19th Dec 2021

Report from Sunday 19th Christmas Race Meeting

IT’S A CRACKER AS FROST LIFTS THE GLOOM ON THE ADMIRAL

Bryony Frost’s love affair with Fakenham continued with a pre-Christmas cracker of a success in Sunday’s £17,500 feature Paddocks Cheveley Chase.

Riding the Lucy Wadham trained Admiral Barratry, Frost hunted around in the foggy conditions for two circuits before getting down to business over the final mile to score at 3/1, ahead of front-running grey, Luckofthedraw.

“He wasn”t really giving me anything until the final circuit,” said Frost. “But he loves it here and saw it out really well”.

Welsh rider Ellis Collier scoring for the fifth time on the Christian Williams trained Uno Mas. Collier, at six-feet two inches tall, looks an unlikely rider, but he steered a perfect course in the marathon Christmas Cracker Stayers’ Chase to take the spoils at 11/5.

Uno Mas had won three times under Collier but always over hurdles. The switch to the larger obstacles worked and the seven-year-old gelding stayed on for a first chase victory.

“I’ll never forget this horse. I gave him one breather, and knew he would stay forever, and he did the rest,” said Collier.

There was a stewards’ inquiry after a close finish to the three-mile handicap hurdle which saw Nico de Boinville first over the line on the Nicky Henderson trained Lelantos. Lelantos and Tiny Tantrum certainly ‘bumped’ before the final flight before the 11/4 favourite surged home and kept thecontest.

Jack Quinlan came in for a spare ride on the Ben Case trained Conceroe and duly landed the maiden hurdle in a driving finish with Commodore Miller.

The five-year-old gelding was third on hurdling debut at Kelso and pulled out all the stops to squeeze home at 5/6.

Seven-year-old mare The Feckenham Fox had failed place in all seven of her hurdle races, but on chase debut, stormed home in the Mares’ Chase at 9/2 under James Best for trainer Max Young. The winner never looked like being caught by runner-up Glorious Lady.

There was an unusual start to the day when odds-on favourite Code Name Lise was withdrawn under veterinary instructions at the start of the opener. That left two mares in the maiden hurdle which went to 9/2 chance Shiroccy Road, under Ben Jones for trainer Emma Lavelle, who capitalised on poor jumping by sole rival Cool Stone to cruise home.

The closing handicap hurdle went to Vocal Duke at 11/4 under Kevin Brogan for trainer Toby Lawes. It looked like a possible double for Frost but she just failed to catch the winner, riding Glutnforpunishment.

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