10th Nov 2021

Preview of Runners for Weatherby’s Race Day on Tuesday 16th November


Barbados Blue, a winner on her chasing debut at the last Fakenham meeting, is among the entries for the feature contest at the Weatherbys Raceday at the north Norfolk course on Tuesday (November 16).

Trained by Nicky Henderson, the seven-year-old mare won in terrific style on October 27 and looks to repeat the feat in the £15,000 Weatherbys Hamilton Novice chase over two miles and five furlongs.

There are 10 entries for the 3pm race and they include Hardy Du Seuil, the four-year-old gelding a winner at Carlisle for trainer Jamie Snowden last month.

No Comment, a 10-year-old trained by Philip Hobbs, and a winner at Huntingdon last week, is also entered as is Peterborough trainer Pam Sly’s Xcitations, with Paul O’Brien booked to ride. The gelding was a recent runner-up at Huntingdon having won at Fakenham over hurdles in March.

The seven-race card opens at 12.10pm with a mares’ novice hurdle for which both Houka D’Oudairies and Marsh Wren have been entered. The former, Gary Moore’s grey filly, was a recent Huntingdon runner-up while Marsh Wren won on the flat for trainer Stuart Edmunds and now looks to make a successful hurdling debut.

Bill and Barn from Milton Harris’ stable is among the entries for the 12.40pm conditional jockeys’ chase, the 10-year-old a recent Plumpton winner while Moore may run Movethechains, bidding for a hat-trick after successes at Lingfield twice in the last 10 days.

The Peter Charter Memorial Novice Hurdle at 1.15pm has six last time out winners  among the 14 entries including two from Olly Murphy’s stable, Italian Spirit and Salley Gardens.

Two trainers based in Wales, Christian Williams and Evan Williams, have great records at Fakenham and both have entries in the 1.50pm Weatherbys Chase over two miles, Loup De Maulde and Sabbathical respectively.

Main attraction, should she take her chance, will be See The Sea in the 2.25pm British Racing School Mares’ Hurdle. Trained by Donald McCain with Peter Kavanagh booked to ride, the seven-year-old mare won three times in October, at Taunton, Wincanton and Ludlow.

The busy race day is due to close with the 3.30pm NH flat race in which eight of the 11 entries look set to make their debuts, including Henderson’s Bridal Knot and two from Murphy’s yard, Rio Silva and Secret Trix.

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