Our in-form resident tipster fancies a couple of runners at Bangor this afternoon.
It’ll be hard to follow the four-timer at Ayr on Monday – hope you were on? – but this pair of runners at Bangor this afternoon have claims at value prices.
The 2m novices’ hurdle (due off 3.00pm) looks quite competitive with a couple of penalised winners in Great Hall and New Street up against some interesting hurdle newcomers, including bumper winners Two Taff’s and Dashing Oscar, trained by Dan Skelton and Harry Fry respectively. The Alan King runner Precision Five also needs considering after a promising debut third at Newton Abbot.
It will take some winning and the market should prove a good guide, but I’m definitely leaning towards NEW STREET at this stage. He was a decent ten-furlong horse on the flat and signed off under that code with a victory at Haydock in June 2014 off a mark of 79, when trained by Richard Fahey. Now with Jim Best, he won at the first time of asking over hurdles at Stratford in March when beating a decent sort in El Beau under today’s pilot Daryl Jacob.
Connections said post race that they were considering running him next in the valuable four-year-old hurdle at Aintree and, while he didn’t make that gig for a reason unknown, he’s clearly well regarded. It’s interesting to note that he had entries in a couple of races at Wetherby on Saturday, one being a valuable handicap hurdle, so they’re presumably come here instead hoping for easier pickings and his experience will stand him in good stead.
With the stable going well, my eyes were immediately drawn to the Philip Hobbs-trained Geordie Lad in the 2m7f handicap hurdle (4.00pm), and he needs monitoring in the betting (4/1 best currently). However, he does have something to prove after disappointing on his final three starts of last season, and, having checked out the form of his I rivals, I much prefer the chances of BAYLEY’S DREAM.
Paul Webber’s six-year-old is the only one of the market principals to have had a run this term, so he should enjoy a fitness advantage, and he arrives here on the back of a confidence boosting victory at Warwick. According to his trainer, he lost all confidence when falling heavily at Kempton in March and he has only now fully got over it. Webber was also keen to step him up to today’s longer given his pedigree – his dam won a Listed bumper at Sandown – and for that reason there’s every reason to think he can improve again and defy a 6lb rise.