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Totepool Silver Cup Day | ENTRY REPORT

All eyes will be on the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday and there is the chance to watch National Hunt racing’s blue riband event on a giant screen while still taking in live action at Fakenham’s meeting the same afternoon.

The six-race card at the north Norfolk course starts at 2pm with its races spaced strategically between contests at the Cheltenham Festival, all broadcast live for punters to enjoy.

Fakenham’s feature is the 4pm Fakenham Silver Cup and Lucy Wadham, the Newmarket-based trainer who frequently visits the winner’s enclosure, has two runners among the 20 entries in Iconic Sky and Potters Midnight. The former won at Market Rasen last month while Potters Midnight was third at Uttoxeter after having scored over course and distance in January.

Michael Appleby’s Beyeh, with Jack Sherwood booked to ride, won at Fakenham’s last meeting a month ago while Dennis Quinn has entered another last time out winner, Shining Romeo, a Huntingdon victor.

Two horses chasing hat-tricks of wins are among entries for the 4.40pm Prince Carlton Chase. Brian Ellison’s Bordeaux Bill won three-runner contests at Southwell a fortnight ago and at Wetherby at Christmas while Christian Williams has Hedgeinator, who won twice in January at Sedgefield and Ludlow.

Unusually, the finale is a chase. At 5.15pm the Walter Wales Memorial Chase could feature two from the stable of Olly Murphy, who has dominated the season at the north Norfolk course. Entered for Murphy are Wood Pigeon and Bisoubisou, both of whom have already won at Fakenham this campaign.

Such is Murphy’s liking for the track, he has nine of the 22 entries for the 3.20pm Robert Case Memorial Maiden Hurdle although some also have entries in the opening selling hurdle at 2pm. Murphy is most likely to run Saucysioux, a Fakenham winner in December in that opener. However, if taking his chance, the Johnny Farrelly trained Ascendant, winner of five of his last six outings, could take all the beating.

Twenty Eight Guns, winner of the Tim Barclay Chase at the last meeting, is set to return in the 2.40pm chase and trainer Michael Scudamore has jockey Robert Dunne booked. Brian Hughes is another jockey already booked, with Donald McCain lining him up to take on Twenty Eight Guns with hat-trick seeking Nefyn Bay.

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Lycetts Raceday 16th February 2018

Post Racing Report | Lycetts Raceday

What an exciting sunny day for the Lycetts Raceday!

Rather Be, for champion trainer Nicky Henderson, is set for the Cheltenham Festival after a facile but impressive victory in the Lycetts Chase at Fakenham.

Sent off 2/7 favourite in a five-runner contest, Rather Be, under Jeremiah McGrath led from the start to win by 17 lengths.

“I didn’t want to go too steady. I wanted to teach him to jump at speed. He is talented. His next races will probably be at Cheltenham and Aintree so he will have to jump well. He’s still a big baby and lightly-raced, but the stable thinks a lot of him,” said McGrath.

The feature race was a triumph for brothers Tom and Michael Scudamore with 4/1 chance Twenty Eight Guns. Very promising last campaign, the mare seemed to have lost her way but she returned to form to beat Princeton Royale in an exciting Tim Barclay Memorial Handicap Chase.

“It’s always nice to have a winner but when your brother is the trainer it’s even better,” said Tom, adding that Michael had driven him to the course from their Herefordshire base.

The opener went to Beyeh under Jack Sherwood for Mick Appleby. She came in for good support from 10/1 to 9/2 and was game in holding off Hollywood All Star and favourite Hurricane Rita.

“She went over further last time but this two-mile trip was more suitable. She was gutsy, stuck her neck out and deserved her win,” said Sherwood.

Trainer Olly Murphy made it lucky 13 at the course this season when 10/11 chance Whiskey in the Jar cruised home in the novices’ hurdle. The winner, ridden by Norfolk-based claimer Fergus Gregory, eased down in front to score by nine lengths.

Murphy completed a double when Calipso Collonges won the Lycetts novice hurdle under Johnson, the gelding following up his victory on Saturday at Uttoxeter by beating two rivals by 23 lengths, returned the 1/14 favourite.

Emma Yardley claimed her first winner under rules when 11/4 shot Foxcub won the William Bulwer Long Hunters’ Chase for trainer Ryan Potter. The complexion of the race changed when Pride of Parish fell and brought down favourite Premier Portrait to decimate the five-runner field.

Johnson completes a double in the finale with his 146th win of the season when he got 5/6 favourite Melekov home for trainer Philip Hobbs, beating Arch My Boy by a head.







Lycetts Raceday | DECLARATIONS

We are very excited for tomorrow’s Lycetts Raceday – especially after the abandoned meeting last week. Read more about the Declarations for tomorrows meet by Terry Redhead.



Trainer Seamus Mullins sends seven-year-old gelding Jarlath to Fakenham as he bids to land the feature on Friday’s  seven-race card, the 3.20pm Tim Barclay Memorial Handicap Chase.

Jarlath finished runner-up in both of his last two starts but aims to land the big prize in the two mile five furlong chase which will prove a test in the heavy conditions.

Kevin Jones claims a useful five pounds off the back of Jarlath, second at Fontwell twice, on one occasion behind another of today’s rivals, Cody Wyoming, under Harry Bannister for Charlie Mann.

That 12-year-old won at the north Norfolk course in December while another regular Fakenham visitor, Princeton Royale, is in with a shout for Jack Andrews and trainer Neil King.


Two of the day’s top races are sponsored by Lycetts Insurance Established in North Norfolk since the early 1990s, the Lycetts Norfolk office provides farm and estate and private client insurance services, as well as animal trades insurance services.

The Lycetts Farm and Estate Insurance Brokers Novice Chase at 2.10pm sees five tackle the two-mile course headed by Nicky Henderson’s Rather Be, whose last outing resulting in him unseating jockey Jeremiah McGrath.

Positively Dylan for Welsh trainer Evan Williams, and Colin Tizzard’s Ivor’s Queen look the main threats.

There are only four in the 3.50pm Lycetts Bloodstock Insurance Brokers Novice Handicap Hurdle and Calipso Collonges will be odds on for champion jockey Richard Johnson and trainer Olly Murphy. Murphy had a four-timer at the last Fakenham meeting and Calipso Collonges won on stable debut on Saturday at Uttoxeter, so has to defy a seven-pound penalty.

It could be another great day for Murphy. He and Johnson have Hurricane Rita in the 1.40pm opener, the grey mare having won at Fakenham in January although Akula and Yasir could prove dangers.

At 2.45pm Norfolk-based jockey Fergus Gregory rides Murphy’s Whiskey in the Jar, favourite for the novice hurdle having won last time at Uttoxeter.

At 4.25pm it’s the annual William Bulwer Long Memorial Hunter Chase, favourite for which will be Foxcub under Emma Yardley while the card closes with the 4.55pm NH flat race in which five make debuts. Market leader will be Johnson’s mount Melekhov, trained by Philip Hobbs and trying to better his second-placed debut mid January at Ludlow.



Terry’s Selections: Selections: 1.40pm Hurricane Rita; 2.10pm Rather Be; 2.45pm Dashing Perk; 3.20pm Princeton Royale; 3.50pm Calipso Collonges; 4.25pm Pride of Parish; 4.55pm Melekhov. 


February Meeting | DECLARATIONS

Fakenham racecourse will have to survive a 7am inspection to go ahead with a planned six-race card tomorrow.

“With the overnight forecast of snow, which could produce up to 6 or 7 cms, but it is more likely to be 2 to 3 cms, I must call an early inspection. I would give the chances of racing at 50%,” said David Hunter, Fakenham’s Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course

Should the meeting survive, it may prove another spectacular day for Stratford-based trainer Olly Murphy. At the last meeting, he had four winners and he could go one better.

However, Murphy has no runner in the day’s feature, the 3.05pm Handicap Hurdle. Favourite is Red Indian, following his third in the Lanzarote Hurdle. The six-year-old gelding, trained by Ben Pauling, has the assistance of David Bass.

Bridget Andrews claims three pounds off Dan Skelton’s Applesandpierres, a Uttoxeter runner-up while James Bowen partners Nick Gifford’s Theo’s Charm, a Fontwell runner-up.

Murphy will be responsible for the favourite for the other five contests, including the opener, the 2pm maiden hurdle in which he runs Swaffham Bulbeck under champion jockey Richard Johnson. The four-year-old was runner-up on stable debut at Warwick. Sean Bowen rides Lord Napier, trained by his father Peter, and looks the main danger.

Norfolk-based Fergus Gregory partners Murphy’s More Than Luck in the Lycetts Chase at 2.30pm, the seven-year-old fourth on chase debut at the last meeting, having won at Fakenham over hurdles on New Year’s Day. Main rival is Talk of the South for Tom O’Brien and trainer Paul Henderson.

Bisoubisou is another Murphy winner from the last meeting and he tries to defy a 10lbs rise in the 3.35pm Toftrees Mares’ Hurdle. Goodgirlteresa tries to beat an 85-day absence for James Best and trainer Neil Mulholland.

Johnson and Murphy have Wood Pigeon, another Fakenham winner from the last meeting, in the 4.05pm Shereford Chase but the nine-year-old has to see off a three-pound rise.

Only four go in the 4.35pm finale, the Raynham Novices Hurdle but three have experience of winning at the north Norfolk course. Johnson and Murphy have Rio Quinto, a winner in December and runner-up last time while Stuart Edmunds runs Kalochi under Ciaran Gethings, the mare a Fakenham winner in November. Also with a shout is The Linksman, a Fakenham winner on New Year’s Day.



Terry Redhead’s Selection: 2pm Swaffham Bulbeck; 2.30pm Talk of the South; 3.05pm Red Indian; 3.35pm Goodgirlteresa; 4.05pm Wood Pigeon; 4.35pm Kalochi.



February Meeting | ENTRY REPORT

Fakenham’s feature race at its meeting on Wednesday (February 7) looks set to be a cracking three-mile hurdle contest at 3.05pm.

There are 14 entries at the five-day stage for the Download the ATR App Handicap Hurdle including Harry Whittington’s eight-year-old gelding Octagon. After winning at Southwell in November, Octagon went on to complete a hat-trick with further victories at Leicester, and then at Sedgefield on Boxing Day.

There may be a royal runner in opposition in the shape of six-year-old gelding Take To Heart. Owned by the Queen and trained by Nicky Henderson, the gelding won twice in June before finishing down the field in November at Ascot.

Prolific Fakenham scorer Olly Murphy trained four winners at the last Fakenham meeting, taking his tally for the season to 12 at the course, and most have entries again.

Bisoubisou and Flow With Eve, first and second last time, and Hurricane Rita, also a Fakenham winner at the last meeting, are all entered in the 3.35pm Toftrees Mares Handicap Hurdle.

Murphy has six entries in the opener, the Sculthorpe Maiden Hurdle at 2 pm including Swaffham Bulbeck, a four-year-old gelding second at Warwick a fortnight ago on stable debut.

Provided he makes the long trip from northern trainer Donald McCain’s yard, Nefyn Bay looks interesting if taking his chance in the 2.30pm Lycetts Handicap Chase over three miles, the horse markedly up in trip after winning at Musselburgh in Scotland last month.

The second chase is the 4.05pm Shereford Handicap Chase in which Murphy has entered Wood Pigeon, a scorer under champion jockey Richard Johnson at the last Fakenham meeting. Johnson is the leading rider at Fakenham this season, with seven victories in the bag, making him the clear leader in the race for the course’s David Turner Trophy.

Southern trainer, Gary Moore has entered Stoical Patient, the nine-year-old mare a Plumpton faller when bidding for a hat-trick after victories at that course, and neighbouring Fontwell, earlier in the season.

The finale is the 4.35pm Raynham Novice Hurdle in which Stuart Edmunds may run six-year-old Kalochi, very impressive when scoring for the first time in her career at the north Norfolk course back in November. Since then the mare has won again, at Leicester, after previously finishing third at Huntingdon on Boxing Day.

Words by Terry Redhead 

January Meeting | DECLARATIONS

It’s almost 12 years since trainer Pam Sly, based at Thorney near Peterborough, enjoyed the greatest day of her racing career when Speciosa won the 1,000 Guineas.

Since that day in 2006, the trainer has been better known for success in National Hunt racing and she will be looking to score again this afternoon at Fakenham (Monday) when she runs the favourite, Popelys Gull, in the feature, the 2.25pm three-mile Wendling Handicap Chase.

Under Kielan Woods, the six-year-old gelding was runner-up at the north Norfolk course just before Christmas and now goes up in trip.

Holly Bush Henry under James Bowen for Aylesbury-based Phil Middleton, offers a real threat in the six-runner contest, the gelding a class two hurdle winner at Sandown in December while trainer Olly Murphy has David England on board More Than Luck, up eight pounds after his win at the course on New Year’s Day.

All eyes will be on hurdling debutant Dolphin Vista in the 2.55pm maiden hurdle. Trained in Newmarket by Martyn Meade, Dolphin Vista pulled off a 50/1 shock victory in the Cambridgeshire in September, a race worth £100,000 to the winner and much is anticipated on his debut over timber.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson partners Murphy’s Captiva Island, twice a recent runner-up while Lucy Wadham can never be ignored at Fakenham and legs up Leighton Aspell on Potters Midnight, third at the track on December 19.

The Taverham Handicap Hurdle opens the card at 1.25pm when 10 go, including Gin and Tonic, a previous Fakenham winner for trainer Michael Wigham. Johnson and Murphy have Hurricane Rita, the grey mare down in trip while Tom Dowling is on Yourholidayisover, who finished ahead of Gin and Tonic in December.

Six go in the novice hurdle at 1.55pm with Johnson and Murphy looking to Rio Quinto, a course winner in December. Oscar Star, a recent Southwell winner for trainer Jamie Snowden and jockey Gavin Sheehan, looks a danger.

The second chase, at 3.25pm., sees Johnson and Murphy hopeful of a big run from Wood Pigeon while Adam Pogson rides 11-year-old Mondo Cane for his father, trainer Charlie, the gelding a recent Southwell third.

The 3.55pm finale is the Longham Conditional Jockeys Hurdle, favourite for which is Neil King’s Little Windmill, a New Year’s Day winner at Fakenham.

Selections: 1.25, Yourholidayisover; 1.55, Oscar Star; 2.25, Popelys Gull; 2.55pm, Dolphin Vista; 3.25pm, Wish In A Well; 3.55pm, Bisoubisou.

Words by Terry Redhead 

Racegoers with Dogs at Fakenham Racecourse. Norfolk

January Meeting | ENTRY REPORT

Rookie trainer Olly Murphy has entered a host of runners for Fakenham’s six-race card on Monday (January 22) in a bid to add to his already impressive eight winners from 26 runners in north Norfolk this National Hunt season.

Murphy, who began training at the start of 2017 from his base at Warren Chase in Stratford in Warwickshire, has been an immediate success, with 35 winners from 173 runners to date. Before going solo, Murphy spent four years in Ireland as assistant at the very successful stables of Gordon Elliott.

In the opening 1.25pm Taverham Handicap Hurdle, Murphy has five entries at the five-day stage, including grey mare Hurricane Rita, who pulled up at Ffos Las in December after previously running second at Towcester.

Two previous Fakenham winners are entered by Murphy in the 1.55pm three-mile novice hurdle with champion jockey Richard Johnson booked to partner Rio Quinto, a scorer at the pre Christmas meeting. Murphy has also entered More Than Luck, the seven-year-old gelding a winner at Fakenham on New Year’s Day.

The feature race is the three-mile Wendling Handicap Chase at 2.25pm which sees Popelys Gull and Princeton Royale likely to clash again. They were second and third respectively at Fakenham’s December meeting, both stepping up from 21 furlongs on that occasion.

Kielan Woods is booked to ride Peterborough trainer Pam Sly’s Popelys Gull while Princeton Royale, from Neil King’s yard, looks to be a pound better off at the weights since that December contest.

Murphy has nine entered in the 2.55pm maiden hurdle over two miles with Johnson booked to ride Weebill, a twice raced six-year-old gelding fourth on debut in a Southwell bumper before finishing third on hurdling debut at Market Rasen on Boxing Day.

The second chase is the 3.25pm two mile five furlong contest in which Johnson and Murphy look set to be represented by Wood Pigeon. An interesting entry is the Micky Hammond trained Knocknamona. Adrian Cawley is booked to ride the gelding which has notched up a hat-trick of wins at Uttoxeter, Leicester and most recently at Bangor.

Conditional jockeys get their chance to shine in the 3.55pm finale, the Longham Hurdle in which King looks set to send out Little Windmill under Harry Teal, the horse having scored over course and distance on New Year’s Day.


{Words by Terry Redhead}

Horse Steaming in the parade ring after races at Fakenham Racecourse.

New Year’s Day Races | DECLARATIONS

A highly competitive six-runner North Norfolk Handicap Hurdle is the feature of the New Year’s Day six-race action at Fakenham this afternoon.

Two recent Fakenham scorers tackle last year’s winner of the contest in the 20-furlong 1.55pm event in the heavy ground following recent rain.

Last year’s winner, Artifice Sivola from Lucy Wadham’s Newmarket stable, has a first run over hurdles since scoring a year ago. After that win the grey gelding went chasing, finishing runner-up three times in five outings. French jockey Maxime Tissier, who had his first success in England at Fakenham’s last meeting, is in the saddle.

Likely favourite is trainer Neil King’s Mamoo, under Trevor Whelan. The five-year-old was seventh at the course’s pre-Christmas meeting having scored over course and distance on December 4.

Fixed Rate, trained by Charlie Mann, is also worth considering having won over course and distance in October. The five-year-old gelding was sixth last time out, at Doncaster three weeks ago.

The action starts at 12.45pm when six go in the Daisy Mason Selling Hurdle, odds-on favourite for which is Ascendant under Patrick Cowley for trainer Johnny Farrelly. Third at Ludlow just before Christmas, the 12-year-old had won his three previous outings at Huntingdon, Kempton and Worcester.

Amateur riders get a chance to shine at 1.20pm in the first of two chases on the card. Neil King’s Little Windmill under Jack Andrews will be favourite while Oakidoaki, second at the course at the last meeting, and Touch Screen, a previous Lingfield winner, look the main threats.

Another former Fakenham winner, Minella Gathering, looks to strike again in the 2.30pm Happy New Year Handicap Hurdle for trainer Paul Henderson. Jack Sherwood rides the nine-year-old with opposition from five rivals including More Than Luck, a previous Taunton winner.

Only two go in the second chase, the 3.05pm Independent Racecourses Novice Chase. Huntingdon’s Boxing Day winner Norse Light under Whelan for trainer David Dennis has to defy a seven-pound penalty for that success when he meets Olly Murphy’s Mullaghboy under Charlie Poste. That gelding fell on chase debut at Fakenham’s last meeting having earlier won a hurdle contest in Norfolk.

The seven-runner maiden hurdle is the 3.40pm finale with Murphy fielding Fresh New Dawn, recently third at Ffos Las. Blue Sire and Rajapur are interesting, both making returns to hurdling after long absences.


Terry Redhead’s Selections: 12.45pm, Ascendant; 1.20pm, Touch Screen; 1.55pm, Artifice Sivola; 2.30pm, Minella Gathering; 3.05pm, Norse Light; 3.40pm, Rajapur.

Fakenham Races

Excellent Days Racing at The Greene King Raceday

What a day at the first Greene King Raceday at Fakenham.

Trainer Neil King and stable jockey Trevor Whelan stole the honours with a dramatic double at Fakenham’s second meeting of the jump racing season.

Dizzey Heights, a five-year-old mare, produced a terrific late burst to win the handicap hurdle at 20/1.

Bottom weight Hallingham, at 12/1, looked like pulling off a shock of his own before Whelan got a real rattle out of Dizzey Heights, who leapt ahead at the final flight and ran on to win.

“She got on a late roll. I didn’t want to pull her wide so had to wait, and in the end, she has done it well,” said Whelan.

King and Whelan then won the fillies’ juvenile hurdle with Cubswin, formerly trained by Roger Charlton, who reeled in Really Super and held on to score at 6/1 to complete a 146/1 double.

“Her flat form was bombproof. She won a four-runner race at Bath and the other three have all won since,” said King.

Brian Hughes had a winning ride when Deauville Dancer tasted victory for the fourth time this season, landing the feature Greene King IPA Chase.

Returned at 10/1, the David Dennis trained gelding jumped superbly to score from Baby Jake.

“He stays and jumps well. I gave him a flick at the last just to keep his mind on it and he has won well,” said Hughes.

The Skeltons, trainer Dan and his brother, jockey Harry, got the day off to a good start when Free Range, racing under National Hunt rules for the first time, scooted away with the maiden hurdle, at 5/1.

The Skeltons had two winners at the first meeting of the season and Free Range, a pointing winner in Ireland, always looked like scoring from Atlantic Grey and favourite, Royal Ruby.

Easiest winner of the day was Enjoy Responsibly under Harrison Beswick on his first run for Oliver Sherwood. The 15-length winner of the Tapping House Hospice Chase was returned at 6/1.

Sam Twiston-Davies deputised for Noel Fehily on the Neil Mulholland trained The Way You Dance who duly landed the three-mile hurdle at 7/1. Fast-finishing Moidore was second but never troubled the winner.

The finale was a National Hunt flat race and went to the Stuart Edmunds trained Kalochi, a very genuine 9/1 winner under Ciaran Gethings, who battled back to win after being headed in the final straight by debutant Fairway Freddie.







Fakenham Races 2017

69 Runners Declared for The Greene King Raceday

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, who grabbed a terrific hat-trick at Cheltenham on Saturday, has an early chance of a double when Fakenham stages its second meeting of the new season this afternoon (Wednesday, November 1).

The seven-race card, beginning at 1.10pm., has attracted a bumper entry of 69 runners.

In the opening maiden hurdle, Twiston-Davies has son Sam in the saddle on Atlantic Grey, a grey gelding, third at Wetherby two weeks ago and dropping in trip.

The main rival looks to be the Nicky Henderson trained Royal Ruby under Jeremiah McGrath. A gelding out of Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats, he was a winner in a Southwell bumper and makes his hurdling debut.

A former gelding on the flat with Sir Michael Stoute, Sir George Somers goes for the Twiston-Davies yard in the 1.40pm handicap hurdle, having been third at Ffos Las in May.

Chief rival in a 14-runner field is Alexander The Grey under Kielan Woods for trainer Graeme McPherson, the gelding a Worcester runner-up in September.

Smallest field sees six go in the juvenile hurdle at 2.10pm. All six make hurdling debuts and it could be between Really Super for Amy Murphy, her filly formerly with Ralph Beckett on the flat, and Tom Symonds’ Mirzam, an ex Mick Channon trained filly.


The feature race is the 2.40pm Greene King IPA Chase over two miles for which nine go. Caroline Bailey eyes the near £8,000 prize with McCabe Creek, a Huntingdon winner on October 5 now eight pounds higher in the weights.


Last time out winners Mercian King, successful at Worcester, and Deauville Dancer for Brian Hughes and trainer David Dennis, a recent Huntingdon winner, look key threats in a competitive contest.

Trainer Lawney Hill has the favourite for the 3.10pm handicap hurdle in the shape of Miss Mayfair. The 10-year-old mare, under Aidan Coleman, was a Sedgefield runner-up in September.

Former Fakenham winner That’s The Deal, now 13, runs for John Cornwall in the 3.40pm Tapping House Hospice Chase, the main rivals being Oliver Sherwood’s Enjoy Responsibly and Dennis and Hughes again with Wade Harper although at a bigger price, another former Fakenham winner, D’Nailor, looks interesting.

The finale at 4.10pm features a dozen tackling a two-mile bumper, headed by Myplaceatmidnight, a Market Rasen winner in April, representing Nick King and claimer Harry Teal.



Terry Redhead’s Selections: 1.10pm Atlantic Gray, 1.40pm Alexander The Grey, 2.10pm Mirzam, 2.40pm Artifice Sivola, 3.10pm Miss Mayfair, 3.40pm D’Nailor, 4.10pm Kaloci.



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