As the rain continues to fall around the country Alan Thompson thinks he has two interesting runners at Bangor…
Conditions won't be a problem for Chti Balko
14:55 Bangor – Chti Balko
Chti Balko looks of interest here, his last two wins have come on absolutely bottomless ground at Haydock and he is now 15lb better off than he was December last year. His last start at Ffos Las is likely to have blown away the cobwebs for Donald McCain‘s seven-year-old after a 224 day break following wind surgery and he looks handicapped to win again soon. The only concern is the trip as he is yet to win beyond two miles but in the past when he has gone further five of his six runs were off marks in the mid to high 140's. On this ground, off this mark in a tough Class 2 handicap, I think he is worth taking a chance with.
The favourite is going to be the last time out winner The Wolf for Olly Murphy, the well bred five-year-old got off the mark at the first attempt for his new yard when running out an easy 17 length winner at Fakenham last month. However, this is significantly tougher, and the concern is that he has to prove his suitability for these conditions. He could well be a very decent type but at these odds and the uncertainty of the ground I'm happy to oppose him.
Commodore goes well fresh and can land a hat-trick
13:50 Bangor – Commodore
Venetia Williams' striking grey seven-year-old Commodore is bidding for a hat-trick of wins albeit eight months after his last win at Sandown over three miles on soft ground. Prior to that, he won at Warwick again over three miles in testing conditions, and that was after a 249 day break following a wind operation. The Williams team are in good form and I suspect the gelding will go well after another long break, a repeat of the jumping performances he displayed on those last two starts would see him hard to beat here despite being raised 13lbs after that latest success.
If I was looking for one to fill the places it would be Arthurs Gift ahead of I just Know, the former is from the in form Nigel Twiston-Davies yard and justified favouritism to score at Carlisle in February but then finished pulled up in the Midlands Grand National afterwards. He is entitled to strip fitter with last month's comeback run now under his belt, where he finished fifth of eight after again being sent off favourite. He will need to improve again if he is to defy his current mark and I don't see him getting the better of Commodore today.
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