14th Oct 2022

Declared Runners for the Paddy Power Race meeting on Friday 14th October


Leicestershire-based trainer Laura Morgan is enjoying a cracking 2022/2023 National Hunt racing season and she bids to add a double to her tally when Fakenham starts its new season on Friday.

Morgan, based at Waltham on-the-Wolds near Melton Mowbray, has already had 19 winners from 89 runners this season and looks to Fakenham’s opening day feature, the £30,000 Paddy Power Handicap Chase over three miles at 2.05pm to add to her tally.

She runs eight-year-old gelding The Vollan under Adam Wedge, the likely favourite in the eight-runner contest, the horse having scored at Kelso earlier this month, so incurring a seven-pound penalty. Even so The Vollan is more than capable of adding to his four wins from 12 chase starts.

Main rivals are Spiritofthegames and Tommie Beau. Harry Skelton rides for brother Dan on the former, the 10-year-old off since finishing fifth in the Topham Chase at the Grand National meeting in April.

Tommie Beau needs no introduction to Fakenham, the seven-year-old having won the Snellings Norfolk National in May for trainer Seamus Mullins. Tommie Beau has also won twice at Fakenham over three miles, last October and May.

Morgan and Wedge have a favourite’s chance in the 3.15pm Paddy Power Novice Handicap Hurdle with Sparkling Dawn. Previously with Richard Hawker, the 10-year-old grey mare was second at Southwell in her first run for Morgan.

Bells of Stamford, a last time winner at Ayr, goes for trainer Tim Vaughan while also in the field is Anger Management for trainer John Ryan, a Huntingdon winner 10 days ago.

Jockey Bryony Frost and trainer Lucy Wadham are respected at the north Norfolk track and in the 2.40pm Paddy Power Novice Hurdle they have East End Girl making her debut in a race in which favourite is Nigel Twiston-Davis’ Matata under Daryl Jacob, the gelding making his rules debut after winning a point at Tallow in February.

The opening 1.30pm Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle sees the Ian Williams trained Sophesc bid for a hat-trick. Charlie Todd partners the gelding who won at Warwick in September and who is two from two over hurdles.

Olly Murphy has Bobby Socks under Aidan Coleman in the 3.50pm Anglia Cars Auctions Maiden Hurdle the gelding seeking compensation after unseating his rider at the first at Uttoxeter.

The 4.25pm finale, the Paddy Power Novice Handicap Chase, features five headed by Oceans Red trained by Oliver Greenall. The gelding has won three of his six chases, including last time out at Sedgefield.

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