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Yesterday was a disappointing day, but not one for poor runners. I feel like Raving Bonkers was going to play a big part in his race, as he was slowly creeping through the field and the jockey looked happy on him until he fell. Frau Georgia travelled very well through her race as well, but probably bumped into a well handicapped horse. Also, she was inconvenienced by her noseband which covered her eyes in the final parts of the race, and she somehow managed to jump the final fence with no vision.
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Racehorses are incredible! 😲
Watch as Frau Georgia jumps a fence despite an errant noseband…. pic.twitter.com/PTg4ZtegId
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) September 28, 2021
This is a chase race where only a couple should be competing for the win, unless one of the chase debutantes brings a better level of form now they are over fences.
RICHIE VALENTINE still looks feasibly treated off a mark of 85. He beat First Revolution at this track in the middle of August, and I find it extremely difficult to see how the latter horse can reverse the form, as they are both weighted for the same outcome to happen (9lb difference in the weight on both occasions). Richie then went to Uttoxeter, and was definitely travelling very well through the race, where only the eventual winner and himself looked like the only potential winners, as the rest of the field were cooked a long way from home. It was unfortunate that the horse ran out of the track and unshipped the rider. It's hard to say whether he would've won or not, but he definitely had a lot more to give for that race, and for that reason I think he deserves another shot, as I do believe he is still well-handicapped enough to rack up at least another win.
There is some interesting horses in this race, but they are either completely out of form and need to show something different, like Lost In Montmartre, who also carries a heavy weight, or they are making their chase debuts, whilst also carrying heavy weights. Robin Des Theatre, Val Mome & Raven Court fall into the latter category, and will have to be on point to beat a horse who is thriving over fences, looks well handicapped and also runs off 10st 2lbs when you take off Chris Ward's 5lb claim.
ZAFAR received a lot of stick last time on the back of his hard fought win at short odds of 2/5, and had a lot of favourite backers and muggy accas sweating. I agree that it wasn't his best run to date, but to say it was a poor run might be a little harsh. If you've watched this horse before, he takes a while to get into top gear, hence why his record over hurdles for Donald McCain read:
1st – Won by a neck
2nd – Lost by 3/4 Lengths, was running on strongly
1st – Won by 1/2 Length
Also, Abbie McCain went for a teasing run up the rail, but was blocked off, which meant his momentum was drastically reduced and he had to build it up again. Despite being blocked, he picked up again in nice fashion and put the race to bed easier than the final margins would suggest. If he had a clear run, he would've won that by 4-5 lengths, or even maybe more.
Based on his starts for Donald McCain, this step up in trip looks ideal. Like I previously mentioned, he can take a little while to get going over this trip, but he sees it out extremely well. This extra 2f he faces will help him massively as he appears to have the stamina over shorter to run well at this trip.
Donald McCain loves a win at Bangor, with it being his local track. His record at this track is very good, especially with his hurdlers. In the last five years he has had 44 winners from 185 runners, which is a 24% SR and equals a profit of +49.95 to level £1 stakes.
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