28th Oct 2020

Racing Report from Greene King Raceday – 28th October

Champion jockey Brian Hughes grabbed a racing bonus at Fakenham when chasing debutant Gaelik Coast landed the Greene King IPA Novices’ Chase over two miles.
Riding the Donald McCain trained gelding, Hughes squeezed through a gap on the inside in the final strides to beat Timetochill by a head, the winner returned at 5/1.
“To be honest I didn’t think I’d won. The plan was to come here, have a good run on the good ground and give the horse some experience. Winning is a real bonus,” said Hughes, the reigning champion and leader in this year’s jump jockeys’ championship.
“Credit to Donald as the horse was sick as a youngster and he’s done well to get him here. It’s great that he has won,” added Hughes.
The Paul Nicholls trained favourite Mick Pastor fell at the last of the 12 fences after an exciting four-runner contest for the feature worth more than £12,000.
Master Burbidge rolled back the years to take the selling chase, recording his first success since March 2018.
The 10/1 chance under Harry Reed for trainer Neil Mulholland, fought out the finish with Dream Bolt but after both jumped the last of the 16 fences well, it was Master Burbidge who went on to score by a length.
Trainer David Pipe has a great record at Fakenham and enhanced it when To Fly Free, under Fergus Gillard, took the two-mile fillies’ hurdle, at 3/1.
The filly, having her fifth start, took it up before the final flight and scored by almost three lengths from Treaty of Dingle to give Pipe his fifth victory from his last 10 runners at the track.
There was no catching Skylanna Breeze in the three-mile hurdle, the five-year-old gelding scoring for father and son trainer and jockey Jonjo O’Neill and Jonjo junior, after leading all the way.
Plenty held chances with a circuit to go but none of the winner’s nine rivals could land a blow and the 11/1 chance won by more than two lengths from Jonjoela.
The two-mile handicap hurdle went to 9/2 chance Glimpse of Gold under Alexander Thorne for trainer Sarah Humphrey. Favourite Jackson Hill looked like challenging at the last flight but Glimpse of Gold held on to win by two lengths.
There was another pillar to post success in the opening two-mile maiden hurdle when Twominutes Turkish beat five rivals to win by 15 lengths under Josh Moore for trainer Chris Gordon.
Favourite Plenty in the Tank pulled up after a jumping error and Duc De Bourbon fell at the last, but none of that mattered to the 10/3 winner who relished his hurdling debut.
The closing two-mile bumper went to grey filly Martello Sky under Maxime Tissier who repeated a similar victory at the course in February, returned the 9/4 favourite.
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