SUMMER sunshine swelled the crowd at Bangor-on-Dee last Saturday to 5,835 - the best for some time - reflecting the attraction and success of the recent improvements and new Paddock Restaurant at the rural racecourse.

Action began with the David Manning Associates Novices' Handicap Steeplechase. The field was quickly strung out in the two-and-ahalf-mile event. Three fences from home, 12-1 shot Raise A McGregor galloped clear to win unopposed by 12 lengths from the Lisa Williamson-trained Lost In Normandy.

Jockey Tom Scudamore sent Downtherefordancin smartly to the head of the field in the Argoed Juvenile Novices' Hurdle and the partnership looked to have victory in sight when blundering at the last, and Scudamore was unseated.

Always tracking the leader, Inglewood, sent off at 13-2 and ridden by Richard Johnson, took advantage of the mistake to score by 16 lengths. Second horse home was Blazeaway.

Favourite backers collected their winnings following the Colwyn Bay Handicap Hurdle Race for Amateur Riders over two-and-a-half miles. Green Go was the long-time leader but Sam Thomas kept in contention on 3-1 favourite Diamonds Will Do and had two lengths in hand over Knockdoo at the winning post.

The £10,000 Carlsberg-Tetley Handicap Steeplechase was a family affair. Tom Scudamore adopted front-running tactics on 3-1 shot Three Eagles and at times was 40 lengths ahead of his rivals.

Despite being reluctant to go past the stands for the second circuit, Three Eagles maintained his lead and top weight Waterberg was unable to catch the pacemaker, who survived a last-fence jumping mistake to score by an impressive 16 lengths.

The winner is trained by Tom's grandfather Michael Scudamore, who was represented by his son and ex-champion jockey Peter Scudamore, who was champion national hunt jockey eight times from 1981 to 1992.

Peter commented: 'He's a remarkable horse, he's done it all at six years of age and it gives us confidence that the gallops are working at our new yard.'

Jockey Dominic Elsworth brought Zygomatic with a well-timed run in the Dublcheck Maiden Hurdle Race over two-and-a-half miles. The 5-1 chance tracked long-time leader Rascella and landed in the lead over the last hurdle. He stayed on to record a winning distance of three quarters of a length over Strictly Speaking.

Closing the card was the Bangor Bookmakers Novices' Handicap Hurdle that resulted in a short head success in the last stride before the line for River Mere, sent off at 12-1 and ridden by Paul Flynn.

The nine-year-old made up ground after jumping the last to get his head in front of the second-placed horse, Terek. Based at Saighton, winning trainer Lisa Williamson explained: 'He's a tough, genuine horse and it was a brilliant finish.'