Racecourse to host Easter fun

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RASTAMOUSE and Scratchy may be topping the bill as far as the kids are concerned at Towcester on Easter Sunday.

But Cecily Parsley and Dormouse could provide topical tips for the adults when they turn attention to unearthing winners.

Action at the Northamptonshire course is due to get underway at 2pm for the traditional bank holiday card, with a competitive seven-race card sure to take some unraveling.

Children’s entertainment will bring a blend of carnival activity and fun to proceedings, with a host of fairground attractions, a climbing wall, bouncy castles, a fire engine, laser tag and much more besides.

Towcester’s horses for courses theory is invariably a sound working basis for finding that elusive winner, and several recent highlights at the track, including Cecily Parsley and Meridiem fall into that category.

Cecily Parsley, trained by Hughie Morrison, was successful by two and a quarter lengths at the last Towcester fixture when ridden by Tom O’Brien and the partnership shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the step up to three miles in the Maxpharm Handicap Chase at 3pm.

It is ironic that given the children fun theme on the day, the six year-old bay mare by Fantastic Light is named after a book of nursery rhymes written by Beatrix Potter in 1922!

It is unlikely sleep will be an option for any of Towcester’s Sunday visitors yet Dormouse could open a few eyes in the Elite Racing Handicap Hurdle over 2m at 3.35pm.

Dormouse is not a dormouse at all, which will come as a relief to backers of the Anabel Murphy-trained seven year-old, who has scored two of his four career victories for Sunday’s booked rider.

Meridiem has a tremendous record at Towcester and extended that at the last fixture when notching a third victory here.

Having been second on each of his other three visits to Towcester, a bold run looks inevitable for Sean Regan’s gelding who could well be partnered by Chris Honour.

Punters who have lasted the pace until the concluding Free Bets @gg.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at 5.15pm may be wooed by the claims of Alpancho, trained by Anthony Honeyball and owned by The Apple Pie Partnership.