8th Apr 2023

Declared Runners for the Aldiss Family Race Day on Easter Monday


Three horses whose paths have already crossed this season will fight it out for the £30,000 Aldiss Furnishings Stores Veterans Chase for the David Keith Memorial Cup in front on an anticipated bumper Easter Monday crowd at Fakenham racecourse.

A quartet will take part in the three-mile chase with favourite Cyclop, a 12-year-old gelding, bidding to complete a four-timer for Banbury-based trainer David Dennis, who this campaign has had eight winners from 94 runners.

Cyclop has won eight of his 40 career chases, the most recent at Newbury, three weeks after a previous success at the Berkshire course. Earlier he had landed a similar event at Musselburgh.

In his most recent Newbury contest, Cyclop, who will be ridden by seven-pound claimer Ned Fox, finished ahead of Boldmere and that Alex Hales trained 10-year-old also takes his chance under Harry Bannister. His previous run saw him win at Doncaster where another rival for the big Fakenham Easter prize, Fidux, trained by Alan King, was runner-up.

The quartet, who fight it out at 4.17pm., are completed by another King runner, Senior Citizen, the 10-year-old last out six at Exeter in February following a December win at Doncaster.

Trainer Olly Murphy likes nothing more than a successful journey from Stratford to north Norfolk and he holds good chances on the seven-race card which starts at 1.57pm with the Fisher Electrical Maiden Hurdle. Only three race and honours should go to the Milton Harris trained Havaila, third at Ascot eight days ago.

Murphy has Enduring Love under Daire Davis in the 2.32pm Bruce Towers and Sons Selling Chase, the gelding second at Fakenham on New Year’s Day although likely favourite will be Sam England’s Sir Apollo, a Sedgefield runner-up.

Murphy and Davis have Made For You, a Market Rasen runner-up, in the 3.42pm Seniors’ Hurdle where previous Fakenham runners Swaffham Bulbeck and Thirtyfourstitches may offer challenges while in the closing 5.27pm mares’ bumper, Murphy legs up Fergus Gregory on one of six newcomers in the 12-runners contest, Floating Line. However, Bridget Andrews on Dan Skelton’s Omaha Wish, a Warwick third, is likely to take all the beating.

Most competitive contest is the 3.07pm Cecil and Sheila Buttifant Memorial Hurdle where Lucy Wadham runs East End Girl. Former Fakenham winner Sawpit Sienna and Coastal Sun, making a debut for trainer Jamie Snowden, are also considered.

The 4.52pm Queen’s Cup Hunter Chase features six runners including Warwick winner Firak under Sean O’Connor for trainer Nick Pearce.

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