PUNTERS who follow form on The Roodee won't be able to back the winners of Chester's two Derby trials at Epsom, but plenty of ammunition came out of the May Festival for big races during the summer.
Bandari could be on the verge of a very profitable 2004 campaign for his supporters after consigning some theories about his ability to the dustbin in the Breitling Watches & Waltons of Chester Huxley Stakes.
The 2002 Derby favourite, who trailed in eighth that day, was supposed to be ineffective over 10 furlongs and in crowded fields.
But he proved that wrong, producing a marvellous turn of foot at The Roodee, and now looks set for the Eclipse over the same distance at San-down Park in July.
The gelding African Dream likes a little bit of softness in the ground, so trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam will have to wait for the right opportunities for the three-year-old that enhanced his reputation when winning the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes. But an appearance in the King Edward VII Stakes - or even the Eclipse - isn't out of the question.
Systematic can be enigmatic and hadn't produced the goods for two years before a scintillating performance in the Betdaq Ormonde Stakes on the final day of the May Festival.
Jockey Kevin Darley was mightily impressed by the five-year-old that is now destined for the Coronation Cup at the Derby meeting.
Meanwhile, further congratulations go to Herefordshire trainer Richard Price. Despite having only 12 horses at his disposal, he followed up Red Lancer's famous win in the MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase, sending out Quedex to win the Erddig Handicap Hurdle at Bangor-on-Dee last Saturday.
The final meeting of Bangor's season is on Tuesday when the first race is due off at 6.20pm. A free bus service runs from Wrexham Railway Station at 4.50pm, returning after racing - train passengers with tickets get priority.
Admission to the Course Enclosure is £6 while the Paddock Enclosure is £13. Accompanied children enter free.
More information is available on www.BangorOnDeeRaces.co.uk or contact the racecourse on 01978 780323.