12th Feb 2024

5-Day Entries for the Payne Crop Nutrition Race Day, Friday 16th February

RACING CLUB DUO BID FOR TOP HONOURS IN FAKENHAM FEATURE

Fakenham Racing Club’s Allo Allo and Conceroe hold entries in the feature steeplechase on Payne Crop Nutrition Raceday on Friday (February 16).

The 3.10pm Tim Barclay Memorial Chase has eight entries, including Allo Allo, trained by Stuart Edmunds, and Conceroe, trained by Ben Case.

Despite being a past winner at Fakenham, Allo Allo has been disappointing recently, having been pulled up on his last three outings. Conceroe, having won at Fakenham in November 2022, has been off the course since, but both will spark joyous scenes in the winners’ enclosure at the north Norfolk racecourse should either land the £10,000 contest.

Among rivals could be Imac Wood under Chris Ward for trainer Deborah Cole. A winner of five of his nine chase starts, Imac Wood was last seen winning at Hereford last month while another last time out winner in the line-up may be Tupelo Mississippi, who scored at Kelso for trainer Brian Ellison.

The seven-race card starts at 1.40pm when Good Times Ahead, a course and distance winner in November, has been entered in the Payne Crop Nutrition Selling Hurdle by trainers Jim and Suzi Best.

The same sponsors are responsible for the 2.10pm novice chase for which there are nine entries including Go Fox, a Fakenham winner last summer and second in December for Neil King. Last time winners Ferrybridge, making a possible chasing debut for James Owen, and Donald McCain’s Guillaume, a Catterick winner in December also hold entries.

Nicky Henderson has entered Lady D’Arbanville with Nico de Boinville booked to ride for the 2.40pm novice hurdle, the mare second at Exeter on hurdling debut following a bumper victory at Plumpton in December.

Previous winners West Warhorse, for Ben Brookhouse, Westerninthepark for Anthony Charlton, and Panhandle Slim for McCain may also take their chance.

The 3.40pm Payne Crop Nutrition novice hurdle over three miles has attracted 10 entries including former Fakenham winners For Gina for Lucy Wadham, and Crem Fresh for Barry Brennan. Recent Huntingdon scorer, grey gelding Hermes Le Gris may go for trainer Robbie Llewelyn while King has entered Little Talks, 40/1 when third at Doncaster in January, having previously been third at Fakenham in December at 80/1.

Dan Skelton has two entries in the 4.15pm William Bulwer Long Memorial Hunters’ Chase while Paul Nicholls has Natalie Parker in the saddle on Secret Investor, a winner of eight of his 17 chase starts.

The 4.50pm finale, the Racing TV Open Maiden Flat Race could give Nicholls a great chance should Farland honour his entry, the five-year-old a runner-up on Boxing Day at Aintree.

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