National Hunt racing edges closer back into public view as we creep towards the end of the Flat season. Racing today takes place at Ayr, Bangor, Cork, Sedgefield, Punchestown and Wolverhampton.
Bangor’s card begins with a two-runner chase but thankfully for punters the card looks more attractive as the afternoon goes on. The clash between Finisk River and Fugitives Drift catches my eye. Nicky Henderson’s horse has the same rating and is in receipt of weight from Donald McCain’s recent winner. Fugitives Drift looks to have a cracking chance of scoring another win for the in-form yard. The Yeats gelding looks versatile on the ground and has run in some fair company previously. As long as he can see off Finisk River, I think he will score his second win of his career.
It is very had to pick holes in the favourite Beacon Edge for this hurdle race run just over the two mile trip. The 6 year old by Doyen has run 3 nice races over hurdles with a win here last October over the trip. Since that win, he was out again twice more, finishing 2nd in a grade 2 novice hurdle behind Jason The Militant, and then 2nd in a listed race where he was just headed by Cedarwood. The Meade stable seems to be going okay, with two recent winners on the flat. I think that Beacon Edge can give them another one here.