27th Oct 2021

Report from Greene King Raceday – Wednesday 27th October


Paddy’s Motorbike was fully revved up for his chasing debut at Fakenham and landed the feature race, the £17,000 Greene King IPA Novice Chase.

Trained by Sam Thomas in Cardiff, the nine-year-old gelding, returned at 7/4, led from start to finish in the two-mile contest.

His two rivals never landed a blow and left jockey Sam Twiston-Davies smiling in the winners’ enclosure.

“He really enjoyed that and so did I. He jumped really well. The trainer told me he had done loads of work and so it proved. This is not an easy course and we all know what can happen at the last here so I was pleased to see it out,” said Twiston-Davies.

Barbados Blue, a seven-year-old, made a sensational chasing debut to land the Mares’ Novice Chase under Nico de Boinville for trainer Nicky Henderson.

The mare jumped her four rivals out of the picture to run out a clear winner, returned at 16/5.

“I did enjoy that. It’s not easy first time over the bigger obstacles and under top weight she has run a terrific race. She made it easy for me and jumped wonderfully well,” said the winning jockey.

Trainer Alan King’s Grandeur D’Ame took the opening Brian Bush Is 60 Maiden Hurdle when his key rival unseated his rider three flights from home.

Harry Cobden made the running on Hermes Bellevue but a bad mistake unseated the jockey and left the 4/7 favourite well clear to cruise home by 20 lengths under Gavin Sheehan.

Malakahna made a winning hurdles debut when taking the fillies’ juvenile contest for jockey Charlie Todd and trainer Ian Williams.

The 12/1 chance had only run twice, on the flat in France, winning and finishing runner-up. She was bought for £40,000 in July and sent to Wiliams’ Alvechurch stable where she had clearly learned her trade.

Favourite Aliomaana was trying to follow up a Perth success and challenged two flights out, but Malakahna raced clear to score by eight lengths.

Vocal Duke delighted favourite backers in the Greene King IPA Handicap Hurdle. Under Kevin Brogan for trainer Toby Lawes, Vocal Duke took it up around the final bend and despite a poor jump at the last, won comfortably at 5/4.

Tommie Beau, who won a hat-trick of hurdle races in May, made a winning chase debut in the finale, the Greene King IPA Novice Chase, under Kevin Jones for trainer Seamus Mullins, returned at 5/1.

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