29th Jan 2021

Racing Report from Thursday 28th January Race Meeting


A delighted Bryony Frost was full of praise for Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham after taking the feature King’s Lynn Chase, on 7/1 chance Admiral Barratry on Thursday.

And she went on to complete a double in the following hurdle contest, again for Wadham.

Frost gave Admiral Barratry a peach of a ride to score from Nicky Henderson’s Corrany under Nico de Boinville.

“He gave me a terrific ride. He doesn’t pull and jumps really well. I’m still getting to know him. I gave him an easy time at Doncaster once he was beaten last time. It’s a perfect piece of training by Lucy who has planned this race for him, and it’s paid off,” said Bryony.

In the four-runner Tote Mares’ Hurdle, Frost was excellent on Shantung, the 6/4 favourite, who led from start to finish to beat Yauthym.

“I left home at 4.30am and went from Somerset to Lucy’s stable at Newmarket where I schooled some lovely young horses. Then it was straight to Fakenham, so it’s already been a long day,” said Bryony.

“But it’s always worth it when you have winners and it’s always great when they are for Lucy,” added Bryony, who is released one day a week from Paul Nicholls’ stable and usually spends that time at Newmarket.

Sheldon looked a hurdler to follow when landing the RMA Sandhurst Louts Maiden Hurdle under Kevin Jones for trainer Seamus Mullins.

The evens favourite won by less than a length from Kildimo, despite not taking a liking to Fakenham’s tight turns.

“He hated the track but loved the heavy going,” said Jones. “He deserved this win although had the going been good I think he would have got beaten for speed,” he added.

Jockey Tom Cannon has a terrific strike rate at the track and he took a gruelling opener on the heavy ground, on the Chris Gordon trained Invincible Cave.

The eight-year-old gelding had showed little in six previous chases, despite twice winning over hurdles, but he landed the Hunstanton Selling Chase, leading throughout the 21-furlong trip, returned at 5/1.

Leave My Alone won her first race when taking the Brancaster Mares’ Chase under Ritchie McLernon for trainer Richenda Ford. Returned at 5/1, the mare beat the only other finisher, Jonjoela by a distance.

Top weight Bells of Peterboro defied odds of 11/1 to take the Gateley Hurdle under Alan Johns for Tim Vaughan, before the finale, the Conditional Jockey’s Hurdle, went to Avithos, trained by Mark Gillard and ridden by his son Fergus,  returned at 7/1.

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