Cannon and King at the double during Fakenham meeting
Good prize money attracted competitive fields to Fakenham for its third race meeting of the season, held behind closed doors yesterday.
The seven-race card, sponsored by Weatherbys, was headlined by the Class 3 Raynham Novices Chase, over two miles and five furlongs, despite the field being reduced to just three runners.
The result was in doubt to the last with market leaders Happygolucky under David Bass and Getaway Trump ridden by Harry Cobden fighting it out together over the 16 fences.
Bass, on the odds-on favourite, held a slight lead throughout but was stalked all the way by Cobden who pounced on the short run-in from the final obstacle to get in front by half a length in a thrilling finish.
The opening Britbet Novices Hurdle, over two miles, went to warm favourite Mount Windsor ridden by claiming jockey Nathan Brennan.
But they had to see off a surprising rival in the shape of 40/1 outsider Gorham’s Cave under Josh Moore who was riding for his father Gary.
The winner stamped his authority from three out and was seven lengths to the good at the finish.
The field of six in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Chase over three miles was soon reduced to four with two fallers at the second fence.
With the places constantly changing, favourite Gleno under Moore looked an unlikely winner up the final home straight. But with leader Rumble B falling and Top Up The Fashion running out of steam, the pairing took over to scoot home by a convincing 12 lengths.
The Weatherbys E-Passport Mares Hurdle over two miles went to Midnight Ginger ridden by Tom Cannon for Alan King. They emerged from rivals Go Chique and Champagne Terri at the last to dash ahead by four lengths.
The Sculthorpe Mares Hurdle, also over two miles, made it an afternoon to remember for the Cannon and King partnership which landed the prize on second favourite Midnights Gift by two lengths from A Little Chaos, under Tom O’Brien.
The two-mile Weatherbys Stallion Book Chase produced a convincing winner and one of the more surprising results.
Bottom weight and 22/1 outsider Gold Fields, ridden by Ross Chapman grabbed the lead over the final half mile and never looked back. They coasted home by 18 lengths from Goldencard ridden by Jack Tudor.
In gathering gloom the last race of the afternoon, the Racing Partnership National Hunt Flat, went to Washington ridden by Aiden Coleman for Olly Murphy.
With favourite True Glory pulling up, Coleman trusted the staying power of his mount to drive on unchallenged and stretch away by 19 lengths.
The next meeting at Fakenham is scheduled for Monday November 30.