18th Dec 2020

Christmas Meeting – Sunday’s 20th December Declarations

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Fakenham Racecard – Sunday 20th December

 

MAYPOLE BIDS TO BE TOP OF THE CLASS IN FRONT OF A FAKENHAM CROWD

A limited number of Fakenham annual members have been rewarded with a competitive card, when they attend Sunday’s six-race meeting.

Since the start of the 2020/21 season, all four meetings at the north Norfolk course have been behind closed doors due to Covid restrictions.

“These loyal racegoers have paid their membership for the year and have not been racing since March 16, so it is right they have first priority,” said Fakenham’s chief executive, David Hunter.

Feature is the 1.45pm Sky Sports Racing Handicap Chase for which there are seven runners headed by Jonjo O’Neill’s Maypole Class, a recent Bangor winner in only his second chase.

At the foot of the handicap, Duhallow Lad goes for Tom O’Brien and trainer Alan Jones, the gelding a Bangor runner-up, while Robbie Dunne takes the ride on Venetia Williams’ Eceparti. Another with a chance is Alrightjack under Gavin Sheehan for Jamie Snowden, the six-year-old third in his last two outings.

The other chase is the 2.50pm Vote Hollie Doyle for Sports Personality of the Year Mares’ Handicap Chase for which in-form trainer Kim Bailey has Miss Gemstone under David Bass. The six-year-old unseated at Ludlow earlier this month, after she had finished runner-up at Stratford.

Princess Roxy, Harry Bannister for Ben Case, has looked useful in her two chases while Episode represents Josh Moore and father Gary, the mare fifth at Leicester last time.

Martello Sky will be warm favourite for the opening Vote for Hollie Mares’ Maiden Hurdle at 12.45pm, the Bryony Frost ridden and Lucy Wadham trained four-year-old fifth at Cheltenham after a Fakenham win in October.

In that same Cheltenham race, Allavina, for Aidan Coleman and trainer Olly Murphy, was fourth following a win at Market Rasen.

Jonjoela has finished second in her last two races for trainer Alex Hales and goes in the 1.15pm British Racing School Handicap Hurdle but Murphy has two in Fakenham regular Todd, running at the course for the 10th time, and Made For You, trying to better his third at Chepstow.

Josh and Gary Moore have a great opening in the 2.20pm Fakenham Skips Supporting EACH and the RBL Handicap Hurdle with Gorham’s Cave, runner-up at Fakenham  in November, while also taking their chance is the Pam Sly trained Silkstone, fourth in that same Fakenham contest.

A dozen go in the 3.20pm finale, the Christmas Holidays Maiden Hurdle, including a rare hurdler for Andrew Balding in Diocletian.

 

MAYPOLE BIDS TO BE TOP OF THE CLASS IN FRONT OF A FAKENHAM CROWD

A limited number of Fakenham annual members have been rewarded with a competitive card, when they attend Sunday’s six-race meeting.

Since the start of the 2020/21 season, all four meetings at the north Norfolk course have been behind closed doors due to Covid restrictions.

“These loyal racegoers have paid their membership for the year and have not been racing since March 16, so it is right they have first priority,” said Fakenham’s chief executive, David Hunter.

Feature is the 1.45pm Sky Sports Racing Handicap Chase for which there are seven runners headed by Jonjo O’Neill’s Maypole Class, a recent Bangor winner in only his second chase.

At the foot of the handicap, Duhallow Lad goes for Tom O’Brien and trainer Alan Jones, the gelding a Bangor runner-up, while Robbie Dunne takes the ride on Venetia Williams’ Eceparti. Another with a chance is Alrightjack under Gavin Sheehan for Jamie Snowden, the six-year-old third in his last two outings.

The other chase is the 2.50pm Vote Hollie Doyle for Sports Personality of the Year Mares’ Handicap Chase for which in-form trainer Kim Bailey has Miss Gemstone under David Bass. The six-year-old unseated at Ludlow earlier this month, after she had finished runner-up at Stratford.

Princess Roxy, Harry Bannister for Ben Case, has looked useful in her two chases while Episode represents Josh Moore and father Gary, the mare fifth at Leicester last time.

Martello Sky will be warm favourite for the opening Vote for Hollie Mares’ Maiden Hurdle at 12.45pm, the Bryony Frost ridden and Lucy Wadham trained four-year-old fifth at Cheltenham after a Fakenham win in October.

In that same Cheltenham race, Allavina, for Aidan Coleman and trainer Olly Murphy, was fourth following a win at Market Rasen.

Jonjoela has finished second in her last two races for trainer Alex Hales and goes in the 1.15pm British Racing School Handicap Hurdle but Murphy has two in Fakenham regular Todd, running at the course for the 10th time, and Made For You, trying to better his third at Chepstow.

Josh and Gary Moore have a great opening in the 2.20pm Fakenham Skips Supporting EACH and the RBL Handicap Hurdle with Gorham’s Cave, runner-up at Fakenham  in November, while also taking their chance is the Pam Sly trained Silkstone, fourth in that same Fakenham contest.

A dozen go in the 3.20pm finale, the Christmas Holidays Maiden Hurdle, including a rare hurdler for Andrew Balding in Diocletian.

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