2nd Jun 2023

Preview for the Jarrold Ladies Day Sunday 4th June


Sam Twiston-Davies, one of the senior jockeys on the National Hunt circuit, will be looking for a 16th success in 92 career starts at Fakenham on Sunday when trying to close the north Norfolk course’s 2022/23 season with victory in the £25,000 Jarrold Handicap Chase.

Jarrold Ladies Day brings down the curtain on a successful racing season at Fakenham and Twiston-Davies, with more than 1,300 career winners, is on the favourite Pawpaw in the feature, off at 4.30pm.

Pawpaw, a six-year-old gelding trained by David Bridgwater, won last time out at Fontwell on May 10 and had previously tasted success at Hereford.

Of his four rivals, Quoi De Neuf is interesting for trainer Evan Williams who has booked Harry Cobden to ride the previous Uttoxter fourth. Name in Lights has hopes for Joe Tizzard and jockey Brendan Powell. The gelding was third at Kempton last month while the field is completed by Hatcher, a previous Warwick third, and Soprano Thor.

A three-runner chase gets the day started at 2.30pm with Kim Eyre favourite to take The Queen’s Dragoon Guards Prince of Wales Cup Chase under Isabel Williams for her father Evan. Kim Eyre scored at Stratford in April and faces Southwell winner Mystic Man for Oliver Sherwood and outsider of the trio, Rebel Leader for trainer Dr Richard Newland.

The 3pm Female Jockeys Hurdle has seven runners with Gina Andrews on favourite Enthused for trainer James Owen, the gelding a Huntingdon winner after earlier finishing fourth at Fakenham. Main rival looks to be Abbie McCain on her dad Donald’s Never No Trouble, previously a Ludlow third.

The Jarrold Norwich, Cromer and Wymondham Chase features the biggest field of the day with eight going at 3.30pm headed by Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer’s previous course scorer, Cloudy Wednesday. The gelding also won at Huntingdon less than a fortnight ago.

Pittsburg, sixth on the flat at Wolverhampton for trainer Ryan Potter last week, and Arbenning, for Jamie Snowden, third at Ludlow when returning after wind surgery, look key rivals.

Five go in the 4pm Sworders Property Maiden Hurdle headed by the Neil King trained State of Bliss, the gelding a Fakenham runner-up on May 9.

Last year’s winner Glimpse of Gold, a five-time Fakenham winner, goes again in the 5pm Racing TV Hurdle for trainer Sarah Humphrey although favourite will be Lipa K, trying to follow up a recent Ludlow win.

Final race of season is at 5.30pm with five in the Novice Hurdle, headed by Ben Case’s Boleyn Boy under Harry Bannister, the gelding a runner-up at Chepstow in April.

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