MURPHY’S EYES SET ON ANOTHER BUMPER FAKENHAM PAY DAY
Trainers Olly Murphy, Lucy Wadham and Evan Willams have terrific records at Fakenham and all three look keen to add to their success at the Weatherbys Raceday meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, November 16).
Murphy has a strong hand and could start the day with success with his four-year-old filly Auditoria in the opening 12.10pm mares’ novice hurdle. The filly has been a runner-up three times, including at Fakenham at the last meeting.
Trainer Alex Hales puts up Harry Bannister on Southwell bumper winner Pollypocket while Plumpton runner-up on hurdling debut Miss Mulligan goes for George Scott and debutant Terresita runs under Bryony Frost for Wadham.
Murphy has another hopeful in Salley Gardens in the 1.15pm Peter Charter Memorial Hurdle, Katie O’Farrell riding last week’s Huntingdon winner.
Railway Muice goes for Sarah Humphrey, the gelding fourth at Wincanton after October victories at Huntingdon while Tom O’Brien rides the Milton Harris trained Presenting Yeats, third at Taunton after scoring at Hereford and Warwick.
In the finale Murphy has two debutants in the 3.30pm Newcomers Bumper, Aidan Coleman on grey filly Rio Silva and Fergus Gregory on Secret Trix. Seven go in the largest field on the card, which despite small fields, looks competitive.
Feature event at 3pm is the £15,000 Weatherbys Hamilton Novice Chase in which all five have a shout.
Philip Hobbs runs Huntingdon winner No Comment under Tom O’Brien while Pam Sly has Paul O’Brien in the saddle on Xcitations, the six-year-old a recent Huntingdon second and a previous Fakenham scorer over hurdles.
Jack Andrews rides Ben Case’s The Golden Rebel, Tom Cannon partners Alan King’s Chepstow scorer Major Dundee and Adam Wedge rides Evan Williams’ Quai De Neuf.
Wedge and Willams probably have higher hopes with Sabbathical in the 1.50pm Weatherbys Handicap Chase, the six-year-old a Ffos Las second. Rivals include Frost on Wadham’s Little Light, sixth at Bangor on her return after wind surgery, and The Some Dance Kid for trainer Donald McCain.
The 2.25pm British Racing School mares hurdle sees Frost and Wadham run Sorbet, third at Ludlow in October. Her rivals include the Stuart Edmunds trained Megan, fourth last time before undergoing wind surgery, and Voice of Calm for Emma Lavelle.
Conditional jockeys get their chance in the 12.40pm Racing Partnership Chase in which favourites will be Bill and Barn, Kevin Jones for Milton Harris on the recent Plumpton winner and Rebel Leader, Cillin Leonard for Dr Richard Newland on his winner at Stratford and Perth this season.