THE Bangor-on-Dee meeting on Wednesday attracted a crowd of 3,115 and began with a three-quarters of a length victory in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle for 7-2 chance Rhapsody Rose ridden by Tom Doyle.
Reviewer set the pace at the Wrexham & North Wales LVA Beginners' Steeplechase before being challenged by 9-1 shot Tunes Of Glory, ridden by Jason Maguire, to record a winning margin of one and a quarter lengths. The gelding, trained by Ginger McCain at Cholmondeley, did more than repay his price of 1,200 guineas when landing the prize of £4,010.
Zaffaran Express was the winner of the JPCS Mares' Only Novices Hurdle Race. Jockey Tony Dobbin galloped clear on the 2-1 chance to win by 11 lengths from Gordon Highlander.
Trainer Venetia Williams and jockey Alan O'Keeffe planned to take up the running down the back straight in the New Bangor Hospitality Chalets Novices' Handicap Steeplechase. The gelding, sent off at 2-1 was placed to carry out the plan and he held off a late challenge from the 15-8 favourite Gerrard to win by two lengths.
King On The Run looked to be travelling like a winner in the Great Daffodil Appeal Handicap Steeplechase before slipping on landing at the last and losing his momentum.
Ebony Light had run his race and The Merry Mason, partnered by Dominic Elsworth and sent off at 15-2, took up the running and had the pace to open up a six-length gap when passing the winning post.
Richard Johnson made all the running on 7-1 chance Sword Lady to win the Hurdle Race, named after a village in Anglesey, by an eased-down seven lengths.
The card closed with the Hugh Peel Challenge Trophy Hunters' Steeplechase and a three length win for Silver Castle, sent off at 9-2 and ridden by Lucy Rowsell. nDouble Rich and Hijacked provided an exciting finish to the Hunt Race that opened the point-to-point card at Eaton Hall last Sunday with Double Rich, ridden by Oliver Greenall, being awarded victory by a neck.
The gelding is trained by Steve Wynne, of Malpas, who remarked: 'He's a hard horse to catch right and he may have been a little short of work at Weston, but he jumped well and got there on the nod.'
There was another close finish to the Gerrard Ladies Open Race. Tania Harrison kept Mytimie, trained by Carrie Ford, of Little Budworth, galloping to the line and held off Another Club Royal by a neck.
The Michael Worthington Memorial Race for Novice Riders was won by The Eens who was clear of the rest of the field by 10 lengths as he crossed the line.
This was a family affair as Ginger McCain bred the horse that is trained by his son Donald in Cholmondeley. Ed Bourne, the winning jockey, has worked for the McCain's for three years.