This is a Class 2 handicap chase over three miles and it has attracted a competitive field.
What A Good Night for Dan Skelton has had his troubles with the larger obstacles in the past having fallen or unseated his rider no less than four times. He was clear of the field and nailed on to win last time out at Stratford, but got it wrong at the last and fell. This is usually the time of year he performs at his best though and if he can produce a clear round of jumping, he has a definite chance of taking this from his current mark. You can get a free £5 bet on every race at Bangor Today, click Here
Cloudy Too is at the top of the handicap and has won better races than this in the past. Whether or not he retains all of that ability remains to be seen as it has been almost two years since he has been seen in the winners enclosure. He has dropped to an attractive mark and he had a blow out over hurdles two weeks ago so should be spot on for this.
Shantou Magic won a couple of small field races at the end of last season and was fifth out of six on his reappearance in this season. That was a pretty good race with Irish Cavalier taking the spoils, but he appears to be high enough in the weights for my liking and there are a few that make more appeal than the Charlie Longsdon runner.
Nigel Twiston-Davies runs Algernon Pazham and last time out he was a credible seventh in the bet365 Gold Cup Chase at Sandown. That race was over five furlongs further and it definitely seemed to stretch his stamina. Back over three miles looks about right for him and he runs from the same mark today so a repeat performance could see him go close here.
Catching On for Jonjo O'Neill was fifth last time out in the Scottish Grand National. He has form over the shorter distance of three miles which he encounters today and the conditions are ideal. He runs from a two pound lower mark compared to at Ayr and has one of the top jockeys in Noel Fehily on board. I expect a really bold showing from him today and when others are tiring he is sure to be running on. As long as he can stay with the pace midway through the race I think he will take control over the final half a mile or so and take the race by the scruff of the neck. This is a decent field he is running against but he is a good bit of value and should definitely run his race.
Bangor-on-Dee 14:00 - Catching On - 1 point each way @ 8/1 (Bet365)