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Bangor preview: Dare Me can deliver for in-form Venetia

David Metcalf | November 11, 2015

Trainer Venetia Williams has her team in fine form, and Dare Me can take advantage of an ease in grade to provide her with another winner in the 3m handicap chase on today’s card at Bangor (14.00).

The gelding is a dual chase winner, with the last of those successes coming on soft ground at Warwick back in January 2014 where he slammed Al Alfa by 14 lengths off a mark of 127.

Dare Me got hit with a 15lb rise for that runway victory, but ran a blinder of his revised mark of 142 when seventh of 23 to Savello in the ultra-competitive class 1 Grand Annual Chase at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.

The 11-year-old backed that up with a solid seventh of 16 to Parsnip Pete in another class 1 affair at Aintree off the same mark, before running very well to finish a 1/2 length third in a class 2 contest at Perth on soft ground off 140.

Dare Me was then off the track for 275 days, but had looked as good as ever in a class 1 contest at Cheltenham back in January off a mark of 145 prior to coming to grief at the last when four lengths behind the eventual winner Annacotty and staying on strongly.

The son of Bob Back then failed to shine when pulled-up at the Cheltenham Festival in another class 1 contest , but now returns to action in this lower grade class 2 contest having been dropped 2lb to 143.

That makes Dare Me look nicely treated on the pick of his form, and he has a good record fresh so first time up may well be the time to catch him.

Gus Macrea can finally win opening Bangor race

In the 2m 4f handicap chase that opens proceedings (13.00), Gus Macrea can cash-in on a career-low mark to score an overdue success.

The Rebecca Curtis trained gelding is on a long losing run having not scored since landing back-to-back contests at Aintree and Ascot at the back end of 2012 off marks of 122 and 128 respectively.

However, having been rated as high as 133 the 11-year-old is now able to race off a mark off just 106 as a result of a dip in form.

That is 22lbs lower than when last successful and gives Gus Macrae major claims from a handicapping perspective if bouncing back to anything like his best.

If the fitting of the blinkers for the first time have the desired effect, the son of Accordion is thrown-in at the weights and could make a total mockery of his current mark.

Selections

13.00: Gus Macrea (NB)
13.30: Sir Pitt
14.00: Dare Me (NAP)
14.30: Bird D’estruval
15.00: After Eight Sivola
15.30: Sky Lino
16.00: Compadre