24th Nov 2020

Preview of Mondays Race Card – 30th November


Almost 100 initial entries have been received for the six-race card planned for Fakenham on Monday (November 30), the course’s fourth meeting of the 2020/21 National Hunt season.

Once again the meeting, due to the Covid pandemic restrictions, will be held behind closed doors, as have the season’s previous three fixtures.

Recent winners dominate the entries with no less than four last time out scorers entered in the day’s feature, the 2.20pm Testerton Handicap Chase over more than three-and-a-half miles, worth £11,000.

Gary Moore’s Cheque En Blanc, a recent Fontwell winner; Speedy Cargo from Warren Greatrex’s yard, a recent Plumpton and Cartmel winner; Strictlyadancer, representing Christian Williams, a previous Fakenham winner and recent Exeter scorer; and Sarah Humphrey’s The Happy Chappy, a victor at Plumpton a fortnight ago; may all take their chance.

The two other chases have also attracted decent entry numbers. The 3.20pm finale, the Colkirk Handicap Chase over two miles, sees 15, including three from Evan Williams’ stable in Wales.

He has Arizona Glory, second at Sedgefield on Tuesday, Flight to Milan, fourth recently at Hereford, and Sabbathical in the line-up along with Fakenham course winner Glimpse of Gold, and Gold Fields, a winner at Fakenham’s last meeting before finishing fourth of Tuesday at Sedgefield.

A total of 13 have been entered for the Shereford Chase at 1.15pm with two bidding for hat-tricks. Nick Littmoden’s Captain Speaking won at Plumpton and Uttoxeter in September while Stuart Coltherd has entered Graystown, twice a winner at Hexham, much nearer his Scottish base, in October.

The card opens with the Pudding Norton Hurdle at 12.45pm in which Southwell winner Dash of Blue is entered for Ben Case. Also in the line-up could be Neil Mulholland’s recent Chepstow scorer Molliana along with Jessica Rabbit, second at Market Rasen for Graeme McPherson in September.

In the 1.50pm Hempton Maiden Hurdle, the Tom Cannon ridden and Chris Gordon trained recent Wincanton winner Pasvolsky is among the 12 entries. He could make a hurdling debut after landing a Wincanton bumper earlier this month. Also entered is Lucy Wadham’s Will Sting, the five-year-old fourth at Warwick on hurdling debut after landing a Huntingdon bumper.

The 2.50pm Toftrees Juvenile Hurdle has eight potential debutants in an entry of 19 which includes Pam Sly’s Grouseman, a runner-up at Catterick last week. Milton Harris has Pyramid Place among the runners, the gelding a Bangor winner a fortnight ago.


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