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HORSE RACING: Rose set to bloom in Hereford run

A hop to Hereford on Halloween looks like being the next outing for the Ben Case-trained Pretty Rose, a runner-up to the handicap blot Innocent Girl in Towcester’s first contest of its 2016/17 season last Wednesday.

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Horse racing returned to Towcester on Wednesday

TOWCESTER RACES: Fled Or Pled upsets the odds in Towcester opener

No-one should need reminding Towcester can prove a setting for the unlikely and bizarre although a four month break ahead of Wednesday’s meeting meant we all felt a little ring rusty.

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Ben Case is hoping for a Towcester success

Mulholland and Morgan hoping for opening day success as horse racing returns to Towcester

Trainers Neil Mulholland and Paul Morgan will attempt to repeat victories of 12 months ago as Towcester resumes jump racing on Wednesday when the action is due to get underway at 2.20pm.

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Trainer Ben Case is pictured with (from left) First Drift, stable girl Kodie Aubrey, George Case, Croco Bay, Pulp Fiction, jockey Kielan Woods and Millie Lucock at his  Wardington Gate Farm stables on Sunday (Picture courtesy of Tudor Photography)

HORSE RACING: Case hopeful of a winning winter

Untapped potential is all around us, lurking in the corner of every horse box. Yet Edgcote trainer Ben Case is a mellow customer these days and pretends not to see it...

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Becky Smith sporting her habitual yellow riding helmet on board Angel Meadow on the Middleham gallops with trainer Micky Hammond

HORSE RACING: Smith seems sure to add to her tally

Inspiration is a precious powder served best sprinkled liberally upon life’s rich casserole.

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HORSE RACING: Ackerman is back in the saddle at Towcester

Chief executive Kevin Ackerman remains steadfast in his desire to drive Towcester Racecourse ahead and is eagerly awaiting the return of National Hunt racing to the course next month.

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Katie Gale turned in another respectable effort at Worcester on Tuesday night when she finished third in the 
colours of local man Geoff Goodwin

HORSE RACING: Edmunds is a victim of his own success

An ambitious plan to increase the number of boxes at his Fences Farm base at Tyringham on the county border with Buckinghamshire is spurring on local trainer Stuart Edmunds after a successful 2015/16 season.

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HORSE RACING: Jules rediscovers her love of racing

Precocious filly Quiet Reflection is set to light up Newmarket on Saturday and bring the next thrilling chapter to a Northampton woman intent on fulfilling her racing dream.

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Flying Angel, which was just touched off at Cheltenham in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, is at the head of the team for Brackley businessman Rob Rexton

HORSE RACING: Rexton revelling in the good times

It says something about the strength of your team if an animal with six wins can still be called the forgotten horse, but county-based businessman Rob Rexton used that phrase to describe Thunder Sheik this week.

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SMILE please... five year-old Evelyn Labrum-Eggleton steals the show at Towcester last week with her mum Danielle and trainer Henry Daly	 (Picture:

HORSE RACING: Caroline Bailey strikes Gold once again

The Caroline Bailey-trained Gold Ingot ensured the stable’s steady run of early summer form continued, when winning the 2m 3f handicap chase at Market Rasen last Friday.

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Upbeat Cobbler warmed the hearts of football fans once again (Picture:

HORSE RACING: Kayla is the toast of the local track

Small is sometimes beautiful, and if Tyringham trainer Stuart Edmunds is to be believed, it can often be quite tasty as well.

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Anna Brooks (far right) in the winners enclosure at Towcester last year with jockey Andrew Tinkler and Drombeg West!!						                  Picture courtesy of

HORSE RACING: McClorey delight at Midlands title

Point-to-point rider Tom McClorey clinched the Midlands Area jockey title at Dingley on Saturday.

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TOWCESTER SUCCESS - Charlie Longsdon

TOWCESTER RACES: Rookie handler Harris makes it a Towcester double

The name Grace Harris will be unfamiliar to many Towcester regulars but that state of affairs is now rapidly changing after the rookie handler sent out Distant Sound to take the 2m 3f handicap hurdle on Monday night.

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Training neighbours Laura Horsfall (left) and Tracey Leeson are pictured at their home gallops and both hope to send out winners in the near future

HORSE RACING: Tracey and Laura making their name

It’s a small world or so they say, and with barely half a mile separating first season operators Tracey Leeson and Laura Horsfall, the adage appears simply made.

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Alex Hales, pictured here with Salut Honore, is happy to have secured a rare win at Cheltenham

HORSE RACING: Hales is hoping to stay on hot streak

Striking while the iron is hot seems an appropriate adage for Edgcote trainer Alex Hales this week as his Trafford Bridge stable fires home winners.

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TOWCESTER RACES: Rooneys fly in from Cheltenham to enjoy victory at Towcester

TOWCESTER RACES: Rooneys fly in from Cheltenham to enjoy victory at Towcester

The media glare might centre on the magnificent Cheltenham Festival this week, but at least one helicopter took off from the centre of Towcester Racecourse on Thursday when high rolling owners Paul and Clare Rooney paid a visit.

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Ben Case with Cheltenham hope Croco Bay

HORSE RACING: Case’s high Cheltenham Festival hopes for Croco Bay

Croco Bay tomorrow (Fri) bids to bring county trainer Ben Case a fresh career highlight in the final contest of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival when he lines up for the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase.

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TRAINER Tom Lacey (right) is pictured in the winner's enclosure at Towcester's last meeting with regular course supporters Maurice Folley and his daughter Michelle after the victory of Kelsey which could follow up at the Northants track on Thursday (Picture courtesy of

TOWCESTER PREVIEW: Jockey Woods hoping to go well at Towcester

Jockey Kielan Woods could prove the benefits of ducking under the radar at Towcester on Thursday when the talented pilot appears to have an interesting book of rides.

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HORSE RACING: Demon success sets up Cheltenham Festival chance

An ambitious target of running in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase at Cheltenham a fortnight today has been resolved by former editor of The Times and The Independent Charlie Wilson for Delgany Demon, after the eight-year-old scored over hurdles at 8/1 at Southwell on Sunday.

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GIRL POWER - a jubilant Lizzie Kelly after the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last Saturday but Agrapart does not hold a Festival entry and county owner Rob Rexton has high hopes for Flying Angel which finished third, on better ground (Picture courtesy of

HORSE RACING: Northants owners Hunt and Rexton hoping for Cheltenham glory

Cheltenham Festival trips are very much on the agenda for county owners Simon Hunt and Rob Rexton following placed runs on last Saturday’s high profile card at Newbury.

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