Fakenham attract packed crowd to New Year’s Race Day
A smart double for claiming jockey Jack Tudor in front of a packed crowd highlighted the New Year’s Race Day at Fakenham.
Tudor’s success included the feature race of the afternoon for prize money totalling £20,000, when he guided home Here Comes Henry for trainer Stuart Edmunds.
The pairing played a waiting game in the 11-strong field for the Fakenham Racecourse Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs before pushing ahead around the final home turn to hold off outsider Small Bad Bob by just over two lengths.
The double was achieved in the next race, the 2022 Mares Chase over two miles and five furlongs, when riding Barden Bella for trainer Christian Williams.
Long-time leader Wildkatz was unable to hold his position at the sharp end as Tudor took the initiative to pull away for an eight-length victory.
There was a popular win in the opening Amateur Jockeys Chase over a demanding three miles and five furlongs.
A spare ride on Goodnight Charlie picked up by Alex Chadwick for local Wymondham trainer Caroline Fryer turned up trumps thanks to an excellent round of jumping.
Always handily placed, the 12-year old saw off the attentions of Summit Like Herbie in a thrilling finish to take the prize by two lengths.
Odds-on favourite Hidor De Bersy led his rivals on a merry dance with a first to last win to take the
Happy New Year Maiden Hurdle over two miles.
Given a fine ride by Tom Scudamore, who controlled things from the front, the five-year-old trained by Tom Symonds showed his class to win going away from River Tyne under Tabitha Worsley.
Top weight Animal, ridden by Charlie Hammond, triumphed in the Wells Next The Sea Novices Chase over two miles and five furlongs.
They stalked the leading players before pouncing up the home straight ahead of main rival Jony Max for a convincing seven-length victory.
A delay to the last race of the afternoon led to its being run in gloomy light to round off the day.
Despite which the five-year-old Terresita, who had won at the track’s last meeting, continued her good form for trainer Lucy Wadham.
Under a strong ride from Corey McGivern the pairing dominated the encounter for the Racing Partnership Hurdle over three miles, scooting ahead to triumph by 16 lengths from Dynamite Kentucky under Charlie Hammond.
The next meeting at Fakenham is scheduled for Monday, January 17.