30th Dec 2020

Preview of Monday 4th January Runners


Trainer David Pipe, based on the Somerset/Devon border, is a regular raider at Fakenham and often goes home smiling after pocketing the big prizes.

Initial entries for the north Norfolk course’s New Year meeting on Monday (January 4) show that Pipe has provisionally lined-up in-form five-year-old gelding Paricolor for the day’s feature, the £14,000 plus Fakenham Racecourse Handicap Hurdle.

Paricolor has been in tremendous form, winning his last three starts, two at Leicester in November and more recently at Taunton.

There are 21 entries for the contest and include Here Comes Johny from Ollie Murphy’s stable, the gelding a winner over course and distance in October before following up at Sedgefield.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Supakalanistic is another last time winner having scored at Kempton while Sam Thomas may run Not A Role Model, a Wincanton scorer in November.

Murphy could have another successful Fakenham afternoon. He has Ripper Roo with Aidan Coleman booked to ride, in the opening race of seven on the day, the maiden hurdle at 12.25. Ripper Roo won a point-to-point contest before joining Murphy’s yard, his only start since ending with second place in a Southwell bumper.

In the finale, a bumper, Murphy has Washington, a very impressive winner over course and distance in November among the 14 entered. Also in the mix are last time winners My Bad Lucy from Nick Gifford’s stable and The Wrekin, representing Henry Daly.

Conditional and amateur riders get their chance in the marathon handicap chase in which Ross Turner partners Oliver Greenall’s Furius De Ciergus, second in his last starts at Doncaster and Newcastle.

Johnny Farrelly also appears to have targeted the contest, with recent runners-up, Love The Leader and Sandford Castle, among the 15 entries.

Princess Roxy and Episode were first and second at the last meeting and both are entered in the mares’ handicap chase for Ben Case and Gary Moore respectively while half an hour later Sir Jack Yeats, Richard Spencer’s 10-year-old gelding goes in the handicap hurdle.

The horse last ran over timber in September 2017 and has been chasing since, his last outing seeing him second over the Grand National fences in Aintree’s  Grand Sefton Chase in December.

The other race, the novice chase, could feature Lingfield winner High Up In The Air for Moore and recent Uttoxeter second Landofsmiles for Peter Bowen.

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