CELTIC day is the theme at Bangor-on-Dee racecourse tomorrow afternoon as the meeting follows on the heels of the Cheltenham festival.
Strong Flow is selected to win the prestigious Gold Cup this afternoon.
The feature race on the Bangor card is the Erbistock Novices' Chase run over a distance of two-miles one-and-a-half furlongs. Tunes of Glory, trained by Ginger McCain at Cholmondeley, will appreciate a sounder surface than he encountered at Wetherby in January.
A second locally-trained horse, Brown Teddy from Richard Ford's yard, gave weight and finished nine lengths in front of the McCain horse in that race. Brown Teddy subsequently finished second at Huntingdon earlier this month when making two jumping mistakes. The gelding is a consistent type and should again finish in the frame.
The meeting begins at 2.20pm with the Geoff Dilsworth 65th Birthday Juvenile Novices' Hurdle race. Taranis was a beaten favourite last time out at Hereford and better ground may enable the gelding to reproduce his winning form.
Coming Again will find this an easier task than when finishing in mid-division at Musselburgh in February. The Rainbow Quest gelding had previously finished second at Catterick and merits place claims for the McCain yard.
Space Star carried joint top-weight to victory at Taunton two weeks ago over the same trip as the two-miles one-furlong Overton Handicap Hurdle. The five-year-old is selected to record a double with the dangers being Shady Anne and Young Patriarch.
Form horse in the bangor-on-deeraces.co.uk Handicap Chase is Schuh Shine who has notched up three successive wins. The progressive grey has been placed over a trip of three miles so have proven stamina and is selected to score again here.
Tarporley trainer Alan Bailey is better known as a flat trainer but holds a five-day entry with Prince Of The Wood in the Celtic Raceday Handicap Hurdle. The five-year-old did not act on the soft ground he encountered at Ludlow in January when he was pulled up.
Just In Debt, who finished second in the totesport Becher Chase at Aintree in November, was pulled up when reappearing at Ayr last weekend. The gelding holds an entry in the John Smith's Grand National next month and his trainer Martin Todhunter will be keen to get a run into his charge and is expected to fare better here.
Racing comes to a close with the Bangor & Mash Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. A Few Kind Words cost 120,000 Euros and finished in second place, six lengths adrift of the winner at Uttoxeter last month. Sure to improve for the outing, the gelding is one for the shortlist today.
Promise To Be Good was a beaten favourite in a similar event last time out and this may be a less competitive event today.