Towcester

  • 12:50 Haygain Hay Steamers Healthy Forage Beginners' Chase3m 110y

  • Winner £5,507 2nd £1,627 3rd £813 4th £407
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 7.40s
  • Off time: 12:50:35
12:50 Towcester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Highland Lodge (IRE) 6/4
2nd Red Rocco (IRE) 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1111/4- Dark blue, yellow chevrons, light blue sleeves, yellow armlets, dark blue and yellow quartered cap Garton King 330
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-3 H D Daly A Tinkler 122 20/121.00
2 1/114- WHITE, DARK BLUE sash, hooped sleeves, WHITE cap Highland Lodge (IRE) 299
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-3 Miss E C Lavelle D Elsworth 6/42.50
3 12131-2 Red and White check, White cap Kasbadali (FR) 157
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-3 O Sherwood L P Aspell 132 13/27.50
4 18/322P- Purple, gold cross sashes, emerald green cap Maringo Bay (IRE) 236
Nag me
7 11-3 C J Mann N D Fehily 123 5/16.00
5 522212- White, emerald green cross belts, striped sleeves, yellow cap Red Rocco (IRE) 201
Nag me
5 11-3 D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke (3) 14/115.00
6 43371-2 Red, Emerald Green star, hooped sleeves, Red cap, Emerald Green star Same Difference (IRE) 184
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-3 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 137 11/43.75

Verdict

HIGHLAND LODGE may have won twice over hurdles last season but Emma Lavelle's six-year-old looks every inch a chaser and has already won between the flags. He's held in high regard and can get his career over the larger obstacles off to a winning start here, where this stiff course should play to his strengths. Maringo Bay was unlucky not to score over fences last season and sets a decent standard while Same Difference finished ahead of the selection in a Grade 2 hurdle at Warwick in January and is another that should be worth following this term. The lightly-raced Garton King, Kasbadali and Red Rocco are also promising and add to the interest.