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Sky Sports Raceday – Friday 16th October

Fakenham Racecourse opens its 2020/21 National Hunt season on Friday although the opening meeting, backed by Sky Sports Racing, will operate without members of the public present due to the Covid 19 restrictions.

“It’s behind closed doors racing so absolutely no members of the public will be allowed onto the racecourse and people must not try turning up. They will be turned away,” said Fakenham Chief Executive, David Hunter.

But the mood at the north Norfolk track remains postive with Fakenham announcing that it will contribute a minimum of £22,000 of its own money towards prize money on each of the five race days that remain in 2020, as well as having two races per day that qualify for prize money bonuses.

David Hunter explained: “Like all racecourses we have had a difficult time since Covid raised its ugly head. We lost three meetings at the end of last season but it could have been a lot worse and we have to be grateful that our caravan and camping site has been, and continues to be, very popular with guests.

“We want to hit the floor running on Friday and offer the best possible racing experience to owners, trainers, jockeys and all professionals involved in this great sport.

“Prize money is essential for the wellbeing of the sport and Fakenham has always committed as much as it can to the pot. In a time of Covid uncertainty that commitment remains strong and Fakenham will contribute at least £22,000 of its own funds to each remaining fixture in 2020. We hope to be able to do the same for 2021.

“Also, we will offer two handicap races each day as ‘Double Up Bonus Races’. If the winning horse in each bonus race, is trained by the same trainer, then the winning owner of each will get an extra £2,000.”

Feature races on Friday, when there are seven contests from 1pm to 4.10pm are the ‘Double Up’ races at 3.10pm and 3.40pm.

The 3.10pm Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles and the 3.40pm Download the At The Races App Handicap Chase over three miles, are both worth £15,000.

And the seven scheduled races have attracted a massive initial entry of 133 horses, including 27 for the feature hurdle contest and 17 for the feature chase.

Please see the link below for the digital racecard.

https://issuu.com/weatherbys/docs/fakenham_-_2020-10-16_-_digital?fr=sMjkwYTIwNzk1MTE

Also downloadable as a pdf (click here to download)

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