BRYONY ON BOARD AS ADMIRAL SETS SAIL IN THE FEATURE
All eyes will be on Bryony Frost as she tries to continue her cracking form at Fakenham on Friday (Feb 19) when she partners Admiral Barratry in the £16,000 feature, the Tim Barclay Memorial Handicap Chase at 3.42pm.
Frost teamed up with the eight-year-old gelding, trained at Newmarket by Lucy Wadham, at the last Fakenham meeting when landing the King’s Lynn Chase.
Admiral Barratry is Frost’s only ride on the seven-race card on which the feature has attracted 10 runners.
Premiumaccess under Harry Cobden for Colin Tizzard was a Wincanton runner-up in January after a Huntingdon success while Risk and Roll goes for jockey Stan and his father, trainer Matt, Sheppard. The gelding won his last two starts, both Hunter Chases, at Stratford and Leicester.
The Dubai Wing, under Harry Bannister for Charlie Mann, is a nine-year-old who pulled up last time at Ludlow following placings at Sandown and Fontwell at the turn of the year.
The Sheppards could have a good day. In the 2.12pm Holt Selling Hurdle they run All Good Things, runner-up at Ffos Las following victory at Bangor. Chief rival looks like the Andy Irvine trained Devious Dicks Dame under James Davies. The mare won at Plumpton in November.
The 2.42pm Sculthorpe Novice Chase sees the Sheppards run Organised Solutions, the seven-year-old having had wind surgery since winning a point-to-point. Kap Auteuil is the main threat, Toby Lawes’ six-year-old a Plumpton runner-up in January.
Opening contest at 1.42pm is the Helhoughton Novice Hurdle in which Hereford runner-up Winds of Fire, a recent Sedgefield scorer, goes for Evan Williams under Adam Wedge. Main opposition looks like Blame The Game, an Ascot runner-up in December for Chris Gordon.
There are only four declared for the 3.12pm novice hurdle and two horses from top stables could fight out the finish. Captain Morgs sees Nico de Boinville in the saddle for trainer Nicky Henderson on a gelding runner-up at Kempton in November after an Ascot success.
David Pipe has a fine record in north Norfolk and has Tom Scudamore on board Gericault Rogue, a Plumpton scorer in January on his first run after a wind operation.
Nine go in the William Bulwer Long Memorial Hunter Chase at 4.15pm in which Bridget Andrews rides Dubai Quest, trained by her brother-in-law Tom Ellis, while the finale is the six-runner Fakenham Maiden bumper at 4.45pm, in which Barrowmount is favourite for Kevin Jones and trainer Seamus Mullins, having finished third at Fontwell last time.