EVENING racing at Bangor-on-Dee takes place today when the feature event is the £12,000 Corbett Bookmakers Handicap Chase.
If declared to run, Motcomb Jam will find this an easier task than when carrying 11 stones 12lbs into second place at Cheltenham. The seven-year-old was a consistent performer last season and is due for a victory under a more lenient weight.
The action begins at 5.40pm with the Red Cross Week Selling Handicap Hurdle, in which Squandamania may go one better than when finishing in second place at Newcastle last month when sent off favourite.
Dick The Taxi has been allocated a welter weight of 12st 5lbs in the Wynnstay Hunt Supporters Club Novices' Handicap Chase. Jodante has more appeal as the gelding was a good second on his chasing debut at Hexam earlier this month and should progress today.
Locally-trained Rendari has proven stamina to stay the three-mile trip in the Corwen Novices' Hurdle, having given Carrie Ford a winning ride on her brief and victorious return to the saddle at Huntingdon. The nine-year-old was pulled up on his latest outing at Fakenham but should be suited by the conditions today.
The James Griffith Memorial Novices' Hunters' Chase looks a competitive affair at the five-day stage. Coole Venture will be well supported and Jackson, trained by Andrew Dalton, may provide a better-value each-way bet.
Racing ends at 8.10pm with the Llandudno Handicap Hurdle. Speed Venture won over the course at the last meeting two weeks ago but is stepping up in class here.
Preference is given to Cumbrian Knight who finished second at Carlisle on April 18 over this distance.
A free bus service runs from Wrexham station to the course at 4.10pm and returns after racing - racegoers with railway tickets have priority.
Admission to the Course Enclosure is £6 while the Paddock Enclosure is £13. Accompanied children enter free. More information is available on the website www.BangorOnDeeRaces.co.uk or contact the racecourse on 01978 780323.
Warm spring sunshine attracted a large crowd to the Wynnstay point-to-point fixture at Eaton Hall on Sunday when Tessa Clark, of Threapwood, maintained her position at the head of the North West Area Point to Point Championship table as leading lady rider.
She recorded a decisive 15-lengths win in the Restricted Race aboard The Lord Roberts, where the partnership dictated the pace throughout.
Fifth-season maiden Robert The Rascal won Division One of the Open Maiden by half a length, while Mullarts Lad improved on his third-place debut at Alpraham last week to score a 12-length victory in Division Two.
David Barlow was content to let the hard-pulling Nicholls Cross set the pace in the Confined Race before taking the lead five fences from home, to win by 15 lengths from Fornaught Alliance.
The area's leading male rider Richard Burton won the Men's Open by a distance on Jemaro. In the Ladies' Open, Katherine Diggle aboard Jackie Jarvis, who appreciated the ground conditions, passed the winning post 12 lengths in front of the prolific winner Balisteros.
New Ross, ridden by Annabel Turner, won the Club Members Race for novice riders and the meeting concluded with a walkover in the Intermediate Race for Karzhang.