17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

This is quite competitive but BEMPTON CLIFFS (best price 7/2) has taken very well to fences, who jumped very well from the front en route to scoring easily on his penultimate start before following up at Warwick in good style when beating a subsequent winner, and should take some stopping if in a similar mood here. 

Given the runner-up from that race, Ragamuffin, defied a mark of 112 since, this seven-year-old remains well treated off 102. He has been well beaten on both previous visits to this course over hurdles but he’s clearly a much better chaser despite not being bred for it and therefore has a great chance of completing the hat-trick with loads more to come.

Bempton Cliffs - 1pt @ 7/2

18:50 Windsor

If there is one horse who deserves to get his head back in front, it’s the consistent TREACHEROUS (best price 7/2), who’s win-strike-rate doesn’t vindicate the performances he’s posted in defeat. The eight-year-old has gone close numerous times at this course, which includes a second off a mark of 86 around this time last year and two placed efforts here this year against higher-rated opponents. 

He was unlucky here back in June in a class three, where he had to come wide round the field and was narrowly beaten into third a blanket finish against two much higher rated opponents than those he tackles today. His latest fourth here was another good effort, where he made good headway inside the final furlong and took fourth of 16 in that class two event. Off a pound lower mark dropped down a couple of grades from a decent draw in stall seven, he should have too much class for these. 

Treacherous - 1pt @ 7/2

19:10 Bangor-on-Dee

The Dianne Sayer-trained CHARLIE UBERALLES (best price 11/10) showed a lot of promise when runner-up in his first two starts over hurdles and having gone close in the second of those when beaten just half-a-length, this unexposed six-year-old duly obliged on handicap/chase debut at Perth, jumping boldly from the front to beat the 138-rated Hereditary Rule. 

He comfortably holds Shetland Bus on a line through the runner-up and he wasn’t disgraced back over hurdles last-time-out when fourth at Cartmel. That run was likely to have been used as a prep-run with a view to returning to fences, so the top-weight is confidently selected to go from the front again here and make it two-from-two over fences at the main expense of Aviewtosea. 

Charlie Uberalles - 2pts @ 11/10

19:40 Bangor-on-Dee

The Evan Williams-trained STATE CROWN (NAP) (best price 9/1), who’s generally competed in better races than this over hurdles, resumed winning ways in his penultimate start under a positive ride and whilst all of his best form has been at Newton Abbot (all three wins at the venue), he can prove to most that he can deliver the goods elsewhere at this course which often suits those who are up with the pace. 

He found the step up in distance too far when third last time at the same course but back down in trip off the same mark with Lewis Gordon taking off a valuable seven-pounds, Evan Williams’ charge could be tough to pass on the front-end, as he technically competes in this race off a three-pounds lower mark than when winning his penultimate race. He won by ten lengths in a class-three event last year, so there is a lot to like about his chances off this handy mark, and he should go well here. 

State Crown - 1pt e/w @ 9/1