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RACING: Case aiming to make his mark
10:00am Thursday 18th October 2012 in Sport
Banbury trainer Ben Case is hoping to build on a good start to the jumps season – and also see his horses shine on the big stage.
Case, who has a string of around 25 at his Wardington Gate Farm stables at Edgcote, was back in the winner’s enclosure when Thoresby scored under Grand National-winning jockey Daryl Jacob at Towcester last week.
“We have had four winners already so far this season which is good,” said Case, who paraded his horses in front of an audience of around 150 at his recent owners’ open day.
“I am really pleased and we are only just starting to get going with the winter horses.
“Thoresby was a good start – he was my first winter horse.
“He won nicely. Last year he was a little unlucky not to win, and it was nice to see him get his head in front, especially at our local track Towcester, which won’t do us any harm.”
Despite this early success, which came just three days after Everdon Brook’s 25-1 shock win at Huntingdon, there is no danger of Case getting carried away.
“I don’t set too many targets because you are only going to let youself down,” he said.
“All I want is for them to continue running as they are.
“If they are capable of running in decent races and going on the bigger stage that is all we can look for, and hopefully one or two of them can do their stuff.”
Heading the horses Case hopes can make an impact on the bigger stage is Tempest River.
The six-year-old has already shown she is capable of mixing it at that level, having given Case his most high-profile success when landing the John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Aintree’s Grand National meeting in April 2011.
The daughter of Old Vic is due to reappear in a valuable mares’ handicap hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday, November 10.
And Case said: “She had a reasonable first season as a novice and I think she can progress a bit more.
“Of the others, Top Dancer looks to have a progressive profile for a five-year-old and Handtheprizeover could be quite well-handicapped.”
Top Dancer has yet to get off the mark, but finished a promising third on his last start at Aintree in April.
Handtheprizeover, meanwhile, hasn’t run since winning at Kempton a year ago, having suffered a small tendon injury, but is now back in training.
Case is also hopeful that Brass Tax, a three-times runner-up over hurdles last term, will come into his own now he tackles fences and that Irish imports Deep Trouble and Bebinn can make their mark.
Call A Truce and Moss On The Mill, who both showed promise when finishing fourth in their sole bumper starts in the spring at Huntingdon and Worcester respectively, are other names to note from the Edgcote yard.
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