26th Oct 2020

Greene King Raceday – Preview of Wednesdays Racecard

There may be just four runners declared for the feature chase at Fakenham’s second National Hunt meeting of the season on Wednesday (Oct 28) but the two-mile novice chase looks competitive.
The 3.02pm Greene King IPA Novice Chase sees reigning champion jump jockey Brian Hughes on board likely favourite Gaelic Coast, looking to land a hat-trick of victories for trainer Donald McCain.
The six-year-old gelding won at Bangor in February and at Doncaster the previous month but faces a stiff test from three rivals, including the Paul Nicholls trained Mick Pastor. Mick Pastor underwent wind surgery after finishing tenth in the Fred Winter Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and now makes his chasing debut
Another chasing debutant is the Nick Littmoden trained Imperil, under Jack Quinlan, the gelding fourth at Fakenham over hurdles in March while Timetochill completes the quartet, representing Kelly Morgan under Jack Tudor, the mare third at Uttoxeter on chase debut in August.
The two Greene King sponsored handicap hurdles have attracted the biggest fields, both featuring 10 runners.
The three-miler at 2.32pm features Sunny Express, third at Uttoxeter in September for trainer Warren Greatrex and Vinnie’s Gateway for whom Lewis Stones claims seven pounds for trainer Olly Murphy. The gelding was third at Ludlow earlier this month. Another with chances is Jonjoala, having her second run for trainer Alex Hales, the first a winning one at Plumpton a year ago.
The 10-runner 3.32pm two-miler features nine-year-old Glimpse of Gold under Alexander Thorne for trainer Sarah Humphrey. The gelding won at Fakenham in April 2017 and was runner-up at Huntingdon a fortnight ago. Main rivals are Jackson Hill, a Plumpton runner-up and Jonjo O’Neill’s Minella Beauty, third at Ffos Las recently.
Ten, including five newcomers, go in the finale at 4.02, the bumper. Dunefinch is an interesting debutant for trainer Stuart Edmunds. Likely market leader Sun Rising Hill makes a hat-trick bid and Lucy Wadham’s Martello Sky, a grey filly second at Market Rasen in March, hold good chances.
The card opens with a maiden hurdle at 1.02pm in which Olly Murphy saddles Plenty in the Tank under Aidan Coleman while nine go in the fillies’ juvenile hurdle at 2.02pm with Sean Curran running two, Talking About You and Treats of Dingle.
The other chase, at 1.32pm, sees a quintet tackle 21 furlongs with likely favourite 11-year-old Fakenham regular Princeton Royale under Bryony Frost for Neil King. The gelding has won six of 24 chases, including at Fakenham in June 2018.

Please see the link below for the digital racecard.


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