4th Apr 2023

5 – Day entries for the Aldiss Family Raceday on Easter Monday


A bumper Easter Monday crowd is expected when Fakenham Racecourse presents a seven-race card featuring the £30,000 Aldiss Furnishing Stores Veterans Chase for the David Keith Memorial Cup.

The class two three-mile chase has eight entries including Cyclop, a 12-year-old gelding bidding to complete a four-timer for trainer David Dennis.

Cyclop has won eight of his 40 career chases, the most recent at Newbury, three weeks after a further success at the Berkshire course. Earlier he had landed a similar event at Musselburgh in Scotland.

In that most recent Newbury contest, Cyclop finished ahead of Boldmere and the Alex Hales trained 10-year-old is also among the entries. His previous effort saw him win at Doncaster where another entry for the Fakenham feature, Fidux, trained by Alan King, was runner-up.

Racing begins at 1.57pm with the Fisher Electrical Maiden Hurdle in which Gary Moore’s Aviles will be looking for a change of luck having been second on his last three outings. Rivals include Havaila, Milton Harris’s gelding third last time at Ascot, and Jennie Candish’s Jersay Du Trottet, placed at Newcastle last month.

David Pipe’s Koi Dodville won at Leicester in February and is among 10 entries for the 2.32pm Bruce Towers and Sons Mechanical Engineers Selling Chase. Sedgefield winner Sir Apollo represents trainer Sam England while Olly Murphy has entered Enduring Love, runner-up at Fakenham on New Year’s Day.

There are 13 entries for the 3.07pm Cecil and Sheila Buttifant Memorial Mares’ Hurdle including former Fakenham winner Sawpit Sienna for Sam Drinkwater. Tom Symonds’ grey mare Luna Dora will be looking to better two recent second-placed finishes while crowd favourite Bryony Frost has been booked to ride Lucy Wadham’s East End Girl.

The 3.42pm Easter Monday Seniors’ Hurdle has attracted a dozen entries including the Stuart Edmunds trained Swaffham Bulbeck, runner-up at the last Fakenham meeting and Dr Richard Newland’s Thirtyfourstitches, second at Wincanton following an earlier Plumpton success.

The three-mile 4.52pm Queen’s Cup Open Hunter Chase has 13 entries with grey gelding Clara Sorrento looking to carry on winning after scoring in points at High Easter and Garthorpe and Firak, also looking to carry on good work after a Warwick win under rules and a points success at Brafield.

The closing 5.27pm Mares’ NH Flat Race has seven debutants among its 17 entries as well as Dan Skelton’s Omaha Wish, third at Warwick on debut and Neil King’s Linda Moon, runner-up first time out at Kempton.

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