There’s another fantastic day of racing to enjoy, on Friday, when Glorious Goodwood will again take centre-stage.
Frontiersman and Poet’s Word will battle it out, in the G3 Glorious Stakes (1:50pm), before Ryan Moore partners Andrew Balding’s Beat The Bank in the G3 Thoroughbred Stakes (2:25pm).
The G2 King George Stakes (3:35pm) will feature the brilliant Battaash (winner of the Scurry Stakes and the Sprint Stakes, at Sandown). The G3 Oak Tree Stakes (4:40pm) will be very competitive. Daban, Mix And Mingle, Eternally, Al Jazi and Bletchley all look in with a good shout.
The Guinness Handicap (6:50pm) is the pick of Galway’s 7 encounters. The likes of Renneti, Ivan Grozny and Clondaw Warrior should contribute to an enthralling renewal.
An action-packed day also includes racing from Thirsk, Newmarket, Bath, Musselburgh and also Bangor where 7 races are on the card.
Racing At Bangor
The course at Bangor is left-handed. Oddly, there is no grandstand at this course and spectators have to watch from the rails. Horse racing has been held at Bangor since the late-1850s. Since that time, only the two World Wars have interrupted the action at Bangor. The venue has strong links with Chester Racecourse, although Chester is regarded as being by far the more prestigious track.
A famous contest took place at Bangor in 1858, across local fields. Two members of the Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s Hunt competed in front of a large crowd of spectators. It was this historic race that laid down the foundations for meetings which are held there today. Skip Jack was easily beaten by a horse called Grayling, whose owner won a then substantial sum of £50!
The first steeplechase meeting was held around one year later. Nowadays, the horses follow much the same course and very little has changed at Bangor over the years.
Bangor became famous for being the first genuine racecourse that the legendary Dick Francis rode a horse. His mount didn’t perform very well, but the experience had Francis hooked. He sent letters to scores of trainers, begging to be given a chance as an amateur jockey.
He returned to Bangor to ride the first of his 345 winners, back in the year of 1947. Incredibly he won this race by a distance of 200 yards. This was just one of 3 winners ridden by Francis on that day. Francis always regarded Bangor as being among his favourite racecourses. He appreciated the even surface and wide bends.
At The Heart Of The Community
The racecourse at Bangor is an extremely important centre for the local community and a great source of parochial pride. Most of the staff live in the local vicinity and many have devoted their entire working lives to the course.
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