Bailey hoping to create magic Moment in Bangor showpiece

Morning Moment is a good fit for the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Handicap Chase at Bangor today.

Caroline Bailey’s 11-year-old made a fine return from a long absence at Doncaster earlier this month and ought to be fully fired up for this assignment.

Despite having been off the track since January 2012, he took fourth spot on Town Moor behind Relax in what was a competitive handicap chase over three miles.

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Morning Moment has had his problems over the years – he has only been sighted 10 times – but is not without ability, as his two wins over fences in 2011 illustrated.

He races off a 4lb higher mark than when he was last victorious in a similar race at Haydock and will be ideally suited by the likelihood of drying ground at the Wrexham circuit.

Sawago should be up to the task in the Oxted Handicap Chase at Lingfield.

The Gary Moore-trained seven-year-old arrested a troubling run of form at Fontwell in December when he got to within two-and-a-half lengths of the likeable Quapriland over this two-mile trip.

Despite having been raised 2lb for that decent effort, he remains reasonably treated on his best form.

He is also seemingly competent enough to handle whatever the ground might be like at the Surrey venue.

Sustainability should be better suited to the return to two-miles, five furlongs in the Higos Insurance Services Handicap Chase at Wincanton.

Representing the red-hot Venetia Williams, he also has the added bonus of Robbie Dunne taking off a valuable 3lb on this occassion.

Noguchi can gain a long overdue success in the Free Entry Every Wednesday For Betdaq Members Handicap at Kempton.

Trained in Newmarket by Michael Murphy, the eight-year-old gelding has been in fine fettle throughout the winter and deserves to be recognised as a leading player for this mile-and-a-quarter affair.

The chestnut son of Pivotal has finished in the money on his last two visits to the Sunbury venue, and was a little unfortunate to be chinned by just a nose here on January 28.

Noguchi looked the winner for most of the one-mile, three-furlong trip, but edged to his right inside the final furlong as Reflect pounced at the death.

Such are the slender margins in all-weather racing, this slight drop in trip might just be enough to see him hit the target for the first time since November 2010.

n Rapidolyte De Ladalka notched his third course and distance victory of the season in the Watt Fences Novices’ Chase at Catterick.

Trained by Simon Shirley-Beavan, the lightly-raced eight-year-old appears to have endless reserves of stamina and, just like his success at the course earlier in the month, victory looked unlikely with half-a-mile to run.

With Aidan Coleman making a bold bid for home on Clouded Thoughts, Barry Keniry was hard at work on the 7-4 chance.

When the leader began to tire, Keniry sensed his opportunity and brought his mount with a sustained run to run out a comfortable one-length winner from the 11-10 favourite Makethe Mostofnow.

Rapidolyte De Ladalka had been due to run in the abandoned Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday and connections were left to think of what might have been.

“I think the cheekpieces may have helped a bit,” said Shirley-Beavan. “He is a bit ground dependent so that may decide where we go for the rest of the season. I’m sure there’s a big one in him next year.”

John Ferguson lowered Buthelezi’s sights dramatically for the Novices’ Hurdle and was rewarded with a victory.

The former John Gosden inmate had tried his hand in Grade One company in Ireland and, while not disgraced, he was not able to dominate as he likes. Given a positive ride by Jack Quinlan, the 10-11 favourite beat market rival Roman Flight by 13 length.