3rd May 2023

5 Day entries for the Snelling Norfolk National Race Day, Tuesday 9th May


Twenty horses have entries in the £30,000 Snellings Norfolk National Handicap Chase, the main event of Fakenham Racecourse’s six-race card on Tuesday (May 9).

Last year’s winner and runner-up Tommie Beau, trained by Seamus Mullins, and Red Happy, from David Pipe’s stable, are both possible starters once again for the 4.20pm feature contest.

Pipe has also entered Duc De Beauchene, a recent Kempton runner-up, and D’Jango, in a three-mile-and-five-furlong contest worth £15,600 to the winner.

Lord Sparky, trained by Stuart Edmunds, won over the same course and distance on New Year’s Day and would be one of the more fancied runners while Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham always has a big Fakenham following and has Bryony Frost booked to ride Midnight Mary, stepping up in trip after a recent runners-up effort at Southwell.

Welsh trainer Evan Williams has entered Kim Eyre, the mare a winner at Stratford at the end of last month where she beat another possible runner, Ali Star Bert, from Shaun Harris’ yard.

Norfolk company Snellings has also sponsored the 2.40pm Snellings Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs for which there are 13 entries including three former Fakenham winners in Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer’s Cloudy Wednesday, Christian Williams’ Joey Steel and The Knot Is Tied, representing Neil King.

Worcestershire-based trainer D J Jeffreys is also eyeing the prize, having entered both Cardboard Gangster and veteran 13-year-old Ben Brody.

The action starts at 2.10pm with the Duke of Lancaster Academy Fakenham Maiden Hurdle in which Milton Harris has two entries, Ikorak, Harry Cobden booked to ride a gelding having his first run for the trainer since moving from Francois Nicolle’s stable in France. Harris also has grey gelding Copshill Lad, a recent Plumpton third when returning after a lengthy break.

There are 16 entered for the 3.10pm Autism in Racing Hurdle in which Nick Schofield is booked to ride Syd Hosie’s Astroman, a recent mover from Mark Walford’s yard and a recent Wetherby second.

The 3.45pm Jarrold Ladies Day Sunday June 4 Selling Hurdle sees Olly Murphy’s March Fakenham winner Weebil in the entries as is Joe Ponting’s Gavin, runner-up last time at Taunton.

The intriguing card closes with the 4.55pm three-mile Maiden Hunter Chase for the Turner Trophy in which trainer Philip Rowley has entered both multiple point winners Forest Chimes and Slievegar.

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