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Countryside pride on show

BANGOR-ON-DEE racecourse presents Countryside Day tomorrow afternoon where a host of rural attractions support the seven-race card that comes under starter's orders at 2.05pm with a Mares Only Claiming Hurdle run over two miles and one furlong.

BANGOR-ON-DEE racecourse presents Countryside Day tomorrow afternoon where a host of rural attractions support the seven-race card that comes under starter's orders at 2.05pm with a Mares Only Claiming Hurdle run over two miles and one furlong.

Proprioception is trained by the in-form Alan King and justified favouritism in a similar event at Southwell to record a successful handicap debut. Subsequently second over a longer trip at Hereford, she warrants support here.

Locally trained by Richard Ford, Parisienne Gale was unable to give weight away to two fancied runners when finishing third at Taunton in November.

The mare unseated her rider at Market Rasen last time out over fences and will be looking to make amends here when back over smaller obstacles. With better ground than when finishing fourth at Ayr, Vocative may be the danger.

The Tommy's Darts Beginners Chase provides an opportunity for Dickensbury Lad to go one closer than his string of second places.

The six-year-old was only beaten by half a length at Ludlow last month over a similar three-mile trip - a sound jumper with proven stamina if he is selected.

Monteforte appears to suffer from breathing problems and jumped left-handed on his chasing debut leaving Trisons Star as next best.

No Visibility was in command a long way from home when recording a 29-length success at Wincanton two weeks ago. The trip of two-miles five-furlongs and the ground should be ideal in the bangorondeeraces.co.uk Handicap Chase for the Robert Alner trained gelding to notch up a quick double.

Amberleigh House was entered for the Tommy Shone Handicap Hurdle but the 2004 Aintree Grand National hero ran at Hereford on Monday to put him spot on for the second week in April when his undoubted stamina will come into play.

Trainer Ginger McCain may enjoy success here with Cloudy Lane. The six-year-old already has three wins to his name this season, the latest when scoring by two-and-a-half lengths at Haydock Park last month. This is a competitive looking race at the five-day stage but the local horse has the ability to notch up another victory here.

In the Tommy Darts Handicap Chase, Sargasso Sea is nominated to record a second win this month. The gelding made all to win a maiden chase at Leicester by 21 lengths following a frustrating period since winning a bumper three years ago.

There is a total of 55 entries in the Lesley Courtney Memorial Novices Hurdle Race final declarations today, which will enable punters to make more accurate selections. Racing closes with the Berwyn Hills Maiden National Hunt Flat Race for conditional jockeys and amateur riders. nThe popular point-to-point fixture staged at Alpraham has attracted 151 entries and takes place on Sunday.

Area champion No Retreat is among the 17 horses making up the entries for the Volkswagen Touareg Men's Open, the feature event on the card. Racing begins at 2pm and admission is £20 per vehicle including all occupants.

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