27th Jan 2021

Declared Runners for Thursdays 28th January Race Meeting

NATIONAL DUO READY FOR CHEERS IF WHISKY CAN REPEAT HIS SUCCESS

Fakenham racecourse needs to pass a 7.30am inspection on Thursday before its seven-race card can go ahead. The last meeting at the course had to be abandoned but officials are hopeful for the meeting which has attracted 69 runners.

Feature is the £15,000 King’s Lynn Chase at 1.55pm in which Welsh Grand National winning trainer and jockey combination Evan Williams and Adam Wedge have Golden Whisky, bidding to defy a seven-pound penalty.

The eight-year-old won last week at Ludlow and is tipped to follow-up with victory over eight rivals. They include Corrany and Aintree My Dream, the former representing trainer Nicky Henderson, whose gelding’s only previous chase ended with him unseating his rider four out at Doncaster in November.

Aintree My Dream, under Paddy Brennan for Milton Harris, has a chance after finishing second at Sandown and Lingfield on his last two outings.

Biggest line-up sees 14 go in the 3.35pm Gateley Hurdle in which Jonjo O’Neill saddles Frisco Bay under Kevin Brogan. The six-year-old was second at Huntingdon in December.

After The Fox and Midnight Glance look main rivals. The former, ridden by Chester Williams, was a Warwick winner on New Year’s Eve while Tom Cannon rides Alan King’s Midnight Glance, third at Fontwell after two Plumpton victories in November.

The meeting opener at 12.53pm is the Hunstanton Selling Chase in which trainer Harris has two of the eight contenders in Magic River and Away For Slates.

Likely favourite is Imperial Nemesis under Sam Twiston-Davies for his father Nigel, the gelding returning to chasing after running second in a Ffos Las hurdle last time.

The third chase sees eight mares contest the Brancaster Chase at 3pm headed by Barden Bella for Christian Williams. The mare won at Catterick on chase debut just after Christmas although faces a tough challenge from Leave My Alone, for trainer Richenda Ford, the mare runner-up at Fakenham in January.

Tonyx for Amy Murphy and Kildimo for David Jeffreys were second and third at Catterick on hurdle debuts in January and re-oppose in the 1.23pm RMA Sandhurst Louts Maiden Hurdle, while six go in the 2.28pm Tote Mares’ Hurdle headed by the Fergal O’Brien trained Yauthym, third at Uttoxeter in October.

The 4.05pm finale, the Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle, sees Madera Mist try to follow up a Cheltenham success in December for trainer Tim Vaughan. Richard Bandey’s First Assembly looks the main danger under Niall Houlihan.

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