7th May 2023

Declared Runners for the Snellings Norfolk National, Tuesday 9th May.


A field of 11, including last year’s winner Tommie Beau, has stood its ground for the £30,000 Snellings Norfolk National, the highlight of Tuesday’s six-race card at Fakenham.

The marathon three miles and five furlongs contest, off at 4.20pm., always results in a competitive race and the Seamus Mullins trained eight-year-old gelding Tommie Beau will be a popular choice to repeat his 2022 success under the same jockey, Micheal (correct) Nolan.

Tommie Beau has had mixed fortunes since that Fakenham victory, recently sixth of eight at Southwell following a victory at Plumpton.

Bryony Frost will be on Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham’s Midnight Mary, up in trip after recent runner-up efforts at Southwell and Warwick while David Pipe legs up Fergus Gillard on top weight Duc De Beauchene, second at Kempton on May Day.

Theo Gillard rides the David Dennis trained Flying Verse, second at Perth last month while Shetland Bus, under seven-pound claimer Luke Scott for Dr Richard Newland, won at Fakenham over three miles in October, so clearly likes the track. More recently the 10-year-old was fifth of eight at Southwell.

Norfolk-based Snellings also sponsors the Snellings Handicap Chase at 2.40pm in which Legendary Rhythm under Ben Poste for trainer Tom Symonds, bids for a hat-trick after scoring at Wincanton and Leicester. In winning at Leicester, the gelding beat Olly Murphy’s mare Auditoria, who is also in the seven-runner field.

Main rival to Legendary Rhythm could be David Pipe’s Abaya Du Mathan, who won his seventh chase at Ffos Las in April, while Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer runs Cloudy Wednesday, a course winner in February.

The Duke of Lancaster Academy Fakenham Maiden Hurdle at 2.10pm looks between Neil King’s State of Bliss, the former Mark Johnston trained three-time flat winner recently third at Kempton, and the Milton Harris trained Copshill Lad, the grey third at Plumpton last month.

The 3.10pm Autism in Racing Novice Hurdle could be another chance for trainer Jennie Candish who collected two top prizes at the weekend. She runs Scudamore, a Stratford winner in April. Main threat appears to be from Lighthouse Mill, a recent Southwell second.

Six contest the 3.45pm Jarrold Ladies Day on Sunday June 4 Selling Hurdle in which Murphy’s Weebil, a course and distance winner in March, looks like repeating that effort.

The closing 4.55pm Maiden Hunter Chase for the Turner Trophy could go to Tom Chatfield, riding the Kelly Morgan trained Doctor Tom, a winner over course and distance at the West Norfolk point-to-point meeting last month.

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