Princess Royal has a winner at Fakenham Races
Posting her second win at Fakenham, the Princess Royal’s horse Chequered View was given a peach of a ride by claiming jockey Patrick Cowley on Tuesday.
Trained by Martin Keighley at his Cheltenham yard, the six-year-old saw out the three mile Weatherby’s Mares Chase with something to spare after a tussle with favourite Black Tulip, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson.
Taking the lead along the final back straight the pairing moved ahead with ease to hold on well from the fast-finishing outsider Carnspindle by three lengths.
Course favourite Todd made it three wins at the track to take the opening Racing Partnership Selling Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs.
Trained by the in-form Olly Murphy and ridden by Callum McKinnes, Todd relished the outing to see off favourite Skeaping by three lengths.
There was no bid for the winner at auction.
A 500-mile round trip from the David Pipe yard resulted in a fine win for Paricolor, ridden by Fergus Gillard, in the Four Tenners Novices Hurdle over two miles.
The favourite needed a shake-up from two out and responded in some style to coast home by nine lengths from Eva’s Diva.
Just three entrants for the Weatherby’s Beginners Chase over three miles led to the bizarre odds for the favourite, Imperial Aura, ending up at 1/25.
With neither of the other two runners getting round, jockey David Bass, riding for Kim Bailey, was able to breeze home alone untroubled.
Top weight Paddy’s Poem, under James Davies, was always well placed in the Weatherby’s VAT Services Chase over two miles in what developed into a two-horse race with Defi Sacre, ridden by James Best.
They battled it out up the home straight with Paddy’s Poem keeping ahead by two lengths.
The closing Sculthorpe Mares Hurdle over three miles looked like producing a close finish.
But, with favourite Viking Ruby unseating jockey Harry Reed at the final flight, rival Perfect Moment, under Tom O’Brien, was left with a clear run in with the rest of the field trailing.
The next meeting at Fakenham is the Christmas Race Day on Tuesday, December 17.
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