11th Jan 2022

Preview of Runners for Monday 17th January Race Meeting


Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham has a superb strike rate at Fakenham racecourse and she appears to have more chances of success at the next meeting on Monday, January 17.

Initial entries give the trainer good chances of adding to her tally of success at the north Norfolk venue at which she clearly loves running her horses.

The feature of the six-race card is the 3.20pm handicap chase in which Wadham has entered Somekindofstar, a nine-year-old gelding a winner of two of his seven chase starts. He was fifth at Warwick at the end of December having been a runner-up at Fontwell earlier that month.

Main rivals could be Evan Williams’ Ludlow runner-up Ballinsker, yet to win a chase, and Sean Curran’s Doukarov, third at Newbury at the end of the year having earlier won at that Berkshire track.

Wadham has entered Glutnforpunishment in the opening 1.10pm handicap hurdle, the six-year-old gelding second over course and distance in the pre-Christmas Fakenham meeting, a first run for Wadham and a first run for the horse for more than a year.

Evan Williams has entered Ffos Las winner Pageant Material in the same event while Ian Williams’ filly Angels Landing, a Ludlow runner-up, may also take her chance.

Tiny Tantrum, second at Fakenham just before Christmas, may return for Wadham in the 2.50pm three-mile handicap hurdle. The gelding is one of a dozen entries along with Tom Lacey’s Immortal Fame, a Uttoxeter winner in a 20-strong field in December.

The 1.40pm handicap hurdle for novices has 14 entries including Gary Moore’s Legal Rights, a five-year-old gelding bidding for a hat-trick after victories at Hereford and Fontwell.

Peterborough-based trainer Pam Sly has entered William Cody while Fox’s Socks, fourth at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, may go for trainer Alex Hales.

Rostello and Passing Secrets, first and second on Boxing Day at Huntingdon, may renew rivalry in the 2.15pm novice handicap chase, the former for Dr Richard Newland and the latter for Tom Gretton. Also entered are recent runners-up Captain Cuckoo for Mark Gillard, Dubai Guest for Olly Murphy and Glorious Lady, a Fakenham runner-up last time, for Cynthia Woods.

The closing 3.50pm mares’ flat race has attracted 14 entries, including Archie Watson’s filly Bounce Back, second on debut at Wetherby last month.

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