19th Nov 2023

Delared Runners for the Greene King Raceday, Tuesday 21st November


Lilly Pinchin, star of the last race meeting at Fakenham, returns on Tuesday, eight days later, and bids to go one better.

Pinchin grabbed a double on November 13 but at the course’s Greene King Raceday seven-race fixture on Tuesday, she has a great chance of a hat-trick of victories.

Star Legend was one of Pinchin’s winners at the last meeting and the couple team up again for trainer James Owen in the 1.20pm Greene King Level Head Novice Hurdle over three miles. The four-year-old gelding carries a seven-pound penalty for that win.

Main rivals are For Gina and Boleyn Boy, second and third respectively at Fakenham in a race in June, the latter going on to win for trainer Ben Case at Huntingdon at the end of October.

Earlier, in the 12.45pm Save Our Sport Sign the Petition Conditional Jockeys’ Chase over three miles, Pinchin rides likely market leader Guguss Collonges for trainer Roger Teal. The gelding recorded his second chase success recently at Stratford and so arrives in north Norfolk in form.

Veteran Call of the Loon for Christian Williams, and Le Tuer, a Fakenham winner in March for Sarah Humphrey, are the biggest threats to Pinchin’s hopes.

Pinchin and Owen team up in the 1.55pm Weatherbys Hamilton Novice Chase with My Gift To You, a five-year-old gelding fourth at Hereford in October having scored his only chase victory at Worcester in the summer.

School for Scandal for Joe Tickle returns to action for the first time since winning at Taunton in April while Lawney Hill has champion jockey Brian Hughes booked to ride Calidad.

Feature is the 2.30pm Greene King Flint Eye Mares Hurdle in which Bryony Frost partners Lucy Wadham’s grey filly Pretending, last seen finishing second at April at Cheltenham. Ip Up and the Philip Hobbs trained Georgi Girl, are the chief rivals.

A Hereford winner a fortnight ago, Extraordinary Man will go off favourite for the 3.05pm Weatherbys Hamilton Chase under Caoilin Quinn for David Bridgwater although Up for Appeal for Christian Williams and Millies Mite for Karen Jewell, have realistic hopes.

The opener, the 12.10pm Greene King Ice Breaker Fillies Hurdle, features three debutants although the once-raced Francina will be favourite for Jonathan Burke and trainer Jamie Snowden after her debut second at Hereford in October.

The finale sees four debutants in the 3.35pm Newcomers Bumper, including the Olly Murphy trained Tramuntana. Only filly in the quartet is Case’s Pollywiggle Quay.

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