16th Jan 2023

Five Day Entries for Sunday 22nd January Race Meeting

FAKENHAM’S ‘ALLO ALLO’ EYES A BIG PRIZE OVER BIGGER OBSTACLES

The Fakenham Racing Club owned Allo Allo, successful at the north Norfolk course on New Year’s Day, ventures into chasing if attempting to land the feature race at the course’s seven-race meeting on Sunday (January 22).

Trained by Stuart Edmunds, the seven-year-old gelding won a three-mile hurdle on January 1, following up his success at Fakenham in October.

Now Allo Allo turns his sights to the bigger obstacles and has been entered for the 3.20pm Racing TV Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs and worth £20,000.

Among the 16 entries are other last time out winners including Bolsover Bill, Lincoln Lyn and Knocknamona. Warren Greatrex’s Bolsover Bill has won his last three starts, most recently successful at Ffos Las, while the Tom Gretton trained Lincoln Lyn won over course and distance at that Fakenham New Year’s Day meeting.

Northern raider is the 12-year-old veteran Knocknamona from Micky Hammond’s stable, the gelding successful in seven of 34 career chases, including at Newcastle a fortnight ago.

There have been 107 entries for the meeting which begins at 12.50pm with the Hunstanton Hurdle for conditional jockeys. Entries include Richard Newland’s Haribo Collognes and the Ben Case trained Annie Day, a Fontwell winner in November but whose previous outing at Fakenham resulted in her unseating her rider in March 2021.

Nicky Henderson’s Spring Note has been entered for the 1.20pm Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, the five-year-old a Southwell runner-up on hurdles debut after a Warwick bumper victory. Also interesting is Donald McCain’s Milans Edge, ready to return after a 624-day absence following a Hexham second-placed finish in May 2021.

The 1.50pm Sheringham Novice Chase sees both Bolsover Bill and Lincoln Lyn entered, both keeping options open as to whether to take part in that contest or the aforementioned feature race. Also entered is Neil Mulholland’s Magnificent Ben, a recent Lingfield second.

There are 19 entered in the 2.20pm novice hurdle including Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham’s mare, East End Girl, fifth at Sedgefield last time following a Huntingdon success. Olly Murphy’s Bobby Socks and Laura Morgan’s Market Rasen runner-up Emma Lamb are also interesting entries.

Murphy’s best chance of the day looks to be with Secret Trix in the 2.50pm Aylsham Hurdle. A Fakenham winner in November, Secret Trix was third at Uttoxeter on December 31.

Following the 3.20pm feature, the finale at 3.50pm is a National Hunt flat race in which Doc McCoy, Duhallow Tommy and Wadham’s For Gina, third at Wetherby in November, are all interesting entries.

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