Grand National ace Aspell wins feature Fakenham race on Gold Cup day

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Fakenham racegoers were spoilt for choice last Friday thanks to the addition of a big screen relaying every race from Cheltenham on Gold Cup day.

The action came thick and fast with Fakenham’s card including all the details from Prestbury Park and bookmakers accepting bets for both meetings.

On the local front, after drawing breath following the Gold Cup drama, the feature race of the afternoon was won by double Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell.

He made the most of his only ride on the Michael Bell-trained Instant Karma to take the Totepool Fakenham Silver Cup Hurdle over two miles.

In a competitive field of 14 the second favourite took up the running from long-time leader Fair Loch over the final half-mile and was never challenged to get home comfortably by eight lengths from Domtaline.

Tom Messenger also enjoyed a successful day with a 43/1 double in the final two races.

First up he guided top weight Wings Attract to a three-length victory in an action-packed Prince Carlton Cup Chase over three miles.

Only six runners were entered and with three crashing out, only Noble Legend under Adam Pogson offered any sort of threat up the home straight as the leader tired.

The double win was a surprise to most onlookers as it came on Miss Dimples whose career of 12 races had yet to register a victory.

Two more fallers reduced the field to four in the Marham Chase for the Walter Wales Memorial Cup over two miles and five furlongs but there was a terrific finish with Miss Dimples just holding on by a head from That’s The Deal.

The opening Toteplacepot Huge Cheltenham Pool Today Selling Hurdle over two miles went to Changing The Guard ridden by James Banks.

He showed plenty of guts when headed down the back straight by Goal under Broadie Hampson to claw his way back into the lead and stay on well to the line by five lengths.

There was no bid for the winner at auction.

Odds-on favourite Bon Chic ran away with the Easter Monday Racing at Fakenham Beginners Chase over three miles. Jockey Robert Dunne sent him straight into the lead and with a faultless round of jumping, there were no alarms as the pairing coasted home by 37 lengths.

It was a similar story in the Robert Case Memorial Conditional Jockeys’ Maiden Hurdle over two miles for Baltic Storm trained by Charlie Mann and ridden by Tommy Dowling. Always handily placed, the 5-year-old took up the running from long-time leader Deadly Approach to cruise home by 17 lengths.

The next meeting at Fakenham is on Easter Monday, March 28, first race due off at 2.15pm.