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Jockey Tom Messenger on board L'Eldorado with trainer Chris Bealby (right).
Jockey Tom Messenger on board L'Eldorado with trainer Chris Bealby (right).

THE recent victory of the Chris Bealby-trained L’Eldorado at Towcester could inspire a further flush of success for the Lincolnshire yard at the Northants track on Thursday when the festive action is due to get under way at 12.40pm.

Bealby, a frequent visit to Towcester in the yard in the past, is hoping to pay for a few Christmas expenses with the likes of Chac du Cadran, Gers Benefit and Why Always Me, and would advise punters to take a similar interest.

Bealby, who operates with a 30-strong string from his North Lodges stables at Barrowby near Grantham, said: “I believe all three of them might run nice races and it is good the horses appear to be back in good form.”

Prior to L’Eldorado’s all the way success under local jockey Tom Messenger in a 2m 3 1/2f handicap chase on December 4, which made it two wins from two visits to the track for the seven year-old following his victory in a bumper in November 2009, Chac du Cadran gave the Lincolnshire handler his last Towcester victory a year ago in a 2m 5f novices’ hurdle.

Bealby added: “He is a consistent horse who is nearly always in the frame and was only beaten by a neck at Doncaster last time.

“Gers Benefit is a mare over from Ireland where she won a point to point.

“We haven’t had her all that lone but she wasn’t disgraced when fourth of four at Leicester a fortnight ago while Why Always Me is a really nice prospect by Milan who was sixth in a novice hurdle at Wetherby in October and ought to be competitive off his current mark.”

Local trainers Alex Hales, Ben Case and Caroline Bailey have also been eyeing the Towcester card with potential runners.

Gilzean is toying with the idea of running Gilzean in a handicap hurdle, while Wardington Gate Farm neighbour Case might field his recent Wincanton winner Handtheprizeover.

Holdenby North Lodge trainer Bailey would not want the ground too soft for See You Jack in the chase.

Thursday’s fixture is the first of two meetings in the space of six days with the Boxing Day card due to get under way at 12.45pm.