18th Dec 2021

Declared Runners for Christmas Meeting on Sunday 19th December


‘Tis the season to be jolly at Fakenham Racecourse on Sunday with a competitive seven-race card expected to attract a large crowd for top-class pre-Christmas sport.

The meeting is highlighted by the £17,500 feature race at 2.50pm., the Paddocks Cheveley Chase in which seven are set to go.

The fixture could be another bumper Fakenham prize day for Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham and rider Bryony Frost, who have already scooped major victories at the course this season.

In the feature they are represented by eight-year-old Admiral Barrantry, who won over course and distance 11 months ago. However, there is stiff opposition from Tiquer, Not A Role Model and Sir Jack Yeats.

Veteran Tiquer, now 13, under Daryl Jacob for trainer Joe Ponting, has targeted the contest since winning at Southwell in November. Sam Thomas’ Not A Role Model, on whom Thomas Doggrell takes off seven pounds, was runner-up last time at Chepstow while Sir Jack Yeats, under James Bowen for Richard Spencer, last won at Fakenham in October 2020.

Wadham and Frost have Code Name Lise in the opening maiden hurdle at 12.20pm., the mare making her hurdling debut after finishing third in a Cheltenham flat race. Tom Cannon rides Alan King’s Cool Stone, a Wincanton runner-up, while Emma Lavelle’s Shiroccy Road was fifth in that same Wincanton contest.

At 12.50pm Wadham and Frost run Connie Wilde although a more likely winner of the Mares’ Handicap Chase is Harry Bannister’s mount, for trainer Julian Smith, Diamond Rose, recently fifth at Ludlow.

Nicky Henderson has the likely favourite for the 1.20pm Maiden Hurdle in the Nico De Boinville ridden Commodore Miller, making a hurdling debut after finishing fourth in a Sandown bumper. Conceroe, third on hurdling debut at Kelso,  looks to give Jack Andrews and trainer Ben Case high hopes while Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer legs up Fergus Gregory on another hurdling debutant, Time Please.

Welsh trainer Christian Williams loves bringing horses to Fakenham, despite the miles, and his Uno Mas, under Ellis Collier, will be well supported in his bid to make it four wins on the bounce. The gelding scored at Huntingdon, Aintree and Ffos Las over hurdles and now switches to fences for the 1.50pm Christmas Cracker Staying Chase. Jony Max, under Jack Tudor, represents the same stable.

Eight go in the 2.20pm Handicap Hurdle with Henderson and De Boinville starting Lelantos, a recent Southwell winner, a cracking field of 13 line-up in the closing 3.20pm Handicap Hurdle, including Stratford winner Al Kherb under Sarah Bowen.

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