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Fakenham race meeting draws big crowd on Valentine's Day



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Good prize money and a seven-race card drew a big crowd to Fakenham for its Valentine’s Day meeting.

With jump tracks everywhere else suffering from the aftermath of Storm Ceira, there was no problem with the going on a bright and breezy afternoon.

The opening Easton College Equine Diploma Students Seller over two miles produced a surprise winner in the shape of Cryogenics, the race card suggesting it as a rank outsider.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 4th Race of the day..Picture Paul Marsh... (29232968)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 4th Race of the day..Picture Paul Marsh... (29232968)

The long-distance traveller from Newcastle revelled in the conditions under claiming rider Alison Clarke for trainer Kenny Johnson.

Turning for home the six-year-old pushed on to win going away from By Rail under Jack Quinlan by five lengths.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 4th Race of the day,..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233028)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 4th Race of the day,..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233028)

The gelding was bought at auction for £6,800.

Top trainers Paul Nichols and Nicky Henderson vied for the Racing To School Riders Programme Chase over the same distance with Nichols’ odds-on favourite Greaneteen, ridden by Harry Cobden, coming out on top, also by five lengths.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 3rd Race of the day, with a sprint for the line with race winner No 3 Fraternel and Runner up No 1 Fix Sun ..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233030)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 3rd Race of the day, with a sprint for the line with race winner No 3 Fraternel and Runner up No 1 Fix Sun ..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233030)

Just three horses contested the race but it was keenly fought with an excellent round of jumping.

There was a shock in the Novices Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs with the defeat of Henderson’s 1/6 odds-on favourite Fix Sun in the four-runner race.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 3rd Race of the day, ..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233033)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 3rd Race of the day, ..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233033)

A hurdle mistake when leading along the back straight proved costly with Fraternel, under Tom Cannon, closing the gap.

Together at the last Fix Sun went down by half a length to give Fraternel’s trainer Alan King the first of two wins on the day.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Some of the Crowd in the Grandstand..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233035)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Some of the Crowd in the Grandstand..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233035)

The double was completed in the next race, the Tim Barclay Memorial Chase over two miles and five furlongs.

His favourite Senior Citizen, ridden by Adrian Heskin, always looked the part as he built up a commanding lead to win from Rizzardo by 11 lengths.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Some of the Crowd in the Grandstand..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233035)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Some of the Crowd in the Grandstand..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233035)

Archie Watson is best known as a flat race trainer but his six-year-old Premier D’Troice got the better of more fancied rivals to take the Valentine’s Day Novices Hurdle over three miles in some style.

Given an excellent ride by Brodie Hampson, the 9/1 shot beat favourite Dundrum Wood by three lengths.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting .The 2nd Race Winner No 1 Greaneteen.Picture Paul Marsh. (29233036)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting .The 2nd Race Winner No 1 Greaneteen.Picture Paul Marsh. (29233036)

Class told in the Hunter Chase, also over three miles, with Shantou Flyer, owned and ridden by David Maxwell, getting home by a distance from Haymount.

The pairing will now look forward to the Foxhunters at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 1st Race of the day..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233120)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Action From The 1st Race of the day..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233120)

In gathering darkness the final National Hunt Flat race over two miles went to bottom weight Martello Sky, ridden by Eoin Walsh and trained by Lucy Wadham at Newmarket.

The four-year-old showed a good turn of foot up the home straight to win comfortably from Fantastikas.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Keeping a close eye on the runners and riders on Race day..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233123)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting ..Keeping a close eye on the runners and riders on Race day..Picture Paul Marsh. (29233123)

The next meeting at Fakenham will be the Country Food Trust Race Day on Friday, March 13.

Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting .Paddock Parade before a Race .Picture Paul Marsh. (29233124)
Fakenham Racecourse Valentine's Day Raceday Meeting .Paddock Parade before a Race .Picture Paul Marsh. (29233124)


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