5th Jan 2021

Report from Monday 4th January Race Meeting


Jockey Jordan Nailor took Monday’s feature race at Fakenham and quickly paid tribute to winning trainer Sam Thomas.

Nailor landed the Fakenham Racecourse Handicap on Thomas’s Not A Role Model, securing his 37th success of the season.

“It’s great being with a big yard as I am with Nigel Twiston-Davies, but I’ve had a lot of support from Sam. He has been good to me and it’s great to start a new year with a winner for him,” said Nailor.

“I won on this horse over fences at Wincanton and today was his first hurdling success. He’s straightforward and likes to be in front,” said Nailor, who led from start to finish on the 4/1 nine-year-old gelding trained by Thomas, the former Denman winning jockey.

Zee Man, last seen down the field at Warwick nine months ago, produced a telling effort to land the Wells Handicap Chase under Fergus Gregory for trainer Olly Murphy.

Norfolk-born Gregory produced the seven-year-old with a mighty leap at the open ditch and scored by seven lengths from pacesetter Lessankan. The winner, making his chasing debut, was returned at 100/30.

Favourite Miss Zip made a blunder in the Mares’ Handicap Chase and despite Adam Wedge’s tremendous recovery, the horse was pulled up.

That left it clear for 5/1 chance Krujers Girl to take it up before the final fence to score by five lengths under Kevin Brogan, for trainer Johnny Farrelly.

Farrelly went on to complete a 29/1 double when veteran 13-year-old Love The Leader took the stamina-testing three-and-a-half miles plus chase under Mitch Bastyan at 4/1, finishing 14 lengths clear of Orchard Thieves. It was great compensation for connections, beaten into second last time at Wincanton.

There was no easier winner than the Robbie Dunne ridden Pride of Pemberley who won the Happy New Year Hurdle for Nigel Dunger, his first winner for 600 days. The 12/1 chance was helped when well-fancied Perfect Moment fell at the fourth flight.

At the previous meeting there was a major gamble on Sopat, only for trainer Phil Middleton’s mare to finish down the field. But she repaid him in the Thorpland Maiden Hurdle, leading from start to finish to score at 5/1 under Kielan Woods.

The finale, the two-mile bumper, was impressively won by Bill Baxter under 10-pound claimer Caoilin Quinn for trainer Warren Greatrex, returned at 8/1.

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