National Hunt Racing
Full Ov Beans again lived up to his amazing reputation at Fakenham when he won his sixth race at the track with a lifetime best performance to take the feature At The Races Chase over two miles and five furlongs.
Cheered home by a bumper Sunday crowd, the 10-year old defied the odds to lead from start to finish under claiming jockey Mikey Hamill.
Helped by crashing falls at the first by two of his main rivals, Full Ov Beans jumped a perfect round to wear down only challenger Noble Legend by 13 lengths.
Favourite backers were warmed up on a cold afternoon when Be Bop Boru took the opening Christmas Hurdle over three miles in convincing style.
Under a patient ride from claimer Alan Johns the partnership made the near-500 mile round-trip from trainer Tim Vaughan’s Glamorgan yard worthwhile with a stylish victory over Change of Luck by three and three quarter lengths.
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Hurdle over two miles went to second favourite Haatefina, given a very positive ride by Dave Crosse.
After seeing off Bon Chic up the final straight he stayed on well to repel the persistent outsider Dunmallet Belle by three lengths.
Shady Lane was a popular winner of the Racing At Fakenham New Year’s Day Hurdle, also over two miles.
Harry Skelton, riding for his brother Dan, took charge with a mile to go and was never headed, storming home from Running Wolf by five lengths.
The Fakenham 2015 Annual Membership Novices Chase over two miles provided a surprise with outsider Midnight Chorister ridden by Kielan Woods making it look easy over his more fancied rivals.
From two out he overhauled long-time leader Six One Away and the result was never in doubt up the straight as the 10-1 shot dashed home by ten lengths.
Daryl Jacob made his one ride of the afternoon count when he steered short-priced favourite Mr Grey to victory to take the Independent Racecourses Ltd Maiden Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs.
In gathering darkness the talented six-year-old led virtually from start to finish for an impressive victory. The next meeting at the track is on New Year’s Day, first race due off at 12.30pm.