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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
9:29am Sunday 22nd December 2013 in Sport
Local trainer Donald McCain often runs some of his better horses at Bangor and Classic Move should be able to return to the winner's enclosure in the Dundee Partnership "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.
Third to the smart, and more experienced, Moyle Park at the Punchestown Festival when trained by Don Cantillon, he was snapped up by McCain's big owner Tim Leslie and swiftly off the mark in a bumper at Sedgefield.
Still keen, and making a crucial mistake at the third-last, Classic Move was not disgraced to finish third to Spirit Of Shankly and will surely continue to improve as he matures.
The Rebecca Curtis-trained Bob Keown has not shown an awful lot in his novice starts to date but would be well worth a second look pitched into the Fourseasons Marquee Hire Handicap Hurdle.
Curtis can also hit the target with El Macca, who contests the Lady Mostyn Memorial Red Cross Maiden Hurdle.
The four-year-old chestnut showed up pretty well on his hurdling debut at Chepstow last month and should be all the wiser for the experience.
El Macca understandably made a few gaffes in the jumping department but was not knocked off his stride by the heavy ground so should appreciate the conditions in Wales.
When Lingfield's jumping card had to be abandoned the Surrey course made a quick switch to the all-weather and Jane Chapple-Hyam's revitalised Jungle Bay could be the pick of what is now a mixed card.
Forced wide but still capable of scoring over six furlongs of the track last month, he is able to overcome a 3lb rise in the Ladbrokes Handicap and the extra furlong poses no problems either.
Mark Johnston's Fine Vintage, quite a well-bred son of Motivator for owner Alan Spence, was squeezed up at just the worst time on his debut at Wolverhampton last month and eventually finished third.
Although he probably would not have won, his chance to make amends can come in the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes.
The card at Thurles has all the look of being another Willie Mullins benefit afternoon but of most interest is the seasonal reappearance of Un De Sceaux.
Touted by some as a Mullins dark horse for the Champion Hurdle, the unbeaten five-year-old is given a low-profile starting point in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle.
BANGOR: 12.40 Think Its All Over, 1.10 Goodtoknow, 1.40 Orgilgo Bay, 2.10 CLASSIC MOVE (NAP), 2.40 El Macca, 3.10 Bob Keown, 3.40 Chantara Rose.
LINGFIELD: 12.30 Magna Cartor, 1.00 Bugsy's Girl, 1.30 Fine Vintage, 2.00 Polydamos, 2.30 Jungle Bay, 3.00 Clerk's Choice, 3.30 Chiltern Secret.
THURLES: 12.20 Sitcom, 12.50 Miss Palm, 1.20 Un De Sceaux, 1.50 Dantes Firth, 2.20 Kilcarry Bridge, 2.50 Oscar Fiain, 3.20 Fearachain.
DOUBLE: Classic Move and Bob Keown.
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