22nd Mar 2023

Report from Country Food Trust Raceday, Friday 17th March

COLEMAN SIDESTEPS CHELTENHAM TO LAND FAKENHAM’S SILVER PRIZE

Top jockey Aidan Coleman bypassed the Cheltenham Gold Cup and made his only ride at Fakenham a winning one in The Country Food Trust Fakenham Silver Cup Hurdle.

Coleman partnered the Charlie Longsdon trained Parramount, who blew away his seven rivals to impressively win the £25,000 contest.

“I’d rather be riding a winner at Fakenham than making up numbers at Cheltenham,” said Coleman.

“I fancied Parramount for the Imperial Cup but the rain came and the trainer did well to switch and find this great prize for him,” added Coleman.

The outcome was never in doubt as Parramount surged clear to win at 3/1 from Swaffham Bulbeck.

Brandisova, previously a winner at Fakenham over hurdles, won her first chase when taking the GB Driveways Novice Chase under Bryony Frost for trainer Lucy Wadham.

The battling seven-year-old mare was always in front and won at 5/2 after a gutsy performance.

“She is very tough. The win over hurdles restored her confidence and she has done this well. She got in tight a few times at the fences but did the job,” said Frost, whose mount finished clear of Mixed Wave.

Evens favourite Le Tuer battled it out over more than three and a half miles to take a gruelling Lightdoor Limited Chase under claimer Jay Tidball for trainer Sarah Humphrey.

A winner at Huntingdon 12 days earlier, Le Tuer took it up before the open ditch on the penultimate circuit and plugged on to beat his three rivals.

Nothingtochance, a half-sister to Edwardstone, opened her account when winning the Robert Case Memorial Maiden Hurdle under Tom Bellamy for trainer Alan King.

The 7/4 favourite proved too good for her eight rivals and bounded clear two out to comfortably defeat Lucid Dreams and Mistral Nell.

There was a good finish to the opening Country Food Trust Claiming Hurdle with Weebill holding off Al Zaraqaan to land the spoils for Daire Davis and trainer Olly Murphy.

Weebill had previously won at Fakenham in 2018 and was always in the driving seat to thwart the patiently ridden favourite by a length, returned at 5/2.

Bashers Reflection, second at Fakenham previously, returned to land the Walter Wales Memorial Hurdle in the style of a 6/5 favourite. Under Jack Quinlan for Ben Case, the gelding always looked the likely winner.

The closing Robert Hoare Memorial Hunters’ Chase gave a third career win for jockey Heidi Palin on the Dan Skelton trained Bennys King at 15/8, first of just three finishers from the seven-strong field.

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