National winner Jacob has high hopes for yard

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GRAND National winning jockey Daryl Jacob is backing the Ben Case team at Wardington Gate Farm this winter and the partnership hope to land running with Thoresby at Towcester’s first race meeting of the season on Wednesday when the action gets under way at 2.20pm.

Jacob, who rode Neptune Collonges for Paul Nicholls to success at Aintree in April, is a regular visitor to the Case yard, schooling many of the near-30 strong team as well as race-riding, and it is a link he is keen to further cement.

The consistent Thoresby will attempt to register a first racecourse success at the 17th attempt when he tackles a 3m chase, the sixth race on the Towcester card.

Thoresby was last seen when fourth to Cecil Parsley at Towcester in April.

Case said: “He deserves to win a race, and I think he will do in the not too distant future.

“He has been fit and ready for a while and I expect him to go very close at Towcester.

“The horse is a true servant if not very well handicapped 
because he is so genuine.

“Yet he is blind in one eye, has two screws in a joint and also has breathing problems.”

Punters looking to land running when the new season kicks off at the Northamptonshire track could do a lot worse than follow trainer Jonjo O’Neill, who proved top dog at the course last season with six winners.

Pictured above are trainer 
Ben Case, Daryl Jacob and groom Keeli Wood with Thoresby.