26th Oct 2021

Declared Runners for the Greene King Raceday – Wednesday 27th October

NICHOLLS HOPING STREET IS ON THE ROAD TO FAKENHAM GLORY

Top trainers Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Alan King all have live chances of collecting prizemoney when Fakenham Racecourse stages its second meeting of the 2021/22 National Hunt season tomorrow (Wednesday).

The feature Greene King IPA Novice Chase over two miles at 2.40pm has just four runners and Nicholls, who with Henderson has shared the champion trainer honours since 2005/6, has the favourite, Atholl Street.

With jockey Harry Cobden wearing the colours of Grand National winning owner Trevor Hemmings, who recently passed away, the six-year-old gelding looks to make a winning debut over the larger obstacles after two hurdles successes at Taunton.

Main rival is Sam Twiston-Davies’ mount Paddys Motorbike from Sam Thomas’ yard. He is another chase debutant after finishing fifth in a high-class Ascot hurdle following wins at Huntingdon and Uttoxeter.

Brian Hughes partners Donald McCain’s Cenotice, who has the benefit of chasing experience, having won over fences at Perth in July while outsider Storm Rising completes the quartet.

Brewers Greene King sponsor two further contests. The 3.15pm handicap hurdle sees eight line-up with Vocal Duke for Toby Lawes having to defy a four-pound rise  after winning at Uttoxeter earlier this month.

Ottavio for Dr Richard Newland and Sarah Humphrey’s Glimpse of Gold, look key rivals, the latter having previously run at Fakenham seven times, winning on three occasions.

The finale, the 3.50pm Greene King IPA Novice Chase has eight runners including Achy Breaky Heart for Milton Harris, the mare a Huntingdon chase and Plumpton hurdles winner this month.

Tommie Beau makes a chasing debut after a trio of hurdle wins in May while Seemingly So could go well on a second start for Laura Morgan, the first ending in a fall at Perth when travelling well.

Nicholls has a top chance with Hermes Bellevue in the opening 12.55pm maiden hurdle. Having his first start for Nicholls, rivals include King’s Grandeur D’ame, a good bumper horse with Oliver Sherwood.

The 1.30pm Mares’ Novice Chase looks between Henderson’s chase debutant Barbados Blue and Sherwood’s Makety. The former was third over the Market Rasen hurdles when last seen while Makety has winning chasing form, having scored at Worcester in September.

Biggest field sees nine in the 2.05pm fillies’ juvenile hurdle with Harris running Aliomaana who fell at the last when leading at Perth only to return and win 18 days later. The Yellow Mini, blinkered for the first time, and King’s debutant Kalma, look interesting rivals.

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