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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long


Tom has three booked rides today at Bangor-On-Dee

2:10 HEART OF THE LION - Didn't run too badly at Fontwell last month and chances if staying this trip.

Owner - J P McManus - Trainer - Alan King

Another horse of ours returning tomorrow, having been ‘in the wars;, is JP McManus’s Heart Of A Lion, one of three runners which we are sending to Bangor.

Heart Of A Lion’s future as a chaser looked promising when he made a winning debut over the larger obstacles at Ludlow 18 months ago, but he has not so far fulfilled those expectations.

To be fair, Heart Of A Lion has not had much luck, and he was struck into on his right-fore fetlock joint when returning at Fontwell in April after a five-month absence. The drying ground will definitely help Heart Of A Lion.

4:30 PASS THE LOVE ON - Second two starts ago; fair effort latest; handicap debut and could take forward step.

Owners - Pitchall Stud Partnership - Trainer - Alan King

Pass The Love On has to carry topweight in the two and a half mile hurdle at Bangor, but Alan has always felt that this mare would come into her own when she went handicapping, so, despite the welter burden, he is hoping for a solid run.

5:05 GRANNY HAWKINS - Appeal on pedigree and trainer does quite well in bumpers; considered.

Owner - G Kennington - Trainer - Alan King

Finally, our four-year-old Granny Hawkins takes on a few older mares when she makes her debut in the bumper.

Granny Hawkins was bought for £23,000 at Goffs Sales almost a year ago to the day, but considering that she is by Blue Bresil, also the sire of subsequent runaway Champion Hurdle winner Constitution Hill, that might have been money well spent, to put it mildly.

Trainer Alan King and Jockey Tom Cannon are sponsored by


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