Racing preview for Wednesday, November 11

Horse racing
Horse racing

Glorious Days is an eyecatching contender as he makes his British bow for Ed Walker in the Boo Conditions Stakes at Kempton.

The eight-year-old may be reaching the backend of his career now but he is no back number as he brings really top-class form to the table.

Formerly trained by John Size in Hong Kong, Glorious Days has mixed it with the best in the mile division in recent years, chasing home Ambitious Dragon in the Hong Kong Mile in 2012 before landing the big race itself a year later.

He was beaten just over four lengths by subsequent runaway Dubai Duty Free winner Just A Way last June but connections have switched their attention to Britain as current Hong Kong star Able Friend seemingly has his measure now judged on three comprehensive defeats.

Rated 110 on these shores, Walker must be relishing the opportunity to campaign the Hussonet gelding this winter.

Normal Equilibrium posted his best effort for some time at Leicester last month and could be coming right just in time for the 32Red Casino Handicap.

A winner at Chelmsford on his only try on a synthetic surface to date, Normal Equilibrium has slipped back down the handicap from a high of 100 to his current perch of 92.

That is the same mark he held at Chelmsford and Robert Cowell could have played a blinder in his placing of this horse.

Olly Stevens will close the doors of his Surrey yard for good soon but Victory Call can give him a last-gasp win in the 32Red/Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes.

Shantou Magic shaped better than his final placing suggested on his reappearance and he should not be discounted in the Anne Duchess of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase at Bangor.

The eight-year-old was a fair performer over hurdles and after a shaky start over fences, he ended last season with three wins in six outings over the bigger obstacles.

Charlie Longson pitched him back into action at Newton Abbot last month and while his fifth place was hardly ground-breaking, a mistake at the penultimate fence appeared costly and he was not pushed too hard as he weakened in the finish.

Shantou Magic should improve for that outing and can strike gold here.

Modus was among the top bumper performers over the last couple of season and merits support as he tackles obstacles for the first time in the Broncroft Novices’ Hurdle.

Eighth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2014, he returned to that event to finish second on his reappearance this year before also going on to place in the equivalent event at Punchestown.

Subsequently snapped up by JP McManus for £190,000 in May, Modus makes his bow for Paul Nicholls here and it will be disappointing if he cannot make his mark.

Whataknight is the choice in the 188Bet Novices’ Hurdle at Exeter while Princess Tiana is another newcomer to note in the Jack Fletcher Memorial Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Caledonia can finally gain a first jumps success in the Racing UK Free For A Month Handicap Hurdle at Ayr after a fine return at the track last month.

* Selections -

AYR: 1.20 Another Bill, 1.50 Glacial Rock, 2.20 Mungos Debut, 2.50 Georges Conn, 3.20 Caledonia, 3.50 Cherry Bomb.

BANGOR: 1.00 Take The Crown, 1.30 Magheral Express, 2.00 Shantou Magic, 2.30 Modus, 3.00 After Eight Sivola, 3.30 Sky Lino, 4.00 Boudry.

DUNDALK: 6.00 Lady Lambert, 6.30 Hasselnott, 7.00 Split The Atom, 7.30 Bussa, 8.00 Marise, 8.30 Gun Shoot, 9.00 Usain.

EXETER: 1.10 Our Folly, 1.40 Kingswell Theatre, 2.10 Whataknight, 2.40 Princess Tiana, 3.10 Pull The Chord, 3.40 Otago Trail, 4.10 Ballyegan.

KEMPTON: 4.35 Louis Vee, 5.10 Normal Equilibrium, 5.40 Trespassed, 6.10 Paco Pat, 6.40 Lunar Son, 7.10 Victory Call, 7.40 GLORIOUS DAYS (NAP), 8.10 San Quentin.

DOUBLE: Glorious Days and Shantou Magic.