10th Apr 2023

Report from Aldiss Race Day – Easter Monday 10th April

TOUGH BOLDMERE BATTLES IT OUT TO LAND EASTER GLORY AT FAKENHAM

Boldmere “toughed it out” to land the Easter Monday feature, the three-mile £30,000 Aldiss Furnishing Stores Veterans Chase for the David Keith Memorial Cup at Fakenham.

The 10-year-old gelding under Harry Bannister was left in front three fences from home when Cyclop, bidding to win four times in succession, crashed out.

The other rival, Fidux, threw down a challenge but Boldmere proved too strong and won at 5/4 by a neck.

“He really had to tough it out. We had lots of rain this morning and I don’t think he relished the ground. But he proved he is tough,” said winning jockey Bannister.

“It was a tight call but he deserved that,” said winning trainer Alex Hales.

Swaffham Bulbeck, under Ciaran Gethings for trainer Stuart Edmunds, relished a step up in trip to land the Easter Monday Seniors’ Hurdle at 2/1.

Gethings kept the nine-year-old away from the early gallop but cruised past three rivals to take the £15,000 contest, with a 14-length success from Small Bad Bob.

Grey mare Luna Dora broke her maiden tag when winning the Cecil and Sheila Buttifant Mares’ Hurdle under Ben Poste for trainer Tom Symonds.

The mares’ seventh attempt over the smaller obstacles proved successful and she ran out a comfortable winner from Glance At Me. Returned at 5/1, she was back in action after six months off, having been second twice in the autumn.

The winning streak of trainer Gary Moore continued in the Bruce Towers and Sons Selling Chase when 5/4 favourite Sopran Thor finished alone after a dramatic four-runner contest, to notch up the trainer’s 16th win from his last 32 runners.

Sir Apollo crashed out in front of the stands, Enduring Love fell in the back straight and Fancy Foundations came to grief at the last, leaving Sopran Thor under Tom Cannon to claim the prize before being sold for £8,000.

The Queen’s Cup proved another dramatic contest and looked to be heading to Rebel Dawn Rising. But the gelding fell at the last of the 18 fences and left the Ed Turner trained Janika, ridden by Rupert Stearn, to take the spoils at 4/1.

The opening Fisher Electrical Maiden Hurdle was a match between 1/8 chance Havaila and Overstate with the favourite taking the spoils under Mitch Bastyan for trainer Milton Harris, surviving a scare at the final flight to win by 75 lengths.

By contrast the finale, the bumper, had the biggest field of the day, the 11-runner race completing a double for Gethings and Edmunds when Birdhouse stormed through on the inside to score at 8/1.

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