CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy has six rides at Towcester’s Ladies Evening card tonight, five of them for Jonjo O’Neill.
McCoy – who rode a Towcester double at Tuesday night’s fixture – is in a rich vein of form, having had a four-timer at Newton Abbot on Monday so punters are sure to latch onto this fact.
While best dressed ladies will be trying to win a Gucci watch set valued at £1,000 courtesy of Michael Jones Jewellers, expect competitive male punters to clock in with McCoy and O’Neill.
Perhaps significantly, McCoy’s only non-O’Neill ride is for Charlie Swan who brings Jock Wilkinson over from Ireland in the 2m 3½f maiden chase. The grey’s last run saw him finish 15th of 24 in a maiden hurdle at Cork last month.
Another in-form jockey looking to make an impression will be Nick Scholfield who rode a double on this card 12 months ago and also enjoyed a 20/1 success at Worcester on Wednesday evening with Faha for Andy Turnell. Scholfield will be hopeful of pulling off a similar feat on board two mounts for Devon trainer Grant Cann.
As well as partnering 40/1 shot Exiles Return for Hook Norton handler Peter Hiatt 12 months ago, Scholfield was successful at this meeting with Dennis The Legend in the 3m handicap chase for Cann who is based at Cullompton. Last year, Scholfield and Dennis The Legend battled on to win by a short head from Ethiopia and the marathon chase is again the target.
Trainer Cann has sprung a number of Towcester raiding parties in the past, including Molly Round in a hurdle race last season while Scholfield has been on board the 11-year-old Midnight Legend gelding for three of his four career victories.
Cecily Parsley is deserving of the utmost respect, though, as Hughie Morrison’s dual course winning mare steps up in trip to 3m. Her jumping has been a sight to behold here this term and her pilot Tom O’Brien has ridden more horses to victory at the Northants track in 2011-12 than anyone else.
Scholfield and Cann could also be seen to good effect on board How’s My Friend in the 2m 3½f Blayze Unguem ‘Search For Perfection’ Maiden Chase at 7.25pm.
How’s My Friend is a seven-year-old by Karinga Bay who has made three of his 18 career starts at Towcester, being placed on the last two occasions in chases won in the current Towcester season by Pensnett Bay and Notabotheronme.
The card kicks off at 5.55pm with the Blayze Unguem ‘Leaders In Executive Search’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle over 2m where the Renee Roneson-trained Kikos switches to the smaller obstacles.
Admirably consistent over fences (he has been placed in five of his eight starts since landing a Towcester chase last April), the 10-year-old will be the oldest horse in the race but maintains all his enthusiasm and jockey Sam Jones has partnered him for 26 of his 37 career starts, and all of his four wins. Kikos is fitted with a first- time tongue tie.