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Mister Chiang is one to Value

Local winner: Noel Kelly
Local winner: Noel Kelly

By David Clough

Mister Chiang fits the bill in the Value Rater Racing Club Handicap at Bath.

Mark Johnston's colt fulfils the criteria of the race title, because he may well be allowed to start at tempting odds despite his narrow win at Pontefract last time.

Mister Chiang was even-money favourite at the start of this month to continue his recent improvement in first-time blinkers.

He managed to do so by only a neck, however, and is therefore up just 3lb for his trouble.

The three-year-old needed the stiff finish in West Yorkshire to get the better of his contemporaries, to whom he was conceding weight all round over a mile and a half, and the extra distance and sure-fire fast ground here are likely to play to his strengths again.

Half an hour before Mister Chiang raises his effort, Johnston may well be on the mark with Requiems Dream in the Proper Cornish Maiden Auction Fillies' Stakes.

The daughter of Dream Ahead may have been unfortunate to bump into a very useful sort when runner-up to Under The Stars at Ripon little over a week ago and can go one better.

The Corpracare Handicap is also over five furlongs, and Glory Fighter is a most interesting contender.

Charlie Hills' charge has been gelded since when last seen more than 10 months ago, but his novice win over Soldier's Call - albeit on the latter's debut - is still notable in this context.

BATH: 2.00 Beignet, 2.30 Requiems Dream, 3.00 MISTER CHIANG (NAP), 3.30 Powerful Dream, 4.00 Glory Fighter, 4.30 Heritage, 5.00 Johni Boxit.

BEVERLEY: 1.45 Singe Anglais, 2.15 Sapphire Jubilee, 2.45 Rochester House, 3.15 Golden Guest, 3.45 Ollivander, 4.15 Ghayyar, 4.45 Langholm, 5.15 Graceful Act.

KILLARNEY: 5.50 Manqoosh, 6.20 Njord, 6.50 Minnie Haha, 7.20 Capture The Action, 7.50 Roi De Dubai, 8.20 Lucky Phil, 8.50 Star Adventure.

NOTTINGHAM: 5.40 Celtic Artisan, 6.10 She Looks Like Fun, 6.40 Move In Time, 7.10 Well Funded, 7.40 Artic Nel, 8.10 Polyphony, 8.40 Colonel Slade.

SOUTHWELL: 6.00 Battle Of Ideas, 6.30 Oliver's Gold, 7.00 Illustrissime, 7.30 Solo Saxophone, 8.00 Montys Angel, 8.30 Celtic Sally, 9.00 Heart Of A Lion.

DOUBLE: Requiems Dream and Mister Chiang.

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