21st Oct 2022

5 Day entries for the Greene King Raceday – 26th October

CHEERS TO FAKENHAM AS TOP TRAINER SKELTON EYES UP THE PRIZES

Fakenham Racecourse stages Greene King Raceday on Wednesday, its second meeting of the new 2022/23 National Hunt racing season.

Highlight will be the £15,000 plus Sandringham Mares’ Novice Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs which has attracted an initial entry of six, including two from trainer Dan Skelton’s top stable.

Skelton has both Dazzling Glory and Walk In Clover entered, the former last seen finishing second at Hereford three weeks ago and the latter second at Chepstow back in April. After that race, Walk In Clover underwent wind surgery so she could be very interesting on her return.

Jedd O’Keefe has Conor O’Farrell already booked for the ride on Fairfield Ferrata, third in her seasonal return at Worcester a fortnight ago.

The Greene King IPA Handicap Hurdle over two miles is worth £13,000 and among the 16 entries is the hat-trick seeking Al Zaraqaan from Archie Watson’s yard. The five-year-old gelding won at Newton Abbott in August and the following month went overseas to Bro Park in Sweden to land the H M Drottningens Prix.

Aliomaana will represent Milton Harris following the filly’s Stratford victory last week while also entered is Gary Moore’s Saligo Bay, that gelding having been third on the flat at Windsor recently following a hurdles win at Plumpton in April.

There are 11 entries for the Greene King IPA Mares’ Handicap Hurdle with the Nigel Twiston-Davies five-year-old Call Blue catching the eye after finishing runner-up at Worcester recently.

Jack Quinlan is booked to ride Neil King’s Cluain Aodha, the mare runner-up on her last three starts while Evan Williams has entered Astra Via, third at Ffos Las earlier this month.

A large entry of 22 has been received for the Wolferton Maiden Hurdle and the list includes four last time runners-up in Nicky Henderson’s Attacca and Milton Harris’s Ilanz, both making their hurdling debuts, and Oliver Signy’s Decorated and Twiston-Davies’ Higher Ground.

The two-mile Anmer Fillies Juvenile Hurdle has attracted 10 entries including Skelton’s Exciting News while champion jockey Brian Hughes will partner trainer Donald McCain’s Never No Trouble, third at Warwick recently.

The other chase on the card is the Greene King IPA Novice Handicap Chase which has eight entries for the three-mile contest. Recent Huntingdon winner Getthepot could go for Fergal O’Brien while Sarah Humphrey has Le Tuer and Philip Hobbs the J P McManus owned Dan’s Choice, a Worcester runner-up earlier this month.

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