Perfect Candidate returns

Bangor-On-Dee stage a good renewal of the Anne Duchess Of Westminster Memorial Chase on Wednesday.

Perfect Candidate runs at Bangor

Fergal O'Brien's Cheltenham specialist Perfect Candidate heads the weights, with the likes of Peter Marsh winner Cloudy Too, Jonjo O'Neill's Beg To Differ and Alan King's pair of Sego Success and Ziga Boy all bringing good form to the table.

O'Brien said of his runner: "He'll be surprised when he turns up somewhere else than Cheltenham!

"First time out, I just felt three miles around here would suit him better than three-and-a-half at Cheltenham at the weekend.

"If he runs well the idea is to send him to the Becher Chase at Aintree, so this fits in better.

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"He's been a slow burner so while he's rated 148 now, there might be more to come."

One who has been on the go through the summer is Nigel Twiston-Davies' Ballykan, winning at Perth and Stratford.

Last time out the six-year-old was third to Vintage Vinnie in a classy event at Market Rasen.

"There are two valuable races on the card and the owners have a runner in each," said Anthony Bromley, racing manager to owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

"Our initial thoughts for Ballykan were to run him in the BetVictor at the weekend but we thought that might be just a step too far for him.

"This looks a little less competitive and is a nice prize. It's good to support Bangor if they are putting the money up.

"He's the type that won't be on the go all winter so while the ground is still good we need to take advantage of that.

"We're hopeful he'll run a nice race, he's only six and has been a fun horse."

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