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Bryony Frost enjoys a Fakenham double along with trainer Lucy Wadham




Fakenham survived an early morning inspection to enable racing to go ahead behind closed doors on Thursday.

There was relief all round as 70 runners had been declared for the seven-race card and the track had lost its previous meeting to the weather.

After overnight rain there was no surprise that the going was heavy with one obstacle on the side of the course removed.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Jockey Bryony Frost chatting with David Hunter.. (44177459)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Jockey Bryony Frost chatting with David Hunter.. (44177459)

The combination of trainer Lucy Wadham and jockey Bryony Frost took the main plaudits with a double on the day which included winning the feature race of the afternoon.

There were eight runners for the King’s Lynn Chase over two miles and five furlongs with Golden Whisky from the Evan Williams yard sent off the warm favourite.

Under jockey Adam Wedge they led the way but were overtaken from two out by Frost who pushed her mount Admiral Barratry into the lead.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 6. (44177366)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 6. (44177366)

They held on well up the home straight to canter in by three lengths from Corrany, under Nico de Boinville.

The double arrived quickly in the next race, the Tote Mares Hurdle over two miles.

This was reduced to just four runners with Frost on the co-favourite Shantung always handily placed.

Rounding the home turn they kicked on from main rival Gazette Bourgeoise to coast home by six lengths.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 6. (44177368)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 6. (44177368)

Racing began with the Hunstanton Selling Chase over two miles and five furlongs.

In an open contest Invincible Cave, ridden by Tom Cannon for Chris Gordon, beat Joey Steel under Jack Tudor by a length in a fine finish. There was no bid for the winner.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 5 with winner No8 Leave my Alone (IRE). (44177418)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 5 with winner No8 Leave my Alone (IRE). (44177418)

A big field contested the RMA Sandhurst Louts Hurdle over two miles, the lead constantly changing hands.

Always up with the pace, evens favourite Sheldon under a strong drive from claimer Kevin Jones just got the better of Kildimo under Kielan Woods, less than a length between them on the line.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 4 with winner Shantung (IRE) and Bryony Frost. (44177421)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 4 with winner Shantung (IRE) and Bryony Frost. (44177421)

The Brancaster Mares Chase over a tough three miles was reduced to five runners with only two getting home.

A brave performance by Leave My Alone, under Richie McLernon, left the pairing way ahead of only other finisher Jonjoela, under Harry Bannister.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 3. (44177463)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 3. (44177463)

There was a competitive 11 runners for the Gateley Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs which went to top weight Bells of Peterboro, ridden by Alan Johns.

They got the better of more fancied rivals Some Can Sing and Frisco Bay, taking the top spot by just over a length.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 2. (44177467)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 2. (44177467)

Fergus Gillard, riding for his father Mark, convincingly won the final race of the afternoon, the Sky Sports Conditional Jockeys Hurdle over two miles and seven furlongs.

A patient ride close to the leading bunch paid off as his mount Avithos had plenty left when asked to produce a turn of foot and win by six lengths from First Assembly.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Pre Race Parade at Fakenham. (44177471)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Pre Race Parade at Fakenham. (44177471)

The next meeting at Fakenham is scheduled for Friday, February 19.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 1. (44177475)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Thursday January 28th 2021 (Held Under Covid 19, with Restrictions in Place)..Action from Race No 1. (44177475)


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