Smart Exit can bring an abundance of festive cheer to race goers at Towcester Racecourse on Thursday with a repeat victory in the 3m handicap chase at 1.10pm.
Celebrations at the course will reach an unprecedented level eight days before Christmas on the first occasion when both horses and greyhound racing will feature on the same day, the dogs following on in the evening after a firework display.
Much earlier, National Hunt enthusiasts should get more than their quota of activity with a seven-race card scheduled to start at 12.40pm when the locally owned Toby Lerone will be looking to add to a course success last month in the 2m 5f novices’ hurdle although it may pay to take a close look at Scooter Boy.
Scooter Boy is trained at Edgcote by Alex Hales and cut out a favourable impression here when second of 15 at odds of 50/1 behind Ballyboley Boy in a National Hunt flat race back in March 2014. The horse then suffered a lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury but has always been highly regarded back at Trafford Bridge stables.
Smart Exit will then be next up and has talented conditional rider Ciaran Gethings booked to ride. Gethings is employed by Philip Hobbs in the west country so it could be significant he makes the long trip to the Midlands to take this mount.
The horse represents the stables of Stuart Edmunds and was successful here in a chase in January last year and has more recently been second in two outings at Chepstow, a course with similar undulations.
The third running of the Caroline Beesley Handicap Hurdle takes place at 1.40pm and following the successes of Easy Beesy and Toot Sweet in the first two of such events, a large gathering of family and friends will be looking for another poignant outcome.
This could be provided by the David Arbuthnot-trained Snowball, a recent winner at Huntingdon, although any victory for Ballochmyle, trained at Wymondham in Norfolk, would raise the rafters as the five year-old gelding is trained by Caroline Fryer.
Northampton based owner and enthusiast Simon Hunt is best known for his connection to The Giant Bolster but he could enter the winner’s enclosure after the 2m 5 1/2f novices’ limited handicap chase as he has a share in the David Bridgwater-trained Golan Dancer.
With Philip Hobbs’ horses flying at present it might make sense to go with Captain Bocelli while victories for Mr Bachster and Chilli Romance could round off an exhilarating afternoon of horse racing action.