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HORSE RACING: Happy Hales eyes overdue victory

Anguish and frustration have bizarrely mixed with satisfaction for trainer Alex Hales whose recent call for a winner has so far gone unheard.

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Copperfacejack won at Towcester last Thursday (PICTURE: www.yan-photography.co.uk)

HORSE RACING: Another win is on Webber’s Agenda

The current hot streak of form enjoyed by horses from Paul Webber’s yard at Cropredy Lawn extended to Towcester’s opening fixture of its 2017/18 season and could prevail to Kempton Park this Sunday.

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TOWCESTER RACES: Fairy tale start to Towcester season for Whitehead

TOWCESTER RACES: Fairy tale start to Towcester season for Whitehead

Memories of Restless Harry storming up the Towcester hill flooded vividly back to mind as Fairy Pol won the first contest of the track’s 2017/18 season.

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Tyringham trainer Stuart Edmunds (second left) is increasing numbers in preparation for the serious National Hunt season

Edmunds eager to mix quality with quantity

Quality not quantity proved the watchword for Stuart Edmunds last season - but the Tyringham handler is hoping to mix both in a delicious cocktail during 2017/18.
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GREYHOUND DERBY: Favourite Clares Rocket beaten as 28/1 shot Astute Missile grabs glory at Towcester

GREYHOUND DERBY: Favourite Clares Rocket beaten as 28/1 shot Astute Missile grabs glory at Towcester

There was a shock winner as a packed Towcester Racecourse staged the prestigious Star Sports Greyhound Derby for the first time on Saturday night.

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GREYHOUND DERBY: Towcester is ready for big Derby day

GREYHOUND DERBY: Towcester is ready for big Derby day

Overpriced lukewarm hot dogs; slabs of rock salmon and perhaps the odd jellied eel tossed in...

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Clares Rocket pictured with trainer Graham Holland

GREYHOUND DERBY: Security stepped up at Towcester as Clares Rocket comes to town

A €1million greyhound subjected to a high-profile ‘dog-napping’ could be in line to land the biggest prize in racing when it lines up in the English Greyhound Derby at Towcester.

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Bestwork is seen here revelling in the occasion with trainer Charlie Longsdon and owners following his victory at Towcester on Monday (PICTURE: DAVID YANEZ)

TOWCESTER RACES: Trainer Longsdon enjoys double success

Perhaps it was the sight of Nicky Henderson leaning thoughtfully in the sunshine on the owners and trainers’ balcony before thoughtfully sipping a glass of wine, but perspective drifted just a little as Towcester staged its final jumping fixture for over four and a half months on Monday afternoon.

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TOWCESTER RACES: Riddlestown claims fourth straight victory

TOWCESTER RACES: Riddlestown claims fourth straight victory

‘Don’t ask me, ask him!’

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Riddlestown (right) on the way to victory at Towcester in March, 2014

RACING PREVIEW: Riddlestown to secure more success at Towcester?

Riddlestown might be a standing dish at Southwell but the Caroline Fryer-trained ten year-old is no slouch at Towcester and might answer the puzzle of the 3m 1/2f handicap chase on Monday evening at 6pm.

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TOWCESTER RACES: Favourites are frozen out as none claim top-two finish in seven-race card

TOWCESTER RACES: Favourites are frozen out as none claim top-two finish in seven-race card

No-one could ever call life at Towcester predictable and Thursday’s fixture proved the point once more.

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TOWCESTER PREVIEW: Oliver hoping experience counts at Towcester

TOWCESTER PREVIEW: Oliver hoping experience counts at Towcester

Proven form at Towcester is expected to once again count for much when the Northamptonshire track stages the first of its three fixtures in May on Thursday afternoon, when the action is due to get underway at 2.20pm.

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The David Arbuthnot-trained Snowball is pictured here winning at Towcester in February and could land a repeat on Thursday in the 3m handicap chase (picture: David Yanez)

TOWCESTER RACES PREVIEW: Sly looks to score in opener

Towcester starts a run of four jumping fixtures in the space of a month today (Thursday) when National Hunt action at the local track is due to get underway at 2.20pm.

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Lizzie Kelly will ride Brown Bear at Towcester on Thursday

TOWCESTER RACES PREVIEW: Kelly warms up for Gold Cup ride with a trip at Towcester

Lizzie Kelly is booked to warm up for her Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup ride on Tea For Two on Friday by partnering course winner Brown Bear at Towcester 24 hours earlier.

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Rob Rexton

HORSE RACING: Rexton revving up for Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is the showground of dreams, and Northamptonshire man Rob Rexton is backing his trainer to deliver at the four-day jamboree next week.

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Ben Case watches Cheltenham hopeful Midnight Jazz on the gallops, ridden by Danny Hannig

HORSE RACING: Hales is happy to hold his star back

Little fish are sweet as the old saying goes and Edgcote trainer Alex Hales would settle for a Huntingdon double on Sunday while admitting his new stable star is likely to by-pass the Cheltenham Festival which now looms large on the horizon.

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The grey Flying Angel (centre) is pictured sporting Rob Rextons colours at the Cheltenham Festival last March

HORSE RACING: Happy times for trainer Morris

HEALTHY and happy horses win races and West Haddon trainer Stuart Morris would vouch for the truth of that statement after a dramatic turnaround in fortunes this season.

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Harry Redknapp was at Towcester on Wednesday witness the debut of his horse Drumlee City

TOWCESTER RACES: Bandon Roc cruises to emphatic victory

Three victories within the space of ten days might still not enable Bandon Roc to match the attractions of salmon fishing on the Bandon River in County Cork but the WOW Partnership won’t be complaining if the current flow of success continues.

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TOWCESTER RACES: Bridgwater delight as Edgar claims victory

TOWCESTER RACES: Bridgwater delight as Edgar claims victory

The form of horses trained by David Bridgwater looks set to take an upswing after a quiet start to the winter and Edgar (8/1) went some way to proving the point by landing the 2m conditional jockeys’ handicap chase in heavy conditions under Jake Hodson.

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Towcester stages the first of two its February fixtures next Thursday (February 2) when trainer Ben Pauling (left) will be looking to build on the success of 40/1 winner Perfect Pirate in December  (Picture: www.yan-photography.smugmug.com)

TOWCESTER RACES: Baileys hoping success goes on at Huntingdon

A bottle of bubbly was waiting in the fridge for Brixworth trainer Caroline Bailey after Global Dream removed her from the cold list at Leicester on Tuesday afternoon.

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