18th Mar 2022

Report from Country Food Trust Raceday, Friday 18th March


Restitution, a gelded son of Frankel, delivered the £25,000 Country Food Trust Fakenham Silver Cup for Cheltenham Festival winner jockey and trainer Tom Cannon and Alan King.

Having landed the Arkle on Edwardstone on Tuesday, Cannon was all smiles after a great ride on the four-year-old, having his third start over hurdles.

“It was a really good performance. The race is a good stepping stone for him. He improved from his previous start and hopefully will go on again,” said Cannon, after dismounting the 11/8 winner.

Cannon completed a double as earlier he had taken the Walter Wales Memorial Hurdle on Hiway One O Three, who powered home for trainer Chris Gordon.

A recent Carlisle winner, the gelding made use of his light weight to score by seven lengths, returned at 4/6.

Via Dolorosa at 11/4, produced a stunning display of jumping to make every yard in the three-mile £20,000 Prince Carlton Chase under Philip Armson for trainer David Pipe.

The 10-year-old won at Southwell 11 days earlier, set off in front and never saw a rival.

“It’s a privilege to get a ride like that. He won under Tom Scudamore and he told me to set off in front and that the horse would do the rest. He jumped for fun and my seven-pound claim negated his rise in the weights,” said the winning jockey.

Dr Richard Newland’s good form at Fakenham continued when 5/6 favourite Rewired stormed home in the opening Robert Case Memorial Maiden Hurdle.

Ridden by Cilin Leonard, Rewired was always in the front rank and got the better of Coastguard Station to land the spoils.

The Droitwich trained completed a double when his Charlie Hammond ridden Wake Up Early took the Hellesdon Leather and Cloth Furnishing Chase, getting the better of long-time leader Goodnight Charlie, trained at Wymondham by Caroline Fryer, in the closing stages, returned at 4/1.

Another favourite landed the odds when Coole Well under Max Kendrick produced a stirring finish to pip Scudamore for a victory for trainer Jake Coulson.

Scudamore hugged the inside rail throughout the two-mile trip in the Country Food Trust Hurdle and looked sure to collect until Kendrick galvanised the 6/4 shot after the final flight to score.

The finale, the four-runner Robert Hoare Memorial Open Hunters’ Chase, went to the Dan Skelton trained Not That Fuisse under five-pound conditional Tristan Durrell, returned the 5/4 favourite.

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