1st Apr 2024

Report from Aldiss Raceday, Easter Monday 1st April

EASTER MONDAY DELIGHT FOR CAROLINE WHILE CHAMP LANDS A TREBLE

Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer was full of praise for her eight-year-old gelding Cloudy Wednesday who put in a superb round of jumping to ensure local success at Fakenham’s Easter Monday Aldiss Raceday.

Just a week earlier Cloudy Wednesday was beaten by a neck at Huntingdon but under Lewis Stones he made sure of victory in the Bruce Towers and Sons Mechanical Engineers Chase over three miles.

“He was fantastic. Isn’t he great! He’s so versatile. He can do it over two miles and now over three. He’s a great horse to own and train,” said Caroline, who has been based on the outskirts of Wymondham, at Browick Hall Stables, since 2011.

Returned at 5/2, Cloudy Wednesday was never seriously threatened and won by 11 lengths from the David Pipe trained Via Dante.

While Caroline scored for the locals, the hero of the day was champion jockey Brian Hughes who bagged a treble. He completed his threesome by winning the closing bumper on newcomer Star Walking for trainer Harry Fry, returned the 10/11 favourite.

Hughes kicked off proceedings by winning on 11/10 favourite Camarrate for trainer Donald McCain. The jockey had Camarrate in the front two throughout the Fisher Electrical Contractors Juvenile Maiden Hurdle and the gelding duly went one better than when finishing runner-up at Kelso a month ago, to score well despite a poor jump at the final flight.

Hughes then scored again when Ingennio took the Aldiss Selling Chase for trainer Richard Hobson. Shortcross Storm went off like a steam train early on but when he inevitably faded it was left for Ingennio to stroll to an easy 39-length success, returned at 5/2.

West Wratting trainer Sara Humphrey has a fine Fakenham record and her gelding Éclair De Beaufeu, well ridden by James Best, scored a surprise 10/1 victory in the Aldiss Seniors Handicap Hurdle, just holding off favourite Up For Parol.

Six-year-old mare Glance At Me was runner-up in last year’s Cecil and Sheila Buttifant Memorial Mares’ Hurdle and a year later went one better to score at 7/2 for Chipping Norton trainer Andrew Martin.

Ridden by James Martin, Glance At Me travelled well throughout and a good leap at the final flight sealed a comfortable victory for the small Oxfordshire stable.

One sad event was the death of the John Cornwall trained veteran Torrent Des Mottes. The grey 13-year-old was pulled up in the home straight and collapsed and died in the parade ring after the conclusion of the Aldiss Selling Chase.

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