9th May 2023

Tuesdays Raceday Report

PIPE’S DUC GOES THE DISTANCE TO SNATCH THE NORFOLK NATIONAL GLORY

Duc De Beauchene went further than three miles for the first time in his career and won the £30,000 Norfolk National at Fakenham under Fergus Gillard for trainer David Pipe.

It was a cracking renewal of the three-mile five-furlong marathon and Duc De Beauchene, Jonny Max and Wake Up Early took the last of the 21 fences in a line. But it was the J P McManus owned 10-year-old who prevailed at 5/1.

“That was amazing. It’s the first time he has raced further than three miles. But he would not settle and leaned in on me for the first two circuits. Then he seemed to start enjoying himself and did it well. He is a bit temperamental; you never really know what you are going to get,” said Gillard.

The result was harsh on the second and third who had battled it out for most of the stamina-sapping contest which was very competitive throughout.

Way Out, trained by Syd Hosie, took the opening Duke of Lancaster Academy Hurdle in style. Favourite Copshill Lad crashed out at the final flight but had never looked like pegging back the 7/4 winner ridden by Micheal (correct) Nolan.

Nolan completed a double when 22/1 outsider Baby Sham held on in a three-way finish to land the Autism in Racing Handicap Hurdle. The photo saw the Seamus Mullins trained mare get the verdict over fast-finishing favourite Scudamore and early leader Lighthouse Mill.

The race had real drama when Living’s Boy An Co and Top Draw fell at the flight in front of the stands, leaving Bryony Frost and Ben Ffrench-Davis needing medical attention. Frost was stood down for the day as a result.

Jigginstown King scored a debut chase success when running his six rivals into the ground in the Fakenham Handicap Chase under a well-judged ride by Cillin Leonard. Trained by Oliver Signy, the 9/4 chance was a runner-up at Hereford in February and improved again to lead from start to finish.

Hot favourite Gavin tore his rivals apart to take the Snellings Selling Hurdle from last year’s returning winner, Hey Bob. Under Jack Quinlan, the Joe Ponting trained gelding won by 16 lengths at 15/8 and was subsequently bought by trainer Peter Bowen for £8,600.

The closing Maiden Hunters’ Chase for the Turner Trophy went to the Charlie Marshall ridden Raleagh Flora trained by Andrew Pennock who, at 9/4, beat For Rita by 49 lengths.

Before racing, Fakenham Racing Club’s Allo Allo graced the parade ring. Trained by Stuart Edmunds, Allo Allo won two hurdle races at Fakenham before a first chase victory, at Bangor. The club also owns Conceroe, trained by Ben Case, who will also train the club’s latest recruit, Pollywiggle.

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