Local trainers had a strong say at Towcester’s first evening card of May last week and the same posse of familiar faces will attempt something similar when the action gets underway tomorrow (Monday) evening at 5.30pm.
Culworth handler Tony Middleton could link the two meetings as his chase winner Lough Coi may attempt back-to-back successes in the gg.com Handicap Chase over the extended 3m at 7.30pm.
Jockey Charlie Deutsch achieved a remarkable ‘sit tight’ performance on the eight-year-old along the back straight for the final time and the young pilot’s feat took on more meaningful effect when Lough Coi rallied up the fill to score by a neck and two and a quarter lengths from Classic Case and Bishophill Jack.
This was overdue reward for Middleton and his training partner Milton Harris whose frustration had been considerable thanks to just six winners but 25 second places in the 2013/14 season.
In fact, Deutsch had ridden the stable’s previous winner in the form of Fitandproperjob at Leicester in January.
No-one has been in better form of late than Middleton’s near neighbour Ben Case who was successful on last week’s card with Breaking The Bank and Midnight Jazz.
Case may go to Towcester with My Nosy Rosy in the amateur riders’ handicap hurdle, although it is possible the mare may wait a week for the Towcester fixture on May 19.
Assistant trainer Stuart Edmunds represented octogenarian handler Renee Robeson to welcome the grey Ereyna into the winner’s enclosure last week and a possible yard repeat could be on the card with Mr Maynard in the opening 2m Haygain Hay Steamers Healthy Forage Handicap Hurdle.
Norfolk trainer Caroline Fryer is another operator who has been in excellent form over the past few months and she has made a handful of entries including recent course winners Riddlestown and Doyenne Dream, along with Storm To Pass who has a couple of hurdling options.