26th Mar 2024

5 day entries for the Aldiss Raceday on Easter Monday, 1st April


Five-year-old mare Birdhouse, so impressive when winning at the last Fakenham raceday, returns to the north Norfolk course for its Aldiss Easter Monday meeting aiming for a quick double for trainer Stuart Edmunds.

Edmunds has a great strike rate at Fakenham and at that last meeting on March 15, had two winners, including Birdhouse, who now aims for the 1.57pm Cecil and Sheila Buttifant Memorial Mares’ Hurdle.

There are 13 entries for the contest and rivals could include La Breille, Richard Bandey’s five-year-old a winner at Fakenham a year ago and runner-up at Plumpton in January and Glance at Me, James Martin booked to ride for trainer Andrew Martin, the mare also a Plumpton runner-up.

Two races represent the day’s main sponsors Aldiss. The 2.32pm Aldiss Selling Chase has eight entries including Gary Moore’s Jerrash, third at Plumpton over a longer trip in March. James Bowen rides his father Peter’s Easy Bucks while Ingennio sees Richard Hobson having booked Lee Edwards to ride the six-year-old recently fifth at Huntingdon.

The Aldiss Seniors Handicap Hurdle at 3.07pm has eight initial entries with Knowwhentoholdem of great interest. Having a first run for Neil Mulholland since leaving Anthony Charlton’s stable, the nine-year-old was a Newbury winner last month.

David Pipe’s Paricolor returns to Fakenham where he scored in November 2019, while also entered are Oliver Signy’s Sambezi, a Plumpton runner-up in February, and Jamie Snowden’s Up for Parol, third at Chepstow in February, with Gavin Sheehan booked to ride.

The Fisher Electrical Contractors Juvenile Maiden Hurdle opens racing at 1.27pm and possible favourite amongst the 13 entries would be Donald McCain’s four-year-old gelding Camarrate, a Kelso second after finishing fourth at Warwick on hurdling debut. Also entered is Michael Wigham’s Three Yorkshiremen, a November runner-up at Musselburgh and in action three times since on all-weather courses on the flat.

The second chase is the 3.42 Bruce Towers and Sons Mechanical Engineers Chase over three miles featuring two horses of interest. The Fakenham Racing Club supporters will be cheering on Conceroe, trained by Ben Case, second at the last Fakenham meeting, while Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer has entered Cloudy Wednesday, runner-up at Huntingdon earlier this week.

Rivals could include last time winners Goguenard, Pilgrim King and The Scorpion King, the latter with Sheeham booked to ride for trainer Signy.

The closing 4.16pm Racing TV Mares’ National Hunt Bumper has 14 entries including Harry Fry’s Star Walking, making her rules debut after winning a Turtulla point-to-point and Nicky Henderson’s Huntingdon third Crazierthandaisy and John Quinn’s Sedgefield runner-up Positivia.

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