29th Nov 2020

Preview of St. Andrew’s Day Runners – Monday 30th November

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Trainer Stuart Coltherd aims to strike for Scotland when Fakenham stages its fourth National Hunt fixture of the season, again behind closed doors,  on Monday, St Andrew’s Day.

Based in Selkirk in the Scottish borders, Coltherd, with son Sam in the saddle, has two runners on the six-race card and bids to make the trip to north Norfolk as profitable as possible.

Three-pound claimer Sam partners 11-year-old Achill Road Boy in the feature race, the £11,000 Testerton Handicap Chase over more than three-and-a-half miles at 2.20pm.

A runner-up at Hexham earlier this month, Achill Road Boy is one of eight declared for a competition contest in which four of the runners won last time.

Cheque En Blanc sees Niall Houlihan claim seven pounds for trainer Gary Moore on his recent Fontwell winner while Speedy Cargo, Harry Bannister riding for Warren Greatrex, is bidding for a hat-trick after scoring at Plumpton in October and Cartmel in August.

Jack Tudor rides Welsh trainer Christian Williams’ Strictlyadancer, an Exeter winner and a previous Fakenham scorer while Bryony Frost will be trying to push home Sarah Humphrey’s The Happy Chappy, a Plumpton winner a fortnight ago.

The Coltherds are in action earlier in the 1.15pm Racing is Everyone’s Sport Chase when they saddle Graystown, one of two of the field seeking a hat-trick.

Graystown, an eight-year-old gelding, clearly loves Hexham, winning there twice in October. Main rival looks to be Captain Speaking, under Jack Quinlan for Nick Littmoden, the five-year-old winning at Plumpton and Uttoxeter in September.

Thomas Todd, under Patrick Cowley for trainer Laura Morgan, is another with a shout, the 10-year-old recently fourth at Wetherby, but successful at Fakenham last year.

The meeting starts with the 12-runner Pudding Norton Hurdle at 12.45pm in which Dash of Blue, a recent Southwell winner, goes for trainer Ben Pauling. Andapa, for Michael Roberts, a Plumpton runner-up last time, and Ermyn’s Emerald for Pat Phelan, are the key threats, the latter a Huntingdon runner-up a fortnight ago.

A quartet contest the St Andrews Day Maiden Hurdle at 1.50pm featuring the Chris Gordon trained Pasvolsky, making a hurdling debut after winning a Wincanton bumper, while nine go in the 2.50pm Toftrees Juvenile Hurdle headed by Pam Sly’s Grouseman and Paul Nicholls’ Hacker Des Places under Harry Cobden.

The 3.20 finale, the Colkirk Chase, sees Glimpse of Gold under Frost for Humphrey, looking to win again in north Norfolk as he did in October.



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