With gloomy skies clearing just before the off, racegoers of all ages descended on Bangor-on-Dee on Saturday 1 December to enjoy an afternoon of national hunt racing action. Almost 2400 passed through the gates of our North Wales track, an attendance figure 30% up on last years’.
A shock winner kicked off the day in the Starsports.bet Beginners Chase, as 50/1 shot Jerrysback landed the opener. It appeared it was going to be a two-horse challenge with Mulcahys Hill and Euxton Lane battling it out for most of the contest. However, when the Oliver Sherwood trained favourite took a tumble at the last, Mulcahys Hill seemed to be left clear, until Richie McLernon and the Philip Hobbs trained gelding joined the party in the remaining 100 yards.
Vengeur De Guye was ridden clear by seven-pound claimer Thomas Willmott in The Corbetts Malpas Horse Feed Supplies Handicap Steeple Chase, for Kinross based trainer Lucinda Russell. Long-time leader Drops of Jupitor weakened quickly and another Oliver Sherwood trained favourite was denied success, being left a distant 28 lengths behind.
Wandrin Star is well on his way to becoming a Bangor-on-Dee specialist as he was steered to an easy success by Mikey Hamill in the Barringtons Cleaning Ltd Handicap Chase. Recording a 16-length victory to Fleminporth, it was déjà vu for the Kim Bailey team as the 7-year-old won in similar style by 22 lengths at the course back in October.
It wouldn’t be a day’s racing at Bangor-on-Dee without a Donald McCain winner. The course’s top trainer teamed up with top jockey Brian Hughes as they took the spoils in The DU Construction National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle with favourite Shantaluze. The ultra-consistent son of Shantou recorded his third victory from four runs for Cholmondeley based McCain and looks a promising sort for the future.
Trainer Olly Murphy was triple handed in The Stanley Roberts Chester Ltd 50th Anniversary Novices’ Hurdle. Finawn Bawn landed the 2-mile 3-furlong contest by 9 lengths for the young, up and coming trainer. Despite a mistake 3 out, the progressive 5-year-old produced a blemish free round under Fergus Gregory.
The Yorton Stud Conditional Jockeys’ Mares’ Handicap Hurdle saw 5/2 favourite Solstice Twilight brushed aside by John Groucott trained The Toojumpa. Despite failing to be competitive in her previous start the mare managed to provide a comeback success for young jockey Tom Humphries after a spell on the side-lines due to injury.
The finale saw another winner at big odds in Move Above. The Alistair Ralph trained gelding virtually made all under Lee Edwards, managing to stay in front of the £110,000 Donald McCain recruit who stayed on within the final furlong.
Our final fixture of the year at Bangor-on-Dee is the Christmas Meeting on Friday 14 December. The day will certainly put you in the Christmas spirit; warming mulled wine and mince pies will be on sale, as well as a festive freebie racecard giveaway!
Advanced ticket prices start from just £7.
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