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Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse, Norfolk

Jarrold Ladies Day | ENTRIES


The ‘Ladies’ will bring down the curtain on Fakenham’s National Hunt season on Sunday when the north Norfolk course holds its annual Jarrold Ladies Day six-race meeting.

There are prizes available for the best-dressed ladies while the far from an insignificant matter of six top races should keep punters happy from 2.20pm to 4.55pm.

The feature race is the 2.50pm Jarrold Ladies Day Handicap Chase over three miles and 18 fences worth more than £10,000 to the winner.

Trainer Neil King has Fakenham regular Princeton Royale among the 12 entries, the nine-year-old gelding a Stratford winner over a shorter trip in April, having twice been runner-up at Fakenham early in the year.

Jonjo O’Neill has Easy Street, an eight-year-old successful at Warwick early in May while Hedgeinator, from Christian Williams’ stable, returns to the course where he was fourth a month ago in the Snellings Norfolk National behind Emerald Rose, having previously won at Sedgefield and Ludlow.

While the class three contest is the day’s highlight, the 3.55pm Wordingham Plant Hire Novice Chase over two miles also promises to be compelling.

Among those entered are Michael Wigham’s previous course winner Gin and Tonic, a runner-up on Bank Holiday Monday at Huntingdon, Muhtaris, a Uttoxeter winner at the weekend for trainer Ian Williams, and Tikkinthebox, Jeremy Scott’s six-year-old gelding a May winner at Wincanton, following an earlier victory at Taunton.

Lady amateur riders get their chance to shine in the 4.25pm handicap hurdle in which Stratford-based trainer Olly Murphy, by far the most successful trainer at the course this season, has three entered. They are former course winner Bisoubisou, Emma’s Dilemma, third at Market Rasen earlier this month, and Flow With Eve, fourth at that Lincolnshire course on the same card.

The finale is the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards Novice Handicap Chase for which a dozen have been entered, including Millen Dollar Man, trained by Alex Dunn in Somerset, and a winner at Fakenham at the last meeting. The nine-year-old faces a step up in trip in the three-miler.

The day opens with the 2.20pm Pedlars Hall Café Double Bubble Breakfast Handicap Hurdle in which Christian Williams has entered Fifth Shades, a Worcester winner prior to finishing runner-up at Huntingdon on Bank Holiday Monday.

At 3.25pm the King’s Lynn Maiden Hurdle over two miles has attracted an initial entry of 19, including Murphy’s Yensir, third of seven on hurdling debut at Ludlow a fortnight ago.



Book Tickets at Fakenham Racecourse

Post Racing Report | Totepool Silver Cup Day

It may have been a long way from the Gold Cup at Cheltenham but celebrations were equally as enthusiastic when 8/1 chance Potters Midnight grabbed the Silver Cup at Fakenham yesterday.

Breeder and owner Jane May greeted winning jockey Jack Quinlan with a massive hug after he had dismounted from the mare, whose well-timed run guided her home by a length.

It could have been closer but for a jumping error at the final hurdle by eventual runner-up All My Love.

“She’s a tough little mare who jumped great and travelled well. It may have been closer had the other horse not hit the last, but mine was staying on,” said Quinlan.

“I’m so pleased for Mrs May, she’s so enthusiastic and bred this one,” he added.

Mrs May could not complete a double after a dramatic climax to the Prince Carlton Chase. Her Potters Legend was closing in on long-time leader Minella On Line but both fell at the final fence to leave outsider Morney Wing  to triumph, having been 35 lengths adrift when the leading pair crashed out.

Trained by Charlie Mann and ridden by Josh Moore, it was a lucky success for 9/1 chance Morney Wing, who held off What Happens Now.

Jockey Harrison Beswick managed a near all-the-way success when steering home Enjoy Responsibly, owned by his father John, in the Easter Monday Racing at Fakenham Chase.

The 5/2 chance, trained by Oliver Sherwood, took it up after the second fence and never saw a rival, producing a superb display of jumping to win from Morton’s Leam.

Winning machine Ascendant notched his sixth victory in seven starts this season when landing the selling hurdle under Patrick Cowley for trainer Johnny Farrelly. Sent off 4/11 favourite, 12-year-old Ascendant swept to the front before the final bend to run clear from Saucysioux.

Trainer Ollie Murphy continued his excellent success rate at the course when favourite Weebill had a facile win under James Nixon in the Robert Case Memorial Hurdle, returned a prohibitive 1/4.

But there was no double for Murphy when his gelding Wood Pigeon, sent off favourite, was beaten in the Walter Wales Memorial Chase, by 2/1 chance Heresmynumber, Adam Wedge’s only ride of the day, the winner trained by Ali Stronge.

Words by Terry Redhead


DATE OF NEXT RACE MEETING: Easter Monday, 2nd April 2018



Maxime Tissier and Artifice Sivola

Repeat success for Maxime Tissier and Artifice Sivola

When French jockey Maxime Tissier continued his winning ways at Fakenham on New Year’s Day it left a small group of racing reporters in the press box recalling its ‘O’ and ‘A’ level French!

I had managed to have a chat with 27-year-old Maxime when he won on the Lucy Wadham trained Banjo Girl in only his second ride in England, at the course’s pre-Christmas meeting on Tuesday, December 19.

“I have been in the country for 16 months and I am learning the business and the language,” said Maxime, who managed 14 victories in France before joining Mrs Wadham in Newmarket.

Clearly Maxime is learning the business for on New Year’s Day he teamed up with grey gelding Artifice Sivola to land the feature race on the six-race card, the North Norfolk Handicap Hurdle.

Again, as with his ride on Banjo Girl, Tissier set off up with the pace and never saw another rival, this time Artifice Sivola pulling off a superb victory to win the contest he won exactly 12 months earlier.

Since winning on January 1, 2017, Artifice Sivola has contested five chases, finishing second three times but in his last chase, suffering a fall at Fakenham.

“That win should boost his confidence and I think we will go back to chasing with him, possibly in the Classic Chase at Warwick on Saturday, January 13,” said a delighted winning trainer.

Last year’s Classic Chase was won by the Lucinda Russell trained and Derek Fox ridden One For Arthur who, of course, went on to win the Grand National over Aintree’s famous fences in April.

“One or two wanted to take me on early but my horse was very good,” said Tissier, as I walked back with him to the weighing room.

I joked he might want to think about moving to Fakenham, clearly surroundings that were proving very successful for him.

“Bonne Annee,” he replied with a broad smile … and even my ‘rusty’ French enabled me to return Happy New Year greetings to a likeable and clearly talented visitor.



Maxime Tissier after Winning New Years Day chase at Fakenam
Photo by Roger Harris

Words by Terry Redhead 

Fakenham Races,National Jump Racing in Norfolk

December Race Meeting | ENTRY REPORT

A colt out of the mighty and unbeaten Frankel is set to make his hurdling debut at Fakenham’s fourth meeting of the National Hunt season scheduled for Monday (December 4).

In the final contest on the six-race card, trainer Dan Skelton has Solo Saxophone among the 19 declarations for the contest at the five-day stage.

The race, the Racing Partnership Juvenile Hurdle over two miles, will see Solo Saxophone try his luck over the timber in his first run for Skelton since joining his yard from Dermot Weld’s stable in Ireland. For Weld, the colt ran five times on the flat, twice finishing runner-up and twice third.

A total of 92 runners have been initially declared for the meeting at the north Norfolk track, which gets underway at 1pm with the Visit Palace House This Christmas Handicap Hurdle. Youngster James Bowen has been receiving rave reviews as this season’s leading conditional rider and he partners Zoe Davison’s The Game Is A Foot who bids for a hat-trick after wins at Lingfield and Plumpton in November.

The richest prize of the day is the near £6,000 on offer for the 1.30pm Injured Jockeys Fund For Christmas Presents Handicap Chase.

Trainer Neil King loves sending his runners to Fakenham and has declared Little Windmill, runner-up at the course on November 1. The horse third that day, D’Nailor, has also been provisionally declared by trainer Jennie Candish.

David Bass and Kim Bailey hope to run Dandy Dan in the 2pm West Street North Creake Novice Hurdle, the four-year-old gelding a winner at Ludlow a fortnight ago having also won at that Shropshire track back in May.

The 2.30pm Simon Bell Memorial Hurdle has attracted an initial field of 13 which includes Saucysioux. Olly Murphy’s mare won at Ludlow earlier this week having scored at Fakenham at the last meeting on November 21.

The second chase on the card is the 3pm EPDS Racing Welfare BTO Series Handicap. Among the early declarations is Rhythm of Sound trained by Micky Hammond. The seven-year-old gelding won at Sedgefield earlier this week, following up a victory at Leicester the previous week.


NEXT MEETING – Monday, 4th December 2017





The going at Fakenham is currently SOFT ( correct as of Friday 1st December)

{Words: Terry Redhead}

Credit: Palace House Newmarket/Marc Atkins



On 27th April Art Fund announced that the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art is one of the five museums which have been selected as finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017, the world’s largest and most prestigious prize for museums.

The museums are: The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, Newmarket, The Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham;; Sir John Soane’s Museum, London; Tate Modern, London; and The Hepworth Wakefield.

The announcement was made by Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund’s Director, at an event at the British Museum. It was followed by a discussion about the role of museums with Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, a member of the 2017 jury; Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016; and Sarah Munro, Director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

This year’s jury, chaired by Dr Stephen Deuchar CBE, comprises: Professor Richard Deacon CBE; Dr Hartwig Fischer; Munira Mirza; and Jo Whiley.

The winning museum, which will receive £100,000, will be announced at a ceremony at the British Museum on Wednesday 5 July 2017. In addition, for the first time this year, the other shortlisted museums will receive £10,000 each in recognition of their achievements.

Speaking on behalf of the jury, Stephen Deuchar said: ‘Each of these museums has had a remarkable year, reaching – in a range of ways – new heights in their efforts to serve and inspire their visitors.   Whether unveiling new buildings, galleries, displays or public programmes, all the finalists have shown a real commitment to innovation and experimentation, offering fresh perspectives and news ways of seeing and understanding their collections’.

Chris Garibaldi, Director National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art:

“We are thrilled and indeed honoured to have been selected as a finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017. It is wonderful to be one of just five museums and galleries across the U.K. to have been shortlisted and we are very proud to have been included in the selection. It is recognition of so much hard work on the part of our fantastic staff, volunteers, Trustees and the many supporters in the racing industry who have put their faith in the project over many years.

The redevelopment project which has resulted in the creation of a world class tourist attraction in the new National Heritage Centre that is celebratory of our sport’s past, also celebrates the present and safeguards its future. We hope the racing industry will join us in celebrating this magnificent achievement – to reach the shortlist is a very significant accolade in its own right but we would like everyone to visit the National Heritage Centre and contribute to the campaign from now until the end of June to say why they think we should win.

This project has never been just about restoring important heritage buildings and providing much improved galleries for our collections, it is about putting the community at the heart of everything we do and celebrating what makes our industry unique – it is an incredible ‘feather in the cap’ of racing for its national museum to be included in this shortlist – the first time in the fourteen year history of the prize for a sporting museum to be selected.”



This year Art Fund is asking visitors to the five finalists to share their best museum stories, reviews, photos, memories and moments using @artfund #museumoftheyear