IN-FORM Northants trainer Ben Case is looking to repeat last month’s success at Towcester tomorrow with three runners.
Brass Tax (beginners’ chase), Phar Isle (handicap hurdle) and My Nosy Rosy (maiden hurdle) are all set to follow in the hoofprints of Thoresby, who kick-started the 2012/13 winter season at the Northants track on October 10 by taking the first race on the card in the hands of Grand National winning jockey Daryl Jacob.
Thoresby confirmed the well-being of the Wardington Gate Farm runners by taking third in a hotter contest at Ascot on Saturday and Case confirmed: “The horses are all running well at present.
“Brass Tax also has an entry at Market Rasen on Sunday and I will have a look to see where I think he has the best chance.
“It will be My Nosy Rosy’s first run over hurdles and I have always thought a good deal of her.
“We didn’t have her fit enough first time out in her bumper at Worcester but she ran a much better race next time at Stratford. She finished sixth but would possibly have in the frame but for stumbling on the home turn.
“As it is her first run over hurdles we would be delighted if she was to come in the first six.”
Phare Isle already has a course success to his name, winning under Thursday’s planned rider Killian Moore in a 2m 6f novices’ chase towards the end of May, with Jacob likely to partner both Brass Tax and My Nosy Rosy.
Case said: “Phare Isle may just need the run but if he is fit enough he could run a big race although he does usually need his first one.”
Phare Isle could find himself chasing home Valrene in the Agetur UK Handicap Hurdle, a traditional sponsorship by the Brackley based firm of civil engineers to the housebuilding trade.
Valrene should represent the yard of Robin Dickin who is a frequent visitor to Towcester and whose runners are always worthy of respect. The six year-old mare was due to run here last month but was kicked down at the start in the race won by Roseini, and withdrawn.
Dickin has given Valrene a choice of entries, also entertaining possibilities of the Weatherbys Mares ‘National Hunt’ Novices Hurdle and will point the daughter of Grape Tree Road in the direction where he considers she has the best prospects.
If punters are to find a long priced winner on Thursday it could come in the 1m 5 1/2f National Hunt Flat race, certainly if last month’s evidence is anything to go by, as the two divisions of the bumper were won by 33/1 shot Salbatore and 22/1 winner Neston Grace in the hands of jockeys Charlie Wallis and James Davies.
Davies has been booked for the Derek Shaw new comer Conas Ata Tu, a three year-old filly by Medicean, although the Tony Coyle-trained Pastoral might also be worth a glance, being well bred for this game out of a King’s Theatre mare.