2nd Feb 2023

Report from Thursday’s 2nd February Race Meeting


Wymondham-based trainer Caroline Fryer enjoyed the applause in the Fakenham winners’ enclosure after landing the Fakenham Supports Racing To School Novice Chase with Cloudy Wednesday.

It was a sunny Thursday but that couldn’t stop Cloudy Wednesday, owned and trained by Fryer, from delighting the crowd and completing a rare double for conditional jockey Lewis Stones.

“We don’t have many horses and we don’t have many winners so we have to enjoy them all. It was great. Lewis said they went off too quick so he was left at the back. It was super to see the horse then dash by his rivals on the outside,” said Fryer.

Cloudy Wednesday was returned at 7/1 and completed a 31/1 double for Stones. Trainer Olly Murphy declared well-fancied Secret Trix a non-runner for the opening Little Snoring Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle but went on to win with his other runner Dev of Tara.

Stones kept the gelding on the inside rail and delivered him perfectly to win by two lengths from Ya Know Yaseff.

Sam Twiston-Davies, a frequent Fakenham winner was at his best when landing an excellent double.

Ben Buie, an ultra-consistent gelding from trainer Martin Keighley’s stable, landed the odds when taking the Paddy Power Chase under Twiston-Davies.

Always up with the pace, 15/2 chance Ben Buie was winning for the third time in four races, beating Templier after outjumping his seven rivals.

“He is so game and loves to race up with the pace. His is a great horse to have, as consistent as they come and a real joy for the owners,” said a delighted Keighley.

Twiston-Davies then used all his skills to comfortably take the Racing TV Maiden Hurdle on Sergeant Wilson, trained by his father Nigel.

Sergeant Wilson, sent off the 6/4 favourite, was given a superb ride by Twiston-Davies who kept the free-running five-year-old gelding up to his work to score from 33/1 outsider Enthused.

Bryony Frost cheered punters when she won the Coxford Mares’ Hurdle on the Lucy Wadham trained Brandisova, albeit by a short head. Brandisova and Doireann battled out the three-mile contest and 15/8 shot Brandisova held on after a last-ditch challenge from her rival.

“She deserved to win for the first time but it was close. My heart was in my mouth as we crossed the line,” said Frost.

The finale saw an all-the-way winning ride by Tom Scudamore on the David Pipe trained Pachacuti, returned the 15/8 favorite. ENDS – 446 words Terry Redhead.

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