5th May 2024

Declared Runners for the Gamble Norfolk National Race Day, Tuesday 7th May


New champion jump jockey Harry Cobden, who took the crown a fortnight ago with a tally of 164 winners, has a five-strong book of chances at Fakenham’s race meeting on Tuesday.

The £25,000 Gamble Plant Norfolk National Chase is the feature of the six-race card, the penultimate fixture of the north Norfolk racecourse’s 2023/24 season.

Eight have been declared for the three miles and five furlongs stamina test, off at 4.20pm., including three from Welsh trainer Christian Williams’ Bridgend stables.

Cobden rides Williams’ Planned Paradise while last year’s race runner-up Jony Max, is partnered by Elizabeth Gale, claiming seven pounds. Williams’ trio is completed by the Nick Schofield ridden Strictlyadancer.

Early market leader is the Lucy Wadham trained 11-year-old Trincomalee, looking to give seven-pound claimer Dylan Whelan the biggest win of his young career while there has also been support for Court Master. Bryan Carver partners the Neil Mulholland trained 11-year-old, sixth last time in a big field, class two contest at Cheltenham.

Cobden partners David Pipe’s Man Again in the opening 2.15pm Racing TV Selling Handicap Hurdle, the gelding having a second run after wind surgery. Also interesting is L’Impertinent, who unseated his rider last time and goes under Toby Wynne for training partnership Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero.

Cobden rides for his boss Paul Nicholls in the 2.45pm Book Your Skips Online Mares’ Maiden Hurdle and six-year-old Seeyouinmydreams looks to have a favourite’s chance after an earlier Newbury victory. La Gomera for Alex Hales and Jackeline for Seamus Mullins, third last time at Chepstow, look the main rivals.

The Greene King Handicap Chase at 3.15pm looks perfect for top weight William Ewart, the gelding trained by Williams who has been third in his last three races at Warwick, Plumpton and Wincanton. King’s Justice for Sam Allwood and School For Scandal, Cobden riding for Joe Tickle, are the key threats.

Arguably the most competitive race is the 3.45pm Jarrold Ladies Day Sunday 2 June Novice Hurdle in which Gary Moore runs likely favourite Jolyjump, a recent Taunton winner. Cobden teams up with Nicholls’ Soir De Gala, third at Exeter after a Taunton success, while Tip Top Tonto, a winner at Fakenham’s previous meeting, goes again for Dr Richard Newland.

After the marathon ‘National’, racing concludes with the 4.55pm Jumping For Fun Hunter Chase for the Turner Trophy. Four go, with Trevada, Zak Baker riding for Francesca Poste, the market leader.

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