15th Mar 2023

Declared Runners for the Country Food Trust Race Day on Friday 17th March


Fans favourite Bryony Frost and fellow top jockeys Gavin Sheehan and Aidan Coleman bypass the final day of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday for rides in Fakenham’s seven-race Country Food Trust Raceday.

While the eyes of the National Hunt world will be on the Gold Cup at Cheltenham, Fakenham stages its Silver Cup Hurdle, the £25,000 feature at 3.45pm.

Spectators will not only get the chance to watch seven races but can also follow the Cheltenham action on big screens at the north Norfolk venue.

The Country Food Trust Fakenham Silver Cup Hurdle over two miles is headed by Coleman’s mount, Parramount, a seven-year-old gelding trained by Charlie Longsdon. Parramount’s most recent run saw him win at Doncaster in January.

Big Boy Bobby also holds a chance, the five-year-old gelding under Tom Bellamy for trainer Alan King runner-up at Kempton in December after an earlier Huntingdon victory.

Frost partners Rare Middleton for champion trainer Paul Nicholls while No No Tonic will be looking to go one better than two recent Chepstow runner-up efforts.

Old Fakenham favourites Haafapiece and five-times Fakenham winner Glimpse of Gold, trained by Sarah Humphrey, are also among the nine-strong field.

The action starts with the 1pm Country Food Trust Claiming Hurdle which looks like a rematch between two horses third and fourth when they clashed at Leicester in February. Olly Murphy’s Weebil was third and had Us And Them behind and they are likely to fight it out again with Weeble a pound better off. At the weights.

Five go for the Prince Carlton Cup at 1.40pm in the GB Driveways Surfacing Norfolk and Suffolk Novice Chase with Frost riding Lucy Wadham’s Brandisova, successful at Fakenham in February over hurdles rather than the bigger obstacles.

Sheehan rides Oliver Signy’s Mad About Sally while Sly’s Mixed Wave is bidding for a hat-trick after scoring at Market Rasen and Leicester.

Nothing To Chance under Bellamy for King looks good in the 2.20pm Robert Case Memorial Hurdle after an Exeter second while five go in the 3pm Lightdoor Limited Cheveley Chase. Humphrey’s Le Tuer will be fancied after two seconds at Fakenham, main rival being Murphy’s Enduring Love, also a previous Fakenham runner-up.

Ciaran Gethings takes the ride on Stuart Edmunds’ Pride of Hawridge, favourite for the 4.20pm Walter Wales Memorial while the closing Robert Hoare Memorial Hunter Chase sees Gina Andrews on Mister Whitaker, a likely challenger to favourite Bennys King, trained by Dan Skelton.

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