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Shades of grey in the Mix at Bangor

Alsa Mix should be in her element in the Masterstroke & Scalo Yorton Stallions Mares' Novices' Chase at Bangor (stock photo)
Alsa Mix should be in her element in the Masterstroke & Scalo Yorton Stallions Mares' Novices' Chase at Bangor (stock photo)

By Nick Robson

Alsa Mix should be in her element in the Masterstroke & Scalo Yorton Stallions Mares' Novices' Chase at Bangor.

Alan King's grey was highly promising in the first half of last season, when her victory in the Grade Two Ballymore Winter Novices' Hurdle at Sandown took her then unbeaten career tally to four.

King thought her worthy of another rise in class to the top level for the Challow at Newbury and then the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival.

It was no disgrace to come up well short in both, and the winning Irish pointer's chasing debut at Listed level is an enticing prospect.

Alsa Mix faces some significant opposition in a select field of four, all of whom are regular winners and deservedly running in this class. She is highly likely to prove more at home in time over further than this two miles one and a half furlongs too.

But forecast heavy ground should offset that, and she has already scored twice in similar conditions - so she has fine prospects of signposting another successful season with a return to the winner's enclosure.

Commodore was seen only twice last season but won both times - and can continue his progress in the Anne Duchess Of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase.

Trainer Venetia Williams won this race last year with Yala Enki and has two other recent successes on her record, with Howard's Legacy and Summery Justice, so it is clearly one she targets.

Commodore will have had to improve, because he started last season rated 109 and now runs off 135 - but the seven-year-old has had just 11 career outings and should have plenty more to offer.

De Name Evades Me has been a very consistent performer in recent seasons for Fergal O'Brien, and deserves another win in the RGB Building Supplies Chase at Exeter.

SELECTIONS

AYR: 1.05 Calvigny, 1.40 Lossiemouth, 2.15 Aurora Thunder, 2.45 Article Fifty, 3.20 Polydora, 3.50 Milanvera.

BANGOR: 12.45 Steel Wave, 1.15 ALSA MIX (NAP), 1.50 Commodore, 2.25 Dino Boy, 2.55 The Wolf, 3.30 Navajo Pass, 4.00 Heartbreak Kid.

EXETER: 12.55 Mrs Miggins, 1.25 Eclair Surf, 2.00 Tractor Fred, 2.35 De Name Evades Me, 3.05 Esprit Du Large, 3.40 Haldon Hill, 4.10 Queens Cave.

DOUBLE: Alsa Mix and Esprit Du Large.

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