Take A Strong View On Mare At Bangor
McCain Hurdler Ready To Get Hat-Trick With Conditions Ideal
Donald McCain has an enviable record when sending his runners across the country to Bangor with a 49 from 214 return (23%) and he has two in the handicap hurdle there this evening.
THE HERDS GARDEN ran a reasonable race here last time out when beaten just 6L by OUTCROP (up 2lb) after a two month break but it is SEE THE SEA that catches the eye.
With the going soft and some showers forecast, the ability to act on ground with give in will be paramount and the daughter of Born To Sea definitely has that. Partnered today by Brian Hughes, who is himself 21% at the course, she was decent on the Flat with three wins, one on soft ground at Pontefract and has made an excellent start over hurdles, winning novices at Carlisle and here over course and distance just over a fortnight ago.
She beat previous easy winner ILLUSTRISSIME in the latter and comes into a handicap for the first time off a mark of 117 which should prove manageable. She will probably try to make all.
SO LONELY looks her main rival and drops massively in class after finishing only 16th of 20 in a £20,000 handicap hurdle at Galway 19 days ago. She has three wins to her name, though and is up just 4lb for the latest. She might prefer better ground and the progeny of her sire, So You Think are one from 17 on it.
SOLSTALLA has some decent form but on good ground and turns out quickly again after wind surgery and a break of 263 days. At 5/2 with Bet365 and BetVictor, See The Sea makes most appeal.