10th Apr 2024

Entries for the Fakenham & Aintree Special Raceday, Friday 12th April

THEY’RE OFF WITH AN EXTRA RACE MEETING AT FAKENHAM ON FRIDAY

Fakenham Racecourse is staging an additional ‘Fakenham/Aintree special’ fixture on Friday with spectators able to enjoy the action from the three-day Grand National meeting on screens at the north Norfolk venue while also tasting live action at their local track.

The additional meeting was only confirmed on Tuesday and initial entries look promising with 80 horses booked for the six races.

Most interesting race on the card looks like the 2.35pm Huge Savings at Racing TV.com Handicap Chase in which no fewer than five previous course and distance winners could take their chance.

Scene One, for Lucy Wadham, was fourth last time at Newbury, having scored at Fakenham in November while Sarah Humphrey’s Jack’s Touch won at Fakenham in December and looks set to return.

Add Jigginstown King for Oliver Signy, a Fakenham winner in May, Michael Hawker’s veteran Morton’s Leam, a Fakenham winner in 2017 and Ingennio, and a fascinating race looks in prospect. Ingennio, with Gavin Sheehan booked to ride for Richard Hobson, won at Fakenham’s Easter Monday meeting.

The other chase on the card is the 4.20pm Special Racing TV Offer Chase in which El Muchacho and Toothless look set to battle it out once again. At Plumpton on Easter Monday, grey gelding El Muchacho, having his first run for trainer Harriet Dickin, got the better of the Paul Nicholls trained Toothless, but now the six-year-old has a six-pound swing in the weights in his favour.

Coastguard Station is another of interest. Henry Oliver’s gelding was a runner-up in a higher class race at Ascot at the end of March while former Fakenham winner Templier always gives his best at the course.

Racing starts with the 2pm Racing TV Just £12 Per Month Maiden Hurdle in which Dr Richard Newland has two entries in Get A Superstar and Give Me A Boom. Diamond Koda may represent Nick Kent, the gelding runner-up four times before unseating his jockey at the first flight last time at Market Rasen.

There are 14 entries for the 3.10pm Racing TV Novice Hurdle including Evan Williams’ Everyonesacritic, fourth at Sedgefield after a victory at Musselburgh while Colonel Whizz looks interesting for Olly Murphy in the 3.45pm Horsepwr.co.uk For Welfare Facts and Information Hurdle, the gelding third at Huntingdon having finished runner-up at Fakenham in November.

The closing 4.55pm bumper (National Hunt flat race) sees two entries from Nicholls’ Somerset base including Jackpot Des Bordes, a winner on debut at Hereford in November and Bond Broker, down the field at Fontwell in January.

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