10th Nov 2022

5 Day entries for The Weatherbys Race Day – 15th November


Horses returning to Fakenham invariably do well at the north Norfolk course and a trio who fit the bill are among initial entries for the seven-race Weatherbys Raceday card at the course on Tuesday.

The valuable Racing TV Mares’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles at 2.22pm sees the possible return of the Sam Drinkwater trained Sawpit Sienna, winner of the Greene King IPA Mares Hurdle at the last meeting on October 26.

Among her rivals could be two other last time winners, Princess T, a grey mare who won at Hereford for Neil Mulholland and Mullenbeg, for Milton Harris, the mare a Plumpton winner a fortnight ago.

In the 1.52pm Gazza UK Tour for BCCT Novice Handicap Hurdle, Fine By Her, trained by Julian Smith, returns to Fakenham where she won over course and distance in May. Main rivals could be Mulholland’s Universal Island and Phil Kirby’s northern raider, My Strong Man.

When running in the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle at Fakenham on October 14, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Blended Stealth was beaten into second spot by Cobbs Corner. The gelding is entered to make his chasing debut in the 2.52pm Weatherbys Hamilton Novice Chase for which there are 12 initial entries, including Evan Williams’ Welsh raider Prime Pretender, a recent Ffos Las runner-up.

The action begins early at 12.20pm with the Greshams Prep Racing To School Today Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase over three miles.

Laura Morgan has entered Matchmaking for his second attempt over the larger obstacles, his first seeing him runner-up at Southwell in October. Another contender could be Sarah Humphreys’ Le Tuer, having his first run for the trainer since a move from Peter Bowen’s stable.

Only six initial entries have been received for the 12.52pm Fakenham Junior NH Fillies’ Hurdle over two miles and they include four debutants under rules. Of those that have run before, Dan Skelton has Ygritte, a grey filly third on debut at Wetherby.

The 1.22pm Weatherbys Handicap Chase sees Oliver Greenall’s Gouet Des Bruyeres as a possible runner, the gelding runner-up at Ludlow following a Southwell success while Emma-Jane Bishop has entered Master Malcolm, the gelding part of the void race at Bangor in October, having previous won twice at Fontwell.

There are eight debutants entered in the finale, the 3.22pm Racing TV Newcomers NH Flat race incuding Shinji from the formidable flat racing stable of Roger Varian.

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