong. A repeat of that run will surely improve Rowley’s already impressive May figures.

Oscar Nomination

The stats point towards a big run from Oscar Nomination, partly thanks to his trainer and jockey combination. Gary Hanmer boasts a smart 29% strike-rate over fences at this venue, while today’s jockey Sean Bowen is operating at a 32% winning rate in handicaps in the past fortnight. Their representative today is lightly raced for his age with the 9yo having just 10 outings under rules, but the last of those came when successful over today’s track and trip back in August. While he’s officially 6lb higher in the weights this time around, he was winning from 4lb out of the handicap that day, so the rise isn’t so dramatic. Two other last time out winners take him on here, but nothing in this race is particularly consistent.

About Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse

Boasting the unusual accolade of being the only UK racecourse not to have a grandstand, Bangor-On-Dee stands alone amongst the wider racecourse population. North Wales’ solitary racecourse, racing has taken place on the banks of the Dee for 160 years.

The course has provided an early hunting ground for a number of national hunt legends. Multiple Grand National winners have scored at Bangor, while Gold Cup winning trio Norton's Coin, Mr Mulligan and Denman all tasted success there before their finest hour.

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