17th May 2021

Preview of entries for Sundays 23rd May Race Meeting


It will be slightly different at Fakenham on Sunday when the curtain falls on the 2020/2021 National Hunt season at the Norfolk course.

Following the easing of restrictions earlier this week, Fakenham is having some annual members present, provided they pre-registered their intent to attend the meeting.

There will also be hospitality diners at the course, which is fully booked for dining places.

Highlight of the season’s finale is the £16,000 Jarrold Chase which may feature the Nigel Hawke trained Diligent.

David Noonan is booked to ride the eight-year-old gelding, winner of his last four outings. He won at Plumpton earlier this month when another of the entries for the 3.40pm feature race, Away For Slates, trained by Milton Harris, unseated his rider.

And Diligent also won when another of the race’s entrants, Etat Major Aulmes, trained by Oliver Signy, was placed.

Page Fuller rides Monty’s Award, a Market Rasen winner for trainer Andy Irvine while also entered is the 11-year-old gelding trained by Laura Morgan, Thomas Todd, Adam Wedge booked to ride the Perth winner of a month ago.

The other chase on the six-race card is the 3.05pm 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (for the Prince of Wales Cup) Handicap Chase for which there are 22 entries.

Christian Williams had Barden Bella win with stable-mate Joey Steel runner-up at the last Fakenham meeting and both are again entered, the former with Jack Tudor again booked to ride.

The Alex Hales trained Jimmi Chew, a Huntingdon winner, and Leave My Alone, trained by Caroline Bailey,  a winner at Fakenham in January, are among other entries.

The card starts at 1.55pm with a novice hurdle in which Just Once and Say Nothing are entered. The former was second for trainer Ilka Gansera-Leveque at Southwell while Hales’ Say Nothing was third at Fakenham behind Top Beak.

Top Beak, trained by Max Young, is in the 2.30pm Aylsham Show 30 August Female Jockeys Hurdle. Among rivals could be Shortcross Storm, an Exeter winner for Chris Honour and Ben Case’s Wisecracker, having his sixth Fakenham start and seeking his first success.

Entries for the 4.10pm maiden hurdle include Neil King’s Dancing Doris, runner-up at the previous Fakenham meeting while 12 are entered for the 4.45pm finale, Bailey’s Begin The Luck seeking a hat-trick after winning at Southwell in both April and May.

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