14th Nov 2022

Declared Runners for Weatherbys Raceday Tuesday 15th November


Sabbathical, a seven-year-old gelding, returns to Fakenham tomorrow (Tuesday) in a bid to repeat his success in the 2021 Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Handicap Chase a year on.

Trained in Wales by Evan Williams, and ridden by Adam Wedge, Sabbathical carried 12 stone one pound in 2021 and in Tuesday’s seven-race Weatherbys Raceday meeting at the north Norfolk course, goes for a repeat shouldering a pound less.

He faces six opponents in the 1.22pm contest, headed by Gouet Des Bruyeres under Toby Wynne for Oliver Greenall, and the Emma-Jane Baker trained Master Malcolm.

The former was runner-up at Ludlow last month following an earlier Southwell victory while Master Malcolm was involved in the recent void race at Bangor after ending the previous season with two successes.

Feature race at 2.22pm is the Racing TV Mares’ Handicap Hurdle worth £13,500 in which likely favourite is the Milton Harris trained Mullenbeg under Mitch Bastyan. The dual bumper winner struck at Plumpton for a first hurdles success last month and she makes major appeal on her handicap debut.

Neil Mulholland’s Princess T has won at both Worcester and Hereford recently and is the main threat while Sam Drinkwater’s Sawpit Sienna won at Fakenham three weeks ago but faces a tougher task at the weights, this time around.

The card starts with the 12.20pm Greshams Prep Conditional Jockeys’ Chase in which Release The Kraken has a first run for trainer Laura Morgan, having previously been with Nicky Richards. Similarly Le Tuer makes his debut for Sarah Humphrey after leaving Peter Bowen’s stable while previous Fakenham winner Joey Steel returns for Welsh trainer Christian Williams.

Four fillies contest the 12.52pm fillies’ hurdle with Dan Skelton’s Ygritte tackling three debutants. Ygritte, a grey, was third on her debut at Wetherby.

Christian Williams has Camulus topping the weights for the 1.52pm novice handicap hurdle, the gelding third at Ascot last time while, if taking her chance, Annie Day will have a seven-pound penalty to overcome as a result of her success at Fontwell on Sunday.

The Wedge and Evan Williams combination will be hoping for success in the 2.52pm Weatherbys Hamilton Novice Chase with Prime Pretender, runner-up at Ffos Las a week ago while among the six runners is the Fakenham Racing Club runner Conceroe, third at the course on seasonal re-appearance three weeks ago.

The closing 3.22pm bumper features six newcomers including Shinji from the powerful predominantly flat racing stable of trainer Roger Varian.

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