11th Nov 2020

Fakenham Greene King 2020

Preview of Weatherbys Race Day – Tuesday 17th November


Leading trainers have made top-class entries for the £15,000 Raynham Novice Chase, the feature race of Fakenham’s third meeting of the 2020/21 season, taking place on Tuesday (November 17).

Among the 87 entries for the seven-race card, again having to be held behind closed doors due to Covid restrictions, are nine for the 2.03pm two miles and five furlong chase.

Paul Nicholls has entered Getaway Trump and booked Harry Cobden to ride the seven-year-old gelding, fourth at Cheltenham last time after a Warwick success. Nicholls, who has made a storming start to the campaign with more than 50 winners, has also entered the JP McManus owned Dr Sanderson, a Plumpton winner a month ago.

Another gelding owned by McManus, Birchdale, has been entered by trainer Nicky Henderson while Kim Bailey has pencilled in Happygolucky, his six-year-old bidding for a hat-trick after his most recent success at the end of October at Stratford.

Welsh trainer Christian Williams has Limited Reserve, also bidding for a three-timer after wins at Sandown and Taunton at the start of the year, while Dan Skelton has entered I’d Better Go Now, a Perth winner in September.

Neil King, a trainer with a great record at the North Norfolk track, and Emma Lavelle, have also made initial entries for the contest.

Half an hour later the £14,000 Sculthorpe Mares’ Handicap Hurdle is scheduled over two miles and 11 entries have been made including an interesting British newcomer in Gabrielle Du Seuil. The filly was previously trained in France by Ecurie Mickael Seror but is now with David Pipe, who has a terrific strike rate at Fakenham.

Also entered are Maskada, a recent Hereford winner for trainer and frequent Fakenham visitor Stuart Edmunds, and Skelton’s Getariver, a recent runner-up at Stratford.

The day’s other chase, over three miles at 1.03pm sees 14 entries, five of them last time out winners. They are Aughnacurra King from David Jeffreys’ stable, a recent Plumpton winner, El Kadoun, Henderson’s Hexham winner in October and Gleno, Gary Moore’s October Lingfield winner.

Rose of Ashaboe, Nick Gifford’s Plumpton scorer now makes her chasing debut, and Tribesmans Glory, Tom George’s charge trying to repeat his Bangor success in October on what was then his chasing debut, are also entered.

The meeting opens with a novice handicap hurdle at 12.33pm and ends with the 3.33pm bumper, a National Hunt flat race, over two miles.

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