12th Mar 2023

Five Day Entries for Country Food Trust Race Day on Friday 17th March

FAKENHAM TURNS SILVER AS THE RACING WORLD EYES UP THE GOLD CUP

Big screens will be in place at Fakenham racecourse on Friday (March 17) so that those at the north Norfolk course for the Country Food Trust Race Day can see live action from the Cheltenham Festival, including the Gold Cup.

Fakenham itself will feature, at 3.45pm., the £25,000 Country Food Trust Fakenham Silver Cup Hurdle over two miles, which has attracted 19 initial entries.

After successfully landing the top prize at the most recent Fakenham meeting, champion trainer Paul Nicholls has Bryony Frost booked for the ride on Rare Middleton, a four-year-old gelding third at Kempton in February following a Taunton success a month earlier.

Charlie Longsdon has entered Parramount, a January winner at Doncaster while Mark Gillard’s reliable mare No No Tonic is entered following two seconds at Chepstow.

Old favourites Glimpse of Gold, five-times a Fakenham winner, is entered by Sarah Humphrey while Pam Sly has seven-pound claimer Jamie Brace booked to ride Haafapiece, second at Fakenham on New Year’s Day.

Friday’s seven race card starts at 1pm with the Country Food Trust Claiming Hurdle in which both Parikarma, for Gary Moore, and Al Zaraqaan, representing Archie Watson and a Fakenham winner in October, should both have chances.

There are 16 entries for the 1.40pm GB Driveways Surfacing Norfolk and Suffolk Novice Chase for the Prince Carlton Cup, including several last time out winners.

Bells of Stamford won at Warwick for Tim Vaughan after finishing third at Fakenham in October; Lucy Wadham’s Brandisova won over hurdles at Fakenham in February; Wymondham-based trainer Caroline Fryer’s Cloudy Wednesday was another February Fakenham winner and the Sarah Humphrey trained Le Tuer was twice a Fakenham runner-up before scoring at Huntingdon a fortnight ago.

Le Tuer is also entered in the 3pm Lightdoor Limited Building The Paddocks Cheveley Chase. The gelding faces eight possible rivals at this stage including Evan Williams’ Ballybreen, who last success was more than two years ago, and Ollie Murphy’s Enduring Love, a Fakenham runner-up on New Year’s Day.

The 2.20pm Robert Case Memorial Maiden Hurdle includes Alan King’s Exeter runner-up Nothing To Chance among 16 entries while there are 15 entries for the 4.20pm Walter Wales Memorial Handicap Hurdle including Fontwell chase winner Arcade Attraction and former Fakenham course winner Dev Of Tara.

The action concludes with 5pm Robert Hoare Memorial Open Hunter’s Chase which has attracted 16 entries including Benny’s King, under Heidi Palin for leading trainer Dan Skelton.

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