13th Feb 2023

Five Day Entries for The Payne Nutrition Crop Raceday – Friday 17th February

NEIGHBOURS BACKING FAKENHAM’S LATEST DAY OF TOP-CLASS RACING ACTION

Fakenham racecourse neighbours Payne Crop Nutrition are the sponsors of the Norfolk’s track seven-race meeting on Friday (February 17) which promises another memorable day of sporting action.

The local company are supporting the first three contests on the card which are quickly followed by the day’s feature, the £20,000 Tim Barclay Memorial Chase at 3.40pm.

Initial entries are encouraging despite the unusually dry conditions, with 73 horses entered for the card featuring hurdle contests, chases and a National Hunt flat race.

The Payne Crop Nutrition Selling Hurdle gets the day off at 1.40pm with 11 entries for the two-miler which include the Sam Drinkwater trained Captain Jack, looking to record his first victory at the 15th attempt following a second at Market Rasen just over a week ago and a third at the Lincolnshire venue on Boxing Day.

Ten are entered in the 2.10pm Payne Crop Nutrition Handicap Hurdle including four horses returning to Fakenham. Doireann was runner-up at the course at the last meeting and in November while Ya Know Yaseff was second at the last meeting on February 2. Both Bells of Stamford and Lifetime Legend could also run again, both third on their latest runs at Fakenham.

Trainer Warren Greatrex has entered Line of Descent for the 2.40pm Payne Crop Nutrition Novice Chase, his gelding runner-up at the last meeting over course and distance while nine have been entered in the 3.10pm EBF Novice Hurdle including last time out Ludlow winner Egbert for trainer Alan King.

All eyes will be on Allo Allo in the feature race at 3.40pm, 13 having been entered in the Tim Barclay Memorial Chase. Owned by the Fakenham Racing Club, Allo Allo has won two hurdle contests at Fakenham this season and now tries chasing for the first time with Charlie Hammond booked to ride for trainer Stuart Edmunds.

One of his rivals could be Ben Buie, impressive when landing the spoils at Fakenham’s most recent meeting under Sam Twiston-Davies for trainer Martin Keighley, while Mad About Sally and Tip Top Mountain, both last time winners, are also among the original entries.

Six debutants are among the 10 entries for the 4.10pm Racing TV Maiden Flat Race including Thorpeness from Dan Skelton’s stable while 11 entries have been received for the closing 4.40pm William Bulwer Long Memorial Hunter Chase including hat-trick seeking Twilight Girl for trainer James Owen.

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