15th Nov 2022

Weatherbys Raceday Report 15th November


They’ve done it again! After Allo Allo won for the recently-formed Fakenham Racing Club in October, the club’s other horse Conceroe took the honours on Tuesday, landing the Weatherbys Hamilton Novice Chase.

The winners’ enclosure was again packed with delighted owners who had cheered the Ben Case trained six-year-old gelding home in their green colours with gold sleeves and cap.

Prime Pretender, under Adam Wedge, and Conceroe dominated, and when the former led on the final bend the writing looked on the wall. But Conceroe fought back and scored at 15/8.

“He made hard work of it because the race wasn’t that competitive. I think he is much better than he showed today,” said winning jockey Jack Quinlan.

Earlier Wedge had partnered Sabbathical to repeat his 2021 victory in the Weatherbys Handicap Chase with a brilliant ride.

Trained by Evan Williams, Wedge was patient on the gelding while Moore Clouds tried to make every yard of the two-mile contest.

Sabbathical was fourth two out but Wedge steered him through on the inside and although Moore Clouds led at the final fence, Sabbathical overhauled the grey mare to score at 2/1.

“He battled really well. It doesn’t get easier when these horses get older and to return to a course like Fakenham and win the same race a year on is special,” said Wedge.

Wedge has a great record at Fakenham, a course which last week won two awards, ‘Warmest Welcome’ and ‘Staff Customer Services’ at the Racecourse Association Showcase Awards.

Evens favourite Mullenbeg held off last year’s winner Sorbet to take the £13,500 Mares’ Hurdle under Mitch Bastyan for trainer Milton Harris. Cup of Coffee crashed out and left Mullenbeg in front to go on and follow up his recent Plumpton victory.

There was a great finish to the Novices’ Hurdle which saw Fergus Gregory get 7/4 favourite Secret Trix home for Olly Murphy, breaking the heart of long-time leader Doireann in the final strides. Norwich City manager Dean Smith was delighted to collect the winner’s trophy.

An eventful opening Conditional Jockeys’ Chase went to Vetoncall, rewarding Somerset trainer Alan Jones with a 10th success in  five years. Le Tuer looked the likely winner before Jamie Brace produced 6/1 chance Vetoncall to cruise home.

Debutant Marshella made a winning start in the Fillies’ Hurdle under Harrison Beswick for trainer Oliver Signy, returned at 11/4 while the closing bumper went to leading flat trainer Roger Varian’s 9/4 chance Shinji, the son of 2014 St Leger winner Kingston Hill, who won most impressively.

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