Through The Card: Towcester, Thursday December 21

There is jumps racing from Towcester on Thursday
There is jumps racing from Towcester on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Towcester...

"The latter had no chance with Brain Power at Kempton last time but should find this a lot easier..."

12:25 - Al Shahir has been expensive to follow this season, a beaten favourite on all three starts, so it wouldn't be a big shock if he were turned over again here. There's plenty of dead wood in this field and the ones nearer the top of the market are definitely those to focus on, namely THE BOTTOM BAR (12), who showed fair bumper form last season for Paul Webber. It seems unlikely that he won't improve for the switch to the champion trainer Nicky Henderson, and he looks the one to be with.

12:55 - These aren't a convincing bunch on the whole and this looks a good opportunity for NORMANDY KING (2), who has only had three starts over fences and had an excuse when second to a subsequent winner last time (raced closer to pace than ideal). He's more interesting than most at this sort of level.

13:25 - Another race in which it's hard to recommend plenty of them, and current market leader TRIOPAS (5) does look a solid option, still on the up having made it two wins from his last three starts when scoring at Market Rasen last time. He was beating a well-handicapped stable switcher who bounced back to form that day, so a 5 lb rise in the weights shouldn't stop him following up in a similar grade of race.

13:55 - This looks to be between RATHER BE (2) and WAR SOUND (3), who both showed similar levels of form over hurdles (both won notable handicaps) and have both made a quick switch to chasing. The latter had no chance with Brain Power at Kempton last time but should find this a lot easier given that one's exploits in Grade 1 company next time.

14:25 - Dan and Harry Skelton continue their relentless quest for winners and TOMMY RAPPER (7) looks to have been well placed by the Skelton team here, significantly down in grade having contested the Persian War at Chepstow on his return. He was ultimately disappointing that day (sent off at 9/4), but has been given time to recover from whatever held him back, and should be well up to winning this based on the form he showed last season.

15:00 - Martin Keighley has his string in excellent form at present which only strengths the solid case for SOMEWHERE TO BE (7), who beat a subsequent winner in good style on chasing debut last time. He's up in the weights for that, but is worth including for Placepot purposes. There are plenty of potential improvers lurking in this novice handicap, including ATLANTIC STORM (10), who is a chaser on looks and should be suited by this sort of trip based on how he shaped over hurdles last season.

15:35 - The money that came for Jennifer Juniper on her debut at Wetherby will probably prove significant at some point, but Pineapple Rush sets a pretty lofty standard based on her third in a listed race at Cheltenham. Three of dam's five winners scored in this sphere and it shouldn't be long before she adds to that tally.

Placepot permutation:

12:25 - 12
12:55 - 2
13:25 - 5
13:55 - 2, 3
14:25 - 7
15:00 - 7, 10

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