By Brian Hughes
I’m at Bangor today, hoping to start off December well.
Mr McGo, winner of a point and two hurdles, makes his chasing debut following a break of 602 days.
He may need the race and those with more recent outings probably hold an advantage.
Tommy Rapper could be the pick.
Mr Monochrome a bumper and hurdle winner for me hasn’t shown much in two chase runs, finishing seventh of nine on his latest at Cartmel in October.
My horse has changed stables and hopefully, this sparks some improvement.
Broughtons Rhythm placed in a couple of chases looks the danger in an open looking affair.
This horse successful in four under rules, put in a decent run at Wetherby 14 days ago finishing fourth beaten 15 lengths. He should improve and runs off a good mark. It is my first time on board and I feel he has an e.w chance up in trip.
One Forty Seven looks the one to beat.
Shantuluze is a winner of a bumper and a hurdle for me, including the last outing at the track in October when finishing 11 lengths clear. This was his first hurdles run and with a natural improvement, I would expect him to put in a big performance today.
Flash Of Steel finished second 17 days ago and in receipt of seven pounds will be the main rival.
Pogue, an expensive Irish Point winner, makes his hurdling debut on his first run for the McCain stable, successful in the race last year. He is a nice type and we are looking forward to running him.
Finawn Bawn and Diva Reconce are likely to be the main threats.
Gaelik Coast, successful in an Irish Point, makes his rules debut in the concluding bumper. He is one of the nicer young horses in the yard and is going well at home. He won’t mind the soft ground and should run well.
The more experienced Shut The Box placed in two bumpers looks the main challenger.