30th Dec 2021

Declared Runners for New Year’s Day Race Meeting


Jockey Tom Scudamore, one of the most successful and experienced current riders, forsakes the New Year’s Day meeting at Cheltenham to take four engagements at Fakenham on Saturday.

Scudamore is no stranger to north Norfolk where he has often teamed up with trainer David Pipe to rattle up the winners.

And it is for Pipe that Scudamore rides six-year-old gelding Bashful Boy in the 2.30pm feature, the £20,000 Fakenham Racecourse Handicap Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles.

Bashful Boy won at Fontwell in March for trainer Suzi Best but joined Pipe’s Somerset-based stable and in a first effort for his new trainer, was third at Wincanton.

He faces 10 rivals including Dr Richard Newland’s Feivel under Charlie Hammond and Ray’s The One, representing Gary Moore, under Niall Houlihan. Feivel won at Hexham on December 8 and Ray’s The One scored at Fontwell the previous day, so both are in top form.

Scudamore has a top chance in the closing 3.40pm Racing Partnership Handicap Hurdle on Warren Greatrex’s Henscke, runner-up at both Fontwell earlier this month and Plumpton in November. Main threats are Lucy Wadham’s Terresita, a winner on hurdling debut at Fakenham in November, and The Knot is Tied, under Jack Andrews for trainer Neil King, the seven-year-old a Fakenham scorer in October.

Hidor De Bersy from Tom Symonds’ yard is Scudamore’s ride in the 1.20pm New Year’s Day Maiden Hurdle, the gelding third last time at Uttoxeter. Rivals include Menin Gate for Archie Watson, third on hurdling debut and Heron Creek for Hammond and Dr Newland.

Scudamore partners Neil Mulholland’s Maliboo in the 1.55pm Wells Novice Chase although it looks as though Wales-based trainer Christian Williams is targeting the day’s chasing prizes.

He runs Jony Max under Jack Tudor, third behind stablemate Uno Mas at the pre-Christmas Fakenham meeting while Animal also has a chance for trainer Suzi Smith.

Williams has Barden Bella in the 3.05pm Mares’ Chase, the mare a course and distance winner in May and more recently runner-up at Ffos Las. Key rivals are Richenda Ford’s Leave My Alone, a Fakenham winner a year ago, and Nick Gifford’s Furia D’Oudairies.

Williams also has two of the seven in the line-up for the opening 12.45pm Amateur Jockeys’ Chase with Primal Focus, a recent Wincanton winner and Powerful Position.

Wymondham-based trainer Caroline Fryer has Goodnight Charlie, while Summit Like Herbie could score for Nigel Twiston-Davies, the gelding a November winner at Doncaster.

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