14th Feb 2024

Declared Runners for the Payne Crop Nutrition Raceday, Friday 16th February

COBDEN LOOKING FOR FAKENHAM WINNERS IN HIS PUSH TO BE THE CHAMPION

Harry Cobden, neck and neck in the race for the 2023/24 jump jockeys’ championship with Sean Bowen, has five fancied rides when Fakenham stages its Payne Crop Nutrition Race Day on Friday.

Cobden, stable jockey to champion trainer Paul Nicholls, like Bowen, has never been crowned champion and the two are more than 30 winners clear of current champion Brian Hughes in the current standings.

In the day’s feature, the 3.10pm Tim Barclay Memorial Chase, Cobden rides Tupelo Mississippi for Brian Ellison and the nine-year-old, a winner last time out at Kelso, could see off his five rivals. They include Fakenham Racing Club’s Ben Case trained Conceroe, off the course since scoring in north Norfolk in November 2022.

Tom Cannon partners Lucy Wadham’s Pearly Island, recently third at Warwick, while Chris Ward rides Imac Wood, a winner of five of his nine chases, including at Hereford last month.

Cobden rides for Ellison in the 2.10pm Payne Crop Nutrition novice chase, partnering Dream Jet. Two making their chasing debuts are James Owen’s Ferrybridge, a Newcastle hurdles winner in December and Tom Gretton’s One Last Chance. Previous Fakenham winner Go Fox goes for Neil King having also finished runner-up at the course in December.

The opening Payne Crop Nutrition Selling Hurdle at 1.40pm sees Cobden on Triple Nickel although favourite is Good Times Ahead for Suzi and Jim Best.

Four run in the 2.40pm novice hurdle with Cobden on Anthony Charlton’s Westerninthepark, a recent Plumpton winner. West Warhorse, a Fakenham winner in December, returns for trainer Ben Brookhouse while Isabel Williams rides Patriotik for her father Evan, the horse making his rules debut. The quartet is completed by Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer’s Most Agreeable.

Cobden’s best ride of the day could come in the 4.50pm finale, the bumper, riding Nicholls’ Farland, runner-up on debut at Aintree. Gary Moore’s Lumi Plugin was fifth on debut at Fontwell with other threats coming from four debutants, including the filly Kissogram for Rae Guest.

Biggest field of the day sees eight in the 4.15pm William Bulwer Long Memorial Hunters’ Chase in which all eyes will be on Tigerbythetail ridden by Gina Andrews. The gelding has won seven out of eight point-to-point contests.

Earlier, at 3.40pm., seven contest the Payne Crop Nutrition novice hurdle including previous course winners Crem Fresh and For Gina. Recent Huntingdon winner Hermes Le Gris takes his chance as does Little Talks, 40/1 when third at Doncaster in January having been 80/1 when third at Fakenham in December.

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