25th Oct 2022

Declared Runners for the Greene King Raceday, Wednesday 26th October


Jockey Gavin Sheehan could be the man to follow when Fakenham Racecourse stages its Greene King Raceday, its second meeting of the National Hunt Racing season tomorrow (Wednesday).

Sheehan, currently seventh in the jockeys’ championship list with 28 winners, has good chances in four contests on the six-race card which starts at 1.50pm.

In the 2.25pm Wolferton Maiden Hurdle, Sheehan rides the Jamie Snowden trained Milldam. Making a hurdling debut, Milldam ran well on the flat in France and was bought for £145,000. Unplaced in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival, Milldam is expected to fare much better in the calmer waters of a Fakenham maiden.

Main rivals are Gallpoade under Henry Brooke for Warren Greatrex, the dual bumper winner making a hurdling debut, and Donaire under Jordan Nailor for Nigel Twiston-Davies, runner-up at Stratford a couple of weeks ago.

Sheehan is on another hot favourite when partnering the Archie Watson trained Al Zaraqaan in the closing Greene King IPA Handicap Hurdle at 4.45pm. The five-year-old seeks a hat-trick after winning at Newton Abbott in August before taking the H M Drottningen Prix in Sweden the following month.

Saligo Bay, third at Windsor on the flat earlier this month, for trainer Gary Moore, and stable-mate Legal Rights, could prove the main threats.

The £15,000 3.35pm feature contest, The Sandringham Mares’ Novice Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs, has attracted a quartet of runners and Sheehan rides outsider of the party, Howdilyoudo, again for Snowden.

Likely favourite is Dan Skelton’s Dazzling Glory under Tristan Durrell, a Hereford runner-up who previously scored at Fontwell. Jedd O’Keeefe runs Fairfield Ferrata, making a chasing debut, while Emma Lavelle’s My Silver Lining completes the line-up, another making a chasing debut.

Sheehan’s ride in the opening Greene King IPA Novice Chase is the Chris Gordon trained  Who Is That, a Plumpton runner-up. Just three go in the contest, headed by Fergal O’Brien’s Getthepot who made all to land a Huntingdon contest earier this month.

Six contest the 3pm Anmer Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle in which two-time French flat winner Toute Chic goes under Max Kendrick for trainer Jonjo O’Neill.

At 4.10pm eight go in the Greene King IPA Mares’ Handicap Hurdle in which favourite will be Cluain Aodha, Neil King’s mare runner-up in her last three races, the last time being pipped by a short head at Warwick.

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