11th Apr 2024

Declared Runners for the Fakenham / Aintree Special Raceday on Friday 12th April


Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer received the applause at Fakenham’s Easter Monday race meeting when her eight-year-old gelding Cloudy Wednesday won the three-mile chase.

At Fakenham’s additional meeting, its ‘Aintree/Fakenham Special’ on Friday, Fryer returns to that scene of success to run her horse in a two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle.

Fakenham confirmed the extra meeting on Tuesday and hopes spectators will attend the course where they can also watch live action from Aintree on big screens.

Cloudy Wednesday, with Lewis Stones again booked to ride the gelding running off the same winning mark, is favourite for the 3.10pm Racing TV Novice Limited Handicap Hurdle in which he faces six rivals.

Among them are Saint Jaguen under Connor Brace for Fergal O’Brien, the gelding fifth last time at Hereford, and Clararose, Dan Skelton’s mare third on hurdles debut at Warwick but since disappointing in three contests.

The six-race card opens at 2pm with the Racing TV Just £12 Per Month Maiden Hurdle in which Diamond Koda is market leader. The Nick Kent trained gelding was second four times before unseating his rider at the first flight at Market Rasen. Main rivals are Dr Richard Newland’s Get A Superstar and Gavin Sheehan’s mount Big Cheese. Trained by Jamie Snowden, Big Cheese won on the flat for trainer Ed Bethell and makes a hurdling debut.

A field of five contest the 2.35pm Huge Savings At Racing TV Chase with Sheehan on board the Richard Hobson trained Ingennio, another winner at the north Norfolk venue on Easter Monday. Only four rivals go but all have chances, including Lucy Wadham’s Scene One, a course winner in November, Jack’s Touch, Sara Humphrey’s course winner in December 2019, Jigginstown King, Oliver Signy’s course winner in May, and Do No Wrong, bidding for a hat-trick after a seven-month break following two last summer successes at Uttoxeter.

Humphrey has a major chance in the 3.45pm Horsepwr.co.uk For Welfare Facts and Information Hurdle with The Wise Traveller, absent since a Huntingdon win in November. Shengai Enki for Newland and Neil Mulholland’s The Bold Thady, runner-up at Plumpton 12 days ago, are the threats.

The second chase, at 4.20pm sees Harriet Dickin run favourite El Muchacho, a winner of his first race for Dickin at Plumpton on Easter Monday. Key rivals will be Henry Oliver’s Coastguard Station, dropping down in grade, and Humphrey’s veteran, Templier, a Fakenham winner in November 2021.

The closing bumper (National Hunt flat race) at 4.55pm sees Paul Nicholls’ Bond Broker, seventh on debut at Fontwell in January, the favourite with Mick Appleby’s Midnight Sting also a major player.

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