The prices may have been short but there was no disguising the delight on the face of jockey Tom Scudamore on winning both his rides at Fakenham’s third meeting of the month, writes Jim Harding.
It brought his total of wins over the season to 104 and must have made the long round trip from trainer David Pipe’s Somerset yard all the more agreeable.
Scudamore kicked off the meeting with an all-the-way win on Rathlin Rose in the Hoe Novices Hurdle over three miles.
His main rival, Baku Bay under Jack Doyle, had won at the course nine days earlier but was outpaced over the final mile and never mounted a challenge. Rathlin Rose got home by 16 lengths.
The double arrived in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Maiden over two miles thanks to a classy performance from Twentytwo’s Taken.
Keen from the outset, Scudamore covered her up over the first mile but once she got to the front there was only going to be one winner as the pairing held on well from Midnight Jazz.
The biggest field of the afternoon contested the Longham Conditional Jockeys Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs.
In an open race the 3/1 shot Running Wolf under Conor Shoemark broke away from the pack from two out, holding on well from runner-up Golden Games by two and a half lengths.
Course favourite Full Ov Beans, who has won six times at Fakenham, just failed to register another victory.
The 11 year-old ridden by claiming jockey Mikey Hamill, dashed straight into the lead in the Wendling Chase over three miles to give his many supporters plenty of heart.
But racing from a career-high mark and further than before, he was overhauled up the straight by the powerful finish of Alanjou under a strong drive from Brendan Powell.
Alright Benny had won his previous run at Fakenham on New Year’s Day and put up a bold effort under Tom O’Brien in the East Bilney Chase over two miles and five furlongs.
Having led most of the way he had no answer to the finishing burst of Moneymix at the last with jockey Adam Wedge finding plenty from the Ali Stronge trained grey.
A close finish seemed inevitable in the final race of the afternoon when long-time leader Zero Visibility ridden by its trainer Alex Dunn was joined at the last by Ogaritmo under Conor Shoemark.
But with Ogaritmo falling heavily the way was clear for a simple run-in to take the Gately Hurdle over two miles.
The next meeting at Fakenham is on Friday, February 13, the first race is due off at 1.30pm.