The Mandarin’s Bangor-On-Dee Racecard for Saturday 17th April

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Potter Group Handicap Hurdle (Div 1) 11.25
Dan Gun
With Harry Skelton looking to notch up as many winners as possible in his attempt to secure the National Hunt Jockey’s Title, he could hardly get off to a better start than to be on likely favourite here, Dan Gun. Finding his ground at Stratford last month he was over 3 lengths clear of the field and this drop back in trip will suit. The one to beat

Potter Group Handicap Hurdle (Div 2) 11.55
Sam England’s seven year old has been running well over the all-weather during the winter and has taken that form forward with three good runs over timber. This is his third race in a week but he’s going the right way and has Tom Midgley’s useful claim to offset the top weight

Maelor Handicap Chase 12.25
Tierra Verde
A chance is taken on Emma Lavelle’s unexposed mare who has made just two starts over fences. Just collared on the line at Taunton last month, she can make amends here with Thomas Bellamy in charge up top

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Proactive Personnel Novices’ Handicap Chase 12.55
Counteract (nap)
Sue Smith’s six year old can make it three from three over fences here, and gets to line up without a penalty for his latest win at Plumpton. The good ground should be just what he wants, and dropped in grade he’s hard to oppose

Darlands Novices’ Handicap Chase 1.25
Dog Of War
Another fascinating clash between the two title chasers in the jockeys’ championship as Harry Skelton lines up against Brian Hughes for the fourth time on this card. Dog Of War gets the vote for the in-form Skelton team in what could be his better discipline over fences

Horseradish Maiden Hurdle 1.55
Another Skelton inmate gets the nod here, holding the highest rating here he should be thereabouts but needs to find more for pressure than he has shown so far. The faster surface here may well help and Harry Skelton can add to his season’s tally to put him in prime position for the Jockeys’ Championship

Bryn Y Pys Standard NH Flat Race 2.25
Dragoon Springs
He showed enough on the all-weather at Lingfield to suggest he’ll break his maiden tag sooner or later when battling all the way to the line. Ran a little keen with a high head carriage in that last outing but if he can settle better shouldn’t be far away

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Tri Equestrian Gladness Stakes 2.35
Speak In Colours
Top class servant for Joseph Patrick O’Brien and arrives here after a run in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan. This is a far easier task and he’s sure to be thereabouts, solid each way claims

Holden Plant Rentals Alleged Stakes 3.10
Broome (nb)
As good as ever in the Devoy Stakes at Naas last month he has to be hot favourite to go in again. Record breaking trainer Aidan O’Brien has got his string in fine order and with race fitness assured, this can go to Broome

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