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The Snellings NorfolkNational

The Snellings Norfolk National | DECLARATIONS

It’s lucky for racing fans that 13 have stood their ground for the £32,000 Snellings Norfolk National, the feature of a six-race card at Fakenham today (Tuesday).

With almost £20,000 on offer to the winner of the three and a half miles plus contest, the race is competitive although likely favourite is hat-trick seeking Hedgeinator for trainer Christian Williams and teenage three-pound claimer, James Bowen.

The eight-year-old gelding won at Sedgefield and Ludlow earlier this year and has since been given a 116-day break since.

However, there are plenty with chances, including Carlisle winner Grove Silver, a grey gelding under Sean Quinlan for trainer Jenny Candish and Cap Horner, a Taunton winner representing Seamus Mullins.

In-form trainer Dan Skelton, who had a four-timer at Uttoxter on Saturday, has David England on Set List, fifth in hurdle action at Ayr last time while Tom O’Brien rides Paul Henderson’s Talk of the South, pulled up at Haydock after two previous decent efforts.

The main event is at 3.45pm but the meeting starts at 2.10pm with the Snellings Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Hurdle which features Ascendant, under Patrick Cowley for trainer Johnny Farrelly. The 12-year-old has been a model of consistency, winning five times this season, including twice at Fakenham.

Nine contest the 2.40pm Jarrold Fakenham Ladies Day  Chase with Hedgeinator’s trainer Williams running Caviar D’Allen, fifth last time.

Gary Moore has son Jamie on King Cool, a Plumpton runner-up while Millen Dollar Man under Richie McLernon for Alex Dunn, will be looking to go one better than recent seconds at Exeter and Plumpton.

The 3.10pm Snellings Maiden Hurdle features seven with Harry Teal claiming a useful seven pounds off the Neil King trained Chimes of Dylan, a Fontwell runner-up. Lucy Wadham has Jack Sherwood aboard Potters Hedger while another with a chance is Don Des Fosses under Harry Bannister for Warren Greatrex.

Half a dozen go in the 4.15pm Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, headed by Wadham and Sherwood with Potters Midnight, a Fakenham winner in March, although Amy Murphy will be hopeful of Mariah’s Legend, third at Cheltenham under Jack Quinlan.

The finale at 4.45pm has nine hunter chasers bidding for the Turner Trophy, headed by last year’s winner, Master Workman under Dale Peters for Thetford-based David Kemp. Gina Andrews on her father Simon’s Can Mestret and Charles Clover on One Fine Morning are key rivals.

Selections: 2.10pm Ascendant; 2.40pm Millen Dollar Man; 3.10pm Chimes of Dylan; 3.45pm Hedgeinator; 4.15pm Potters Midnight; 4.45pm One Fine Morning.

NON RUNNERS: 2.40pm How About it; 2.40pm Postbridge; 3.10pm Flynnvincincible.

Snellings appointed to be headline sponsors for Prestigious Norfolk National Race Day at Fakenham

Fakenham Racecourse is delighted to announce that Snellings, the Norwich-based electrical appliance and audiovisual installation specialists, are the new title sponsors and race sponsor of The Norfolk National Race Day on Tuesday 9th May. The Norfolk National race was first staged last year and immediately made a big impact in the racing calendar. It is a long-distance steeplechase race of over three and a half miles and this year will have a value of £25,000. This makes the Snellings Norfolk National the most valuable and longest race that Fakenham runs and it is great news that Snellings will become synonymous with such a prestigious Norfolk race.

The Chief Executive of Fakenham Racecourse, David Hunter said:

“I am delighted that The Snellings Group is sponsoring Fakenham Racecourse’s Norfolk National Raceday for a five-year deal starting on Tuesday 9th May 2017. This race day has become an important fixture in our racing calendar because we run Fakenham’s most valuable and longest distance race on that day – The Snellings Norfolk National – a steeplechase race which is just over three and a half miles long.  We ran the race for the first time last year and it attracted a very competitive field of 11 runners and was won by Rebecca’s Choice. This year, with the help of Snellings sponsorship, we have been able to increase the race prize money to £25,000. We are now in the process of putting the final touches of the meeting together and are working hard with the Snellings team to create a unique and quintessential Norfolk race day experience for everyone. We are all extremely grateful to Snellings for their generous sponsorship and are very much looking forward to the day and working with Snellings to further develop the relationship over the next five years.”

The Director of Snellings, Rowland Cogman added:

“Snellings are proud to be supportive of the local community and to sponsor the Norfolk National Race Day. We look forward to this partnering with Fakenham Racecourse and to increasing the Norfolk Brand within the wider community.”


Roy Snelling, the founder of the Snellings Group, was a Norfolk man born and bred who began his business career in 1954 and has been a leading pioneer in the audio-visual industry ever since. He was committed to ensuring that his businesses were market leaders in service delivery and technological innovation. He prided himself on creating businesses with a reputation for always putting the customer first and customer service has always been the cornerstone of his businesses. It is this ethos which governs the running of the group which is driven by excellence, social responsibility, ethics and a commitment to their customers and people. Snellings standards focus on innovation, quality and service.


The Snellings Norfolk National race day will take place on Tuesday, 9th May. You can find more information about the race day on Events Page.

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