11th Mar 2024

5-Day entries for Woodfordes Race Day, Friday 15th March

SILVER TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT FAKENHAM ON GOLD CUP DAY

Fakenham focusses on silver on Cheltenham Gold Cup day at Friday’s Woodfordes race meeting at the Norfolk course.

Spectators will be able to watch the Cheltenham action on big screens at Fakenham’s fixture where the highlight, less than an hour after the Gold Cup, the blue riband of the National Hunt season, is the racecourse’s Silver Cup Handicap Hurdle over two miles, worth more than £10,000 to the winner.

There are 18 entries for the 4.25pm feature event including two from champion trainer Paul Nicholls’ stable, even though he will surely have bigger fish to fry at the Cheltenham showpiece.

Six-year-old grey gelding Inca De Lafayette was runner-up at Taunton last month after a previous success at the Somerset track while Nicholls’ Rare Middleton is another entry, the five-year-old a Doncaster winner in December.

Peterborough-based trainer Pam Sly is always worth following at Fakenham and her Fransham, a 10-year-old gelding, is a likely contender having been runner-up at Kempton in January. A Fakenham November winner, Ip Up, is also set to take her chance after a Newcastle success and Kelso fourth.

Last time out winners Steel Ally for Sam Thomas and the Micky Hammond trained Coup De Couer, a Sedgefield winner in February, are also among the initial entries.

Friday’s seven-race card opens with the 1.10pm Robert Case Memorial Maiden Hurdle in which Anthony Charlton has two entries in Secret Sauce and Nachtgeist while Stuart Edmunds has entered recent Huntingdon second, Bluegrass.

The 1.45pm Woodfordes Wherry Novice Chase has nine entries with former chase winner Ballylinch, representing Hammond, a likely player along with Evan Williams’ Puddlesinthepark.

Stamina will be key in the 2.25pm Revel Music at Fakenham Racecourse Chase over more than three and a half miles which has garnered nine entries including Fakenham Racing Club’s Conceroe, trained by Ben Case.

The eight-year-old gelding won at Fakenham in November 2022 and returned after a lengthy absence at the course’s most recent meeting, finishing fourth of six.

Case has also entered the consistent Felton Bellevue while former Fakenham winner Rostello could be in the mix for Dr Richard Newland and Jamie Insole.

The 3.05pm Racing TV Hurdle sees Borodale and Awesome Foursome, separated by just a nose at Chepstow in January, both entered while in the 3.45pm Try Woodfordes New Volt IPA Mares’ Hurdle, Edmunds has entered Birdhouse, recently third at Market Rasen and a former Fakenham winner.

Following the 4.25pm feature, racing concludes with the 5.05pm Queens Cup Grassroots Open Hunter Chase in which Dan Skelton has entered last week’s Leicester runner-up Firak.

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