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Trainer Peter Bowen and his son James taste glory in Norfolk National




Now established as a firm Fakenham favourite, the fifth running of the Norfolk National over a tough 3miles and 5 furlongs once again attracted a strong field to the track.

Thirteen runners lined up for the feature race, competing for prize money of £21,400.

In tricky going following hours of rain and a strong wind, the standard of jumping was excellent with the result in doubt until the final stages.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 2.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853657)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 2.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853657)

The lead constantly changed hands but at the sharp end it was Game Line, trained by Peter Bowen and ridden by his son James Bowen, who began to dominate.

Sent to the lead along the back straight the pairing rounded the home turn in good style to dash home by a commanding seven lengths from Flying Verse, ridden by Tom Bellamy.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 5, winner Game Line(IRE) and Jockey James Bowen.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853155)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 5, winner Game Line(IRE) and Jockey James Bowen.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853155)

The opening Selling Hurdle over 2 miles went to odds-on favourite Ar Mest, confidently ridden by Jamie Moore for his father Gary Moore.

With the field reduced to just three following the early departure of Malina Ocarina, main rival Ferrobin was quickly seen off for a convincing victory by 10 lengths.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Race Number 5 winning jockey James Bowen.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853141)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Race Number 5 winning jockey James Bowen.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853141)

Following some keen bidding at auction, the winner was bought for £9,800.

The Caravan Camping Site Chase over 2 miles and 5 furlongs was won by Barden Bella ridden by claiming jockey Jack Tudor for trainer Christian Williams.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 4.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853536)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 4.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853536)

They made the most of the short run-in from the final fence to just hold on from the fast-finishing Joey Steel by a length.

An outstanding ride by Page Fuller on Bucko’s Boy produced a first to last victory to take the Snellings Maiden Hurdle over 2 miles and 4 furlongs.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 3.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853542)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 3.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853542)

Riding for Jamie Snowdon, the pairing were never headed and pulled away to win by eight lengths from Dancing Doris under Jack Quinlan.

The Snelling Novices Hurdle, also over 2 miles and 4 furlongs, was won by Top Beak ridden by 7lb claimer Jason Dixon for Max Young.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 3.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853543)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 3.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853543)

In a tight contest they got the better of Crem Fresh, who placed second by two lengths and Say Nothing in third place.

The well-fancied Tullys Touch under Jack Andrews rounded off the afternoon with a dominant win to take the Hunters’ Chase over three miles.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 2 winner Barden Bella (IRE) No5 and jockey Jack Tudor.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853550)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 2 winner Barden Bella (IRE) No5 and jockey Jack Tudor.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853550)

Always handily placed, they turned on the style with half a mile to go and were never challenged to win by four lengths from outsider Laser Beam.

The next meeting at Fakenham is scheduled for Sunday, May 23.

Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 2.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853657)
Fakenham Racecourse Race Day Meeting on Tuesday May 4th 2021.Action From Race Number 2.Picture by Paul Marsh. (46853657)


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