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15:30 Bangor-on-Dee 

There are just the six runners in this two mile one furlong handicap chase, but there is a large difference in ratings between top and bottom.

Gee Hi has had a couple of chases and finished second on the first of them in July. He was well beaten on his last start at Southwell and steps back down in distance today. Both of his chases were over two miles and seven furlongs so it is quite a drop in distance here, however he won a bumper and a hurdles race over this distance a few years ago.

Keychain has been really consistent without being able to get his nose in front since September last year. That is a run of ten races and because he has been placed in a lot of those races he handicap mark has not dropped a great deal. He was third last time out at Huntingdon in this class and it is hard to see him being good enough to take this.

Red Whisper is the elderly statesman of the field at eleven years old and he hasn't been in great form over the summer. He has won over this distance in the past over hurdles together with a two mile chase win in May at Towcester, but as this is a step up in class from anything he has run in recently, it's hard to see him being good enough to make the frame.

Chankillo won last time out over two furlongs further than this trip at Market Rasen but has some form at this distance. The second placed horse in that race has gone on and won twice since so he will be hard to stop here today. I think he will look to be very handy from the off and make this a stiff test so he can use his proven stamina at the business of the race where I can see him running away with it.

 

Capital One Cup

Stoke host a struggling Chelsea side tonight that could really do with a win to ease the pressure on Jose Mourinho. As they have a massive match at home to Liverpool on Sunday we can expect Chelsea to make changes for this which could give Stoke a good chance if they play a full strength team.

Arsenal travel to Hillsborough to play Sheffield Wednesday and even though they are likely to make several changes, they should have for too much for the league one outfit. Players like Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini and Arteta are all likely to come in as they didn't start at the weekend so they will still have a pretty strong eleven out.

In the other two matches this evening Everton host Norwich and Championship side Hull are at home to high flying Leicester. Both of these games are tough to call because of the changes that are likely to be made but I think Everton and Leicester will progress.

 

Today's Selections

15:30 Bangor-on-Dee Chankillo - 1 point @ 2/1 (Betvictor, Ladbrokes, William Hill)

Capital One Cup Acca - Everton, Leicester, Stoke & Arsenal - 1 point @ 21.87 (Paddy Power)

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