Bangor Tips and Racecourse Guide
Race Sharp provides free tips for every meeting at Bangor throughout the National Hunt season.
Bangor is unique, being the only racecourse in the UK without a grandstand. A beautiful course that has staged racing for over 150 years, the left-handed circuit provides a good test for novices and is well-used by some of the UK’s leading National Hunt trainers.
Racing takes place throughout the year, with racing during 11 out of 12 months. However, the best of the action is over the winter, the feature race being the Listed Novice Chase for mares that is run every November.
It is one of three racecourses in Wales and the only one in North Wales, with the other two being Chepstow and Ffos Las.
Graeme McPherson is often a trainer to follow when sending horses to Southwell and Getthepot makes plenty of appeal on handicap debut today.
I thought he shaped with promise on his bumper debut/return from 10 months off at Bangor in October and there was promise to be taken from each of his three qualifying runs in novice company. There were winners around him in a couple of those races and he kept going in tough conditions at Sandown Park last time over two miles.
By Getaway, it would be no surprise to see him improve for some better ground and the step up in trip after two runs at the minimum is a definite plus. A fifth foal, all three siblings to have run are winners, which is another positive for this six year old, who goes handicapping off just 93.
This looks a pretty weak handicap for the grade and it’s worth noting his yard’s record here, with nine winners from 46 runners over hurdles in the past five seasons, and a further 15 finishing second or third. Getthepot looks one of the only potential improvers in the field and is worth chancing.
3.03pm Southwell – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Getthepot @ 9-1 4 places (Skybet, Paddy Power, William Hill, Betvictor, Unibet, Betfred)
Bangor Top Trainers (2020/21)
1. Jonjo O’Neill (pictured) 6 winners (35%)
1. Nigel Twiston-Davies 6 winners (35%)
3. Donald McCain 6 winners (12%)
4. Fergal O’Brien 5 winners (33%)
5. Olly Murphy 4 winners (19%)
Bangor Top Jockeys (2020/21)
1. Sam Twiston-Davies 6 winners (26%)
2. Brian Hughes 6 winners (17%)
3. Paddy Brennan 5 winners (29%)
4. Jonjo O’Neill Jnr 5 winners (28%)
5. Kielan Woods 4 winners (36%)
How to get there
A taxi from Wrexham station to the racecourse takes around 20 minutes and costs £25-30.
There are regular train services into Wrexham station, taking an hour and a half from Birmingham and just under three hours from London. There is a complimentary shuttle bus service on racedays, which takes roughly 25 minutes.
Liverpool Airport and Manchester Airport are both within an hour of the racecourse. A taxi costs around £80.
Bangor Top Races
November – Listed Mares’ Novice Chase