Snellings Norfolk National winner Hepijeu may go for a big race double at Fakenham on Sunday when he bids to land the feature contest, the Jarrold Ladies Day Handicap Chase at 4.10pm.
There are 11 entries for the £10,600 to the winner race, named after Jarrold, the sponsors of the course’s final race day of the 2018/19 season.
Hepijeu was most impressive winning the Snellings Norfolk National over almost four miles at the last meeting and on Sunday faces a three-mile trip under Ciaran Gethings, the track’s leading jockey of the season, and trainer Stuart Edmunds.
Olly Murphy eyes the big prize with Beau Sancy, a Kelso winner on Sunday while another leading trainer at Fakenham, Christian Williams, has entered both six-year-old grey gelding Fifty Shades and Cap Du Nord. The former was third in the Norfolk National, having won over three miles at Fakenham in March. Cap Du Nord also clocked up a Fakenham success, before finishing sixth in a class two event at Haydock.
The other leading contest on the six-race card is the 4.45pm Longwater Construction Supplies Novice Chase over two miles and among the original 10 entries are four last time out winners.
They are Stuart Coltherd’s Felix Mendelssohn, a winner at Kelso twice this month, Neil Mulholland’s Dandolo Du Gite, a Southwell scorer, Neil King’s Reputation, a Stratford winner, and Ben Case’s Templepark, successful at Kempton.
The racing starts at 2.25pm with a three-mile handicap hurdle in which Harry Whittington has entered Sirobbie. The five-year-old will have to defy a penalty after winning at Uttoxeter twice in May.
The 3pm Queen’s Dragoon Guards novice chase for the Prince of Wales Cup has 10 entries with Murphy’s Bank Holiday Monday Huntingdon winner Fresh New Dawn possibly turning out quickly again while the Coltherds, jockey Sam and trainer Stuart, have Mrs Vonn, a mare who was runner-up at Hexham last time.
There is an original entry of 18 for the 3.35pm Wordingham Plant Hire maiden hurdle with Neil King looking for success with Gateway to Europe, a recent Warwick runner-up on his first run for King since leaving Brian Nolan’s stable in Ireland.
The season’s finale at 5.20pm is the Lady Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle and among the entries is Dan Skelton’s four-year-old filly Angel of the North, a winner at Stratford earlier this month.
Words by Terry Redhead
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