13th Dec 2021

Preview of Runners for the Christmas Meeting on Sunday 19th December


Fakenham is serving up a pre-Christmas National Hunt meeting on Sunday when a large crowd is expected for some top-class sport.

The £17,500 Paddocks Cheveley Chase at 2.50pm is the star on top of the racing Christmas tree with 14 entries including three former Fakenham winners.

Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham has a great record at the track and has Admiral Barratry, a winner over course and distance last January, while Sam Thomas has another former Fakenham scorer, Not A Role Model, also a winner last January.

Sir Jack Yeats, now 10, a winner at Fakenham in October 2020 is entered by Richard Spencer although an older chaser, Tiquer, 13, goes for Joe Ponting, with Daryl Jacobs  booked to ride after scoring at Southwell, the horse’s sixth chase success in 22 starts.

The supporting card looks competive and starts at 12.20pm with the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle in which Wadham has Cheltenham third Code Name Lise making a hurdling debut. Also entered are Alan King’s Wincanton runner-up Cool Stone and Emma Lavelle’s Shiroccy Road, fifth in the same race.

It’s the mares again in the 12.50pm chase in which Christian Williams has Barden Bella, a May Fakenham winner while Leave My Alone, Richie McLernon booked to ride for trainer Richenda Ford, a Fakenham winner last January, looks to go one better than when runner-up at Newton Abbott recently.

A dozen are entered in the 1.20pm maiden hurdle including two from Nicky Henderson’s stable in Commodore Miller and City Chief, the latter making his debut for Henderson after joining from Liam Murphy’s yard in Ireland following a point-to-point success at Tralee.

The Christmas Cracker Chase over more than three and a half miles at 1.50pm has  12 entries including Defuture is Bright, Uno Mas and Jony Max from Christian Williams’ stable. The latter has Jack Tudor booked to ride after winning on the gelding last time at Wincanton.

Three miles is the trip for the 2.20pm handicap hurdle in which four last time winners are entered. They are Olly Murphy’s Leicester scorer Barricane, Evan Williams’ Brooksway Fair who won at Ffos Las, Henderson’s Southwell winner  Lelantos and Manofthemoment.

The latter has a first run for Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer, the gelding’s last run being a win at Plumpton for Tom George.

The 3.20pm handicap hurdle closes the 2021 action and among the favourites is Al Kherb, making a debut for Sarah Bowen after a Stratford victory for John Quinn.

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