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Gordon and Quinlan lead the way at Fakenham's St Andrew's Day meeting



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Double successes for trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Jack Quinlan highlighted the fourth meeting of the season behind closed doors at Fakenham on Monday.

On going conditions which changed from good to soft after the first race, Quinlan excelled on Captain Speaking, trained by Nick Littmoden, to win the Racing Is Everyone’s Sport Chase over two miles and five furlongs.

The five year-old had won its last two races and immediately took the lead to declare its intentions.

St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 1. (43348604)
St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 1. (43348604)

Despite pulling hard there was to be no let up, even when challenged coming towards the home turn. Captain Speaking just found more to stretch away and win by 13 lengths from favourite Thomas Todd.

Quinlan’s double came in great style when he piloted bottom weight Friends Don’t Ask for Martin Smith to take the longest race of the day, the three mile five furlong Testerton Chase.

Always up with the pace and never out of the first three, Friends Don’t Ask relished the conditions to score by five lengths from favourite Strictlyadancer.

St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 4. (43348593)
St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 4. (43348593)

Trainer Gordon also had a day to remember with the long trip up from his Winchester stable made more than worthwhile as both his only two entries on the card scored impressively.

The first, Pasvoltsky, was sent off favourite in the three-runner St Andrew’s Day Maiden Hurdle over two miles.

There was little between the trio throughout but the winner, ridden by Tom Cannon, was in the mix from first to last, pulling ahead from Lady KK by two lengths.

St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 5 .. Winner Can't Stop Now (IRE). (43348545)
St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 5 .. Winner Can't Stop Now (IRE). (43348545)

Gordon’s double winner was aptly named Can’t Stop Now under a strong ride from Joshua Moore to take the Racing Is Everyone’s Sport Juvenile Hurdle, also over two miles.

Despite pulling hard from the outset, he was never headed to see off second-placed Grousman by eight lengths.

There was a 40/1 upset in the opening Pudding Norton Hurdle over two and a half miles as bottom weight Sawpit Sienna, under Robert Dunne, carried just 10 stone and made it count with a stirring performance.

Always well-placed the five year-old saw off his more fancied rivals to get home by three lengths from Say Nothing.

St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 5. (43348547)
St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 5. (43348547)

The final race of the afternoon, the Colkirk Chase over two miles, was won by Court Jurado from the powerful Donald McCain Jnr stable.

It was jockey Sam Twiston-Davies’ only ride of the day and he made sure of victory from two out when he took the lead and pressed on to score by three lengths from Goldencard.

The Christmas meeting at Fakenham is scheduled for Sunday December 20.

St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 2 .. winner Captain Speaking (FR). (43348599)
St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 2 .. winner Captain Speaking (FR). (43348599)
St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 1. (43348602)
St.Andrews Day Race Meeting at Fakenham Racecourse behind closed doors..Action from Race Number 1. (43348602)


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