26th Oct 2022

Report from the Greene King Raceday on Wednesday 26th October

JACK’S THE LAD AS KALEB PROVES THE STAR OF THE SHOW

Jockey Jack Quinlan grabbed the honours with a double at Fakenham on Wednesday and was particularly impressed with his mount Kaleb, after the four-year-old gelding by Sir Percy had broken his maiden tag by winning the Wolferton Hurdle.

“He’s even better than he showed today. He had a good lead early on but was then left in front too early. Even so he jumped fluently and kept finding and I think the owners will have a lot of fun and good times with him in the future,” said Quinlan.

The Amy Murphy trained winner, returned at 3/1, always looked to have matters in hand and saw off favourite Milldam by almost four lengths.

Quinlan swiftly completed a 11/1 double when 2/1 favourite La Breille took The Anmer Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle by a head in a slow-motion finish.

A faller on British hurdling debut at Stratford three weeks earlier, La Breille, trained by Richard Bandey, was all out to hold off the challenge of Lechro, ridden by unrelated namesake Sean Quinlan.

Feature race, the £15,000 Sandringham Mares’ Novice Chase, went to 5/2 chance Fairfield Ferrata under Conor O’Farrell for trainer Jedd O’Keefe.

The Dan Skelton trained Dazzling Glory was headed by the eventual winner three out and tried hard to battle back but six-year-old Fairfield Ferrata proved too strong and was a comfortable winner.

“She is very game and is turning into a good staying mare. I think she is capable of a longer trip and has taken to fences very well. There are plenty of options for her going forward,” he said.

The opening three-mile Greene King IPA Novices’ Chase backed up the old racing adage of backing the outsider in a three-horse race.

Dan’s Chosen, under Sean Houlihan for Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs, went off at 5/2 but managed to beat his two better supported rivals. The gelding, securing a first career success, jumped fluently throughout, took it up three out and won by a distance from Who Is That, after favourite Getthepot refused at the final fence.

Sawpit Sienna’s last success was at Fakenham in November 2020 but the seven-year-old mare recaptured winning was when landing the Greene King IPA Mares’ Hurdle under Tom Bellamy for trainer Sam Drinkwater.

The 15/8 chance took up the running two flights out and held off Cluain Aodha on which Quinlan was seeking a treble.

The closing Greene King IPA Hurdle went to 9/4 shot Al Zaraqaan under Gavin Sheehan for trainer Archie Watson, despite a final flight blunder, the gelding completing a hat-trick after victories at Newton Abbott and Bro Park in Sweden.

 

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