OLD FAVOURITES TO SHINE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT FAKENHAM
Veterans will be the in the spotlight when Fakenham stages a seven-race card on Tuesday (March 30).
The David Keith Memorial Handicap Chase is leg six of the veterans’ handicap chase series and is the feature £25,000 contest of the day, off at 4.30pm.
Eight entries have been received, including the Dr Richard Newland trained Beau Bay, winner of leg two of the series at Doncaster. The 10-year-old then went on to the Cheltenham Festival, being pulled up in the Kim Muir Chase.
Lucy Wadham’s Potters Legend and Philip Hobbs’ Gala Ball are also entered, the 11-year-old’s last victory being at Wincanton more than a year ago.
The Easter Novices’ Hurdle starts proceedings at 2.15pm and has 11 entries including No Fame No Game. The mare was second at Clonmel, in her last run for trainer Gerard Kelleher before switching to Alexandra Dunn’s stable.
Paul Nicholls has entered Skatman, a winner on hurdles debut at Musselburgh, while Uttoxeter winner No Risk Des Flos, a grey gelding, goes for Olly Murphy.
There are eight entries for the 2.50pm Snellings Norfolk National Raceday May 4th Conditional Jockeys’ Chase including Gary Moore’s Episode, the mare a runner-up at Fakenham just before Christmas. Also in the line-up could be John Cornwall’s Torrent Des Mottes, a Huntingdon winner this week.
The two-mile Cecil and Sheila Buttifant Memorial Handicap Hurdle at 3.25pm has attracted 14 entries with David Jeffreys’ Ben Brody, a winner of two of four recent chases, reverting to the smaller obstacles.
Irish Odyssey for Neil Mulholland was a Sedgefield runner-up earlier this month and is entered along with Nick Kent’s Reverend Jacobs, a Wetherby scorer this week, his first success in 10 attempts.
Two who finished first and third in a recent Plumpton contest are entered for the 4pm The Aldiss Furnishing Stores Senior Handicap Hurdle in the shape of Mulholland’s Runasimi River and Gary Moore’s earlier Exeter winner, Ruby Yeats.
Just Cause, winner of four point-to-points, two at Higham and at Ampton and Cottenham, is entered in the Queen’s Cup Open Hunters’ Chase at 5pm along with Trio For Rio, a Ludlow scorer under rules last week.
The 5.30pm finale has 13 entries for the Jarrold Ladies Day Sunday, May 31 Mares’ Maiden National Hunt Flat Race, including debutants Marmalaid, a grey filly trained by Nicky Henderson, and Heartbreaker, trained by Michael Bell.