Through The Card: Towcester, Thursday December 17

We take you through the card at Towcester on Thursday
We take you through the card at Towcester on Thursday

We take you through the card at Towcester on Thursday.

"...with cheekpieces applied, a stiff finish ahead of her and Nico de Boinville in the saddle for the first time, at around 3.02/1 we'd rather be with her than with the largely rum bunch she faces."

12:40 - There are stamina doubts over Brod Na Heireann and misgivings about Toby Lerone's attitude, so it could be worth chancing Celldomfed in this opening novice. There's a chance you'll be on a horse that's still a long-term project, though the step up in trip could be read as a statement of intent.

13:10 - Newton Thistle is respected as he'll surely relish a test of stamina, though his price more or less reflects his chance. There's a little more of a chance to be taken about Gamain, though at four times the price he appeals. A maiden point winner in Ireland, he is unexposed as a stayer but has always left the impression he'll get three miles.

13:40 - This is an undeniably low-grade affair, so we shouldn't be surprised that the market has spotted Burgundy Betty. Even so, with cheekpieces applied, a stiff finish ahead of her and Nico de Boinville in the saddle for the first time, at around 3.02/1 we'd rather be with her than with the largely rum bunch she faces.

14:10 - However you slice it, this novice handicap requires a lot of guesswork. Monderon is the one that appeals most, not long with the Henry Oliver yard and producing a career-best last time. It's reckoned he could outstay the respected St Johns Point.

14:40 - There again isn't much to go on in this maiden hurdle. Money for Kingussie would be interesting, given he made a winning bumper debut for Shaun Lycett and has since joined Ben Pauling. He wouldn't be the first from the yard to spring forward after a break.

15:10 - A basement handicap chase. From nine runners, we have six 'squiggles', an 'x', a '?' and a '-'. That's not very good. Ballyegan has been a bit better than this and threatened a return last time, so he'd be the one to take a chance on.

15:40 - This bumper isn't much of a betting proposition. It's hard to argue with Wetherby runner-up Cajun Fiddle being odds-on and yet there are enough lurkers to put us off a bet. Of those, Graceful Legend would be nominated as one to look out for.

Recommended bets:
1pt win Gamain in the 13:10
2pts win Burgundy Betty in the 13:40

Placepot perm:
12:40 - 1, 5
13:10 - 5
13:40 - 3
14:10 - 3
14:40 - 6
15:10 - 4, 5
= 4 lines

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