16th Nov 2017

November Race Meeting | ENTRY REPORT

Amateur riders get their chance to shine on Tuesday when Fakenham racecourse stages it’s third meeting of the National Hunt season, with a six-race card.

 

The 1.50pm East Rudham Amateur Riders’ Novice Hurdle has attracted a field of 11 at the first declaration stage and features a course and distance winner in the shape of the Amy Murphy trained six-year-old gelding Mercian King.

Third, at the last Fakenham meeting following a previous success at Worcester, Mercian King won the corresponding race last season.

Also among those declared are two from Tim Vaughan’s stable in Wales. Despite the lengthy 500-mile round trip, Vaughan regularly sends his horses to the north Norfolk venue and is a frequent winner.

He has declared two last time out winners in Timely Gift, successful at Ffos Las in Wales on Sunday, and grey gelding Dusky Ranger, a Uttoxeter winner in early October.

Fakenham’s leading trainer to date this season, Dan Skelton, has named Royal Beekeeper, a Stratford winner earlier this month, although the handler has also declared the four-year-old for the opening contest.

The six-race card starts at 12.50pm with the Racing Partnership Selling Handicap Hurdle for which 14 have been initially named for the two and a half mile trip, including Royal Beekeeper.

Cliffside Park, a winner at Fakenham’s opening meeting of the season on October 20 may also take his chance, having recently been runner-up at Southwell, while Occasionally Yours, a Huntingdon winner for local trainer Alan Blackmore has also been nominated to run.

The 13-year-old veteran was recording his ninth win in 78 careers starts at Huntingdon on Tuesday and last scored at Fakenham, where he has been a regular visitor, in May 2015.

Neil King, on form with a double at the last Fakenham meeting, has declared the former Philip Hobbs’ trained six-year-old gelding Mister Big, ninth on his seasonal re-appearance at Wetherby a fortnight ago.

The card also features the 1.20pm Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Mares’ three-mile chase, the feature race of the day, the 2.20pm Weatherbys Racing Bank Beginners’ Chase over three miles, the 2.50pm Ftc Hire and Sales Mares’ Hurdle and the finale, the 3.20pm Weatherbys Racing Bank Handicap Chase over two miles. Those four contests have all been re-offered after initial declarations.

THE FIRST RACE IS AT 12.50 PM AND THE LAST OF THE SIX RACES STARTS AT 3.20PM. GATES OPEN AT 11AM AND TICKETS, WHICH ARE PRICED FROM £10 UPWARDS, CAN BE BOUGHT ON THE DAY ( CASH ONLY).

{Words: Terry Redhead}

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