17th Oct 2022

Report from Paddy Powers Raceday on Friday 14th October


Friday proved a perfect start for members of the new Fakenham Race Club when its first runner, Allo Allo, was a surprise winner of the Anglia Car Auctions Hurdle, one of six races on the card at Fakenham’s first meeting of the 2022/23 National Hunt season.

The race club has two horses, Allo Allo, trained by Stuart Edmunds, and Conceroe, trained by Ben Case.

For a fee of £480 for the season, you can become a member of the club, whose colours are green with gold sleeves and cap, and share in the fortunes of the two horses and, of course, share in prizemoney they win.

Under jockey Ciaran Gethings, Allo Allo, a six-year-old gelding, well supported in to 16/5, stormed ahead of short-priced favourite Haliphon to win in front of a packed grandstand.

The winners’ enclosure was packed with club members as the horse and rider returned.

“He’s a bonny little horse and I thought he would need today’s race so the win is a  bonus,” said Edmunds, who trains at Newport Pagnell and who is a frequent and successful visitor to Fakenham.

Gethings was delighted to take the pats on the back from the many delighted Race Club members.

“I’ve never been so popular. I’ve made a lot of friends today. Good job I didn’t get caught on the line otherwise I don’t think I would have ever dared return to the course,” said Gethings.

There was no such good fortune for the new club’s other runner Conceroe in the finale, the Paddy Power Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Trained by Ben Case who operates at Banbury in Oxfordshire, the six-year-old gelding, ridden by Jack Quinlan, finished third, less than nine lengths behind winner Bobmahley.

The opening day’s feature race saw Shetland Bus, under jockey Luke Scott, grabbed the narrowest of victories to take the £30,000 Paddy Power Handicap for trainer Dr Richard Newland.

It was a great start to the season at the north Norfolk venue where there has been extensive summer work. Fakenham has upgraded the jockeys’ changing rooms and weighing room so that they are fully compliant with the new BHA instructions on having valet work areas that are gender neutral, a jockeys’ exercise area and a bigger and new ladies changing room.

The racecourse has also doubled the size of the Owners’ and Trainers’ Cool Roxy Bar and the new Long Bar is under construction and should be open for the December race meeting.

Next meeting is the Greene King Raceday on Wednesday, October 26.

If you want to know more about the Fakenham Race Club, email ian@fakenhamracecourse.co.uk

PICTURES – below is a link to some images. Image number 178 shows Allo Allo over the final flight and on his way to winning while 190 shows horse and jockey surrounded in the winners’ enclosure by the successful members of the Fakenham Race Club.


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