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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.