Mighty Mambo could bid to score a second Towcester victory in the space of nine days in the 2m conditional jockeys’ Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Handicap Hurdle on Wednesday.
Lawney Hill’s dual purpose eight year-old holds an entry for the opening contest on the card at 2.10pm and connections will be hoping he still has a spring in his step and will be able to shoulder a 7lbs penalty, after trotting up to a two and a quarter length success under David Bass last week.
Mighty Mambo was giving the trainer her first success in four months and formed the middle leg of a treble for Bass, the first of his career. It also followed hard on the former Northamptonshire jockey’s first ever Cheltenham Festival success on Darna for Kim Bailey.
County based trainer Caroline Bailey looks like having a busy afternoon with no fewer than four entries from her National Hunt yard as well as sending out Thetalkinghorse in the hunter’s chase, from husband Gerald’s point to point operation.
That could be the Bailey camp’s best chance of success also Queen Olivia looks an interesting proposition in the 2m 3 1/2f handicap chase. The seven year-old has been ridden by Andrew Thornton in all 14 of her career starts and is set to make a chase debut having won once and finished four times over the smaller obstacles.
They also have the unraced Being Global in the bumper, an unraced four year-old which is German sired out of a French dam.
The Laura Young-trained Kap West has yet to run a bad race on his three visits to Towcester, having won once, also recording a second and a third. He could be worth an interest in the 2m handicap chase at 2.40pm.
Harry Redknapp is the owner of the Warren Greatrex-trained Always Managing which holds an entry in the 2m mares’ maiden hurdle at 3.10 so perhaps the former QPR, Spurs and Southampton chief will pay a visit to the track, something he did in on a balmy summer evening in May 2011 when Violets Boy (named in memory of Redknapp’s mother) finished sixth on its National Hunt debut.
Always Managing won a bumper at Warwick last October and was most recently seen when fourth in a novices’ hurdle at Chepstow a fortnight ago.