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Jarrold Ladies Day | Post Racing Report

Trainer Neil King’s Princeton Royale was given a tremendous ride by Jack Andrews to land the Jarrold Ladies Day Chase on a perfect day to close the 2017/18 season at Fakenham yesterday.

Andrews, more than six feet tall, sent Princeton Royale, twice a runner-up at the course this season, off in front and he never saw another rival as he galloped home over the three miles and 18 fences, returned the 5/2 joint-favourite and winner by five lengths.

“He deserved that. I would be great to have a yard full of horses like him. Now he has won his last two and that makes up for three seconds earlier in the season,” said a delighted King.

“He loves to be out in front on his own. He jumped so well and kept going that he put all the others under pressure,” said 20-year-old Jack, younger brother of Gina and Bridget Andrews.

It was near-perfect performance from the winner on what David Hunter, Fakenham’s Chief Executive and clerk of the course described as a ‘perfect day’. A huge crowd, the biggest at the course for many years, were able to enjoy the racing in glorious sunshine.

Any horse running on ladies day called Fifty Shades had to be a grey and that gelding duly obliged in a thrilling opening Pedlars Hall Café Double Bubble Breakfast Handicap Hurdle.

Produced by James Bowen having been held up towards the back of the field, Fifty Shades battled to hold off West To Crossgales to take the honours.

Trained by Christian Williams, who had made the 500-mile round trip from South Wales, Fifty Shades, the 10/11 favourite, went one better than when beaten by a narrow margin at Huntingdon on Bank Holiday Monday.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson had just one ride and made it a winning one on the Olly Murphy trained Yensir. Third on hurdling debut, 7/2 chance Yensir improved to take the Britbet Coming Soon Maiden Hurdle by a length from Sam Twiston-Davies on favourite Artful Artist.

It was Johnson’s 10th winner of the season at Fakenham, earning him the David Turner Trophy as the course’s leading rider of the campaign. And Murphy collected a couple of bottles of champagne following what was his 16th Fakenham winner of the season, his first as a trainer.

There was drama in the Wordingham Plant Hire Novice Chase when favourite Le Precieux fell in front of the packed stands. That left Master of Finance to fight it out with Gin and Tonic and the Lucy Wadham trained gelding took the spoils at 2/1 under Maxime Tissier.

Jockey Paige Fuller stole the Aylsham Show August Bank Holiday Hurdle for lady amateur riders on Havisham for trainer Jamie Snowden. No-one wanted to take it up at the off so Fuller stormed 25 lengths clear early on and held on comfortably to score at 6/1 in a race where none of the winners’ six rivals ever looked like getting involved.

The meeting came to a perfect finale when Midnight Bliss won the 1st The Queens Dragoons Guards Novice Chase.

The mare, ridden by the season’s top female jump jockey Bryony Frost and trained locally at Wymondham by her owner Caroline Fryer, led from start to finish to score in style at 5/2. Having won three point-to-points, Midnight Bliss provided Frost with her first Fakenham success in a dramatic race which saw just three runners complete the three-miles plus contest.

Words by Terry Redhead 

DATE OF NEXT RACE MEETING: At The Races Raceday, Friday 19th October


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Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse

Jarrold Ladies Day | DECLARATIONS

The ladies have their day in the limelight at Fakenham on Sunday afternoon when the Jarrold sponsored Ladies Day completes the 2017/18 National Hunt season at the north Norfolk course.

The feature race is the £10,000 plus to the winner Jarrold Ladies Day Chase at 2.50pm in which five battle it out over three miles and 18 fences.

Princeton Royale, trained by Neil King, is the favourite under seven-pound claimer Jack Andrews. A Fakenham regular and twice a runner-up at the course, Princeton Royale runs after a victory at Stratford.

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill has also eyed up the attractive prize and sends Easy Street, an eight-year-old gelding to do battle under Aidan Coleman. The horse was off the course for almost a year before returning a month ago to score at Warwick.

Of the five runners, also in with a chance is Hedgeinator under James Bowen for Christian Williams. The gelding was on a hat-trick when he ran in the Norfolk National at Fakenham’s last meeting, finishing fourth. A drop back in trip should help.

Stratford-based trainer Olly Murphy has been a star at the course this season and has real hopes of further winners, beginning in the opening hurdle at 2.20pm in which he has Emmas Dilemma who was recently third at Market Rasen.

Fifth Shades for Bowen and Williams, a runner-up at Huntingdon on Bank Holiday Monday, and Charlie Pogson’s West To Crossgales, a Southwell runner-up a week ago, are main rivals in the seven-runner event.

Murphy has the help of champion jockey Richard Johnson in the 3.25 maiden hurdle on Yensir, third on debut at Ludlow and expected to improve. Chief threats are Artful Artist, having a first start for five months for Richard Newland and Sam Twiston-Davies, hurdling debutant Guiding Star for Harry Whittington and Pam Sly’s Haafapiece.

Only four go in the 3.55pm novice chase in which Newmarket trainer Michael Wigham’s three-times Fakenham winner Gin and Tonic could score again. Second at Huntingdon on Monday over hurdles, the gelding reverts to the bigger obstacles. Ballycamp, third on both his last two starts is the main rival.

Eight lady amateurs battle out the 4.25pm hurdle with trainer Neil King double-handed with Canford Thompson and previous Fakenham winner Dizzey Heights. But the race may go to Olly Murphy’s Bisoubisou, a course winner in November.

The finale at 4.55pm sees six contest the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards Novice Chase, headed by Millen Dollar Man, a winner at the last meeting under Richie McLernon for Alex Dunn. But it may be worth watching Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer’s Midnight Bliss, unbeaten in her last three starts in point-to-points.

Selections: 2.20pm Emmas Dilemma; 2.50pm Easy Street; 3.25pm Yensir; 3.55pm Gin and Tonic; 4.25pm Bisoubisou; 4.55pm Midnight Bliss.

Words by Terry Redhead



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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.



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What to wear to Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse

What to wear at Jarrold Ladies Day

It’s Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse on Sunday 3 June and with many other summer occasions coming up it’s about time you updated your best dress attire, says Jarrold Personal Stylist Florrie Dunn.

A day at the Races is just one of many summer events where you can get dressed up, and with the Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse just around the corner, there is even more reason to put on your glad rags.

Deciding on what to wear can be problematic, luckily independent department store Jarrold is on hand to help. Here are four outfit ideas that will make you look and feel pulled together and stylish.



Tropical Florals 


Gerry Weber Jungle Print Frill Sleeve Dress, £140.
Phase Eight Sammy Fascinator Emerald 49
Van Dal Women’s Jordan Paradise Paradise Print Black Wedges £80
Esprit Short Fine Knit One Button Bolero 39



Ted Baker Melli Dress £199
Ted Baker Jacsum Cardigan £110
Phase Eight Addison Fascinator Cameo £65
Carvela Gigi Ladies Occasion Court £99




Phase Eight Kailynne Spot Dress Navy £89
Phase Eight Chelsey Flower Pillbox Fascinator £65
Esprit Light Bouclé Flounce Sleeve Jacket £69
Van Dal Women’s Hay II Midnight Suede Mule £75


All In One Dressing 


Ted Baker Ligita Jumpsuit £199
Phase Eight Eden Large Disc Bow Fascinator £99
Mint Velvet Ivory Ruched Back Blazer £109
Anne Klein Women’s Petria Platform Court Shoe £89


Florrie Dunn is on hand to find the perfect outfit for you – for any occasion. Book your free appointment now by calling 01603 660661 or check out Jarrold website for more details.

What to wear for Jarrold Ladies Day on 4th June?

It can be a tough decision when it comes to the outfit for the Ladies Day. Here, at the racecourse, we are quite relaxed on the dress code on other race meetings, however, we feel that Ladies Day is one meeting where everyone attending should make an effort and dress to the nines.  If you got your badges for the annual Ladies Day at Fakenham Races this year, but not sure what to wear – we got some help!


Florrie Dunn, Personal Stylist at Jarrold  says …


“For Ladies Day at the Races, I would choose this stunning g ‘Mint’ Ted Baker dress (2). It’s simple but elegant and allows you to be bold with accessories, although with this lace detail neckline on the dress you don’t need to worry about finding a suitable necklace.

For a chilly day to go with the dress I’d suggest the Ted Baker long line jacket (3). It adds detail and the colours in the floral print allow you to play around with different coloured accessories. I choose cobalt blue – a pop of strong colour which is great for early summer. It’s a real statement look which enhances the floral print but keeps it subtle and feminine. The fascinator style hat from Hat Studio by Failsworth (1), teamed with a silver clutch from Olga Berg (5) that ties in with the diamantes in the fascinator and stunning cobalt blue court shoes from L.K.Bennett (6).”


Jarrold Ladies Day Fakenham Racecourse


All available at Jarrold, London Street, Norwich.

To book a stylist appointment with Florrie call 01603 697290