Jockey Daryl Jacob could be the man to follow as Towcester kicks off a first National Hunt fixture of its 2015/16 season on Wednesday (start time 2.20pm).
Jacob, who has been in fine form of late, riding a double at Chepstow last Wednesday, looks to have a couple of decent mounts for county trainer Ben Case as well as Franciscan for Donald McCain in the 2m handicap hurdle at 3.25pm.
Fifty horses stood their ground for the six-race card although Tuesday rainfall could doubtless impact on a surface initially billed as good to firm with watering having taken place to preserve this status before the heavens opened.
Jacob and Case expect to pin hopes on the eight-year-old Bebinn in the totetrifecta Pick The 1, 2, 3 Handicap Chase at 2.55pm. Consistency and excellent jumping have been a hallmark of Bebinn’s career to date. For while he only has a Leicester chase success to his name from 21 starts he has been placed on three of his four previous visits to Towcester, so seems sure to be in the mix.
His opposition looks like coming from the Rosemary Gasson-trained Jolly Boys Outing who is a standing dish at Towcester, having run at the course no fewer than 25 times, having won on three of those occasions. Also of interest will be Combustible Kate from Nick Kent’s Lincolnshire base as the Mr Combustible mare took the opening 2m 5f novices’ handicap hurdle on this card 12 months ago.
Jacob then teams up with Franciscan in the 2m handicap and while this individual appears to have lost his way a little recently, he did win a contest off this sort of mark at Cheltenham in April 2014.
Case was pleased with the effort of Pretty Rose in finishing third at Warwick a fortnight ago and she can go close in the Winning Post Bookmakers Bristol Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at 4.35pm although it is interesting Caroline Keevil returns with Canarbino Girl, who turned in her best effort to date on this course.
Also searching for a Towcester repeat will be Warwickshire trainer Robin Dickin who sends out Thomas Crapper in the Dalepak Ltd Novices’ Chase. Should he be successful he is sure to get a rousing reception in the winners’ enclosure on sponsor Mick White’s birthday. Thomas Crapper was a runner-up in no less than five novice chases last season and should put that statistic behind him en route to better things. He was a winner at Towcester over hurdles before a brace of Cheltenham successes over timber.