A smart double by top young jockey Sam Twiston-Davies brightened up a damp and windy afternoon’s racing at Fakenham on Tuesday.
His first came in the opening Fakenham Selling Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs on the Micky Hammond trained Jumpandtravel, taking his season’s total up to 60 wins.
The pairing allowed Lady Knight under James Banks to lead the field for two miles before taking command along the back straight and holding off all challenges. The winning margin was a comfortable seven lengths over favourite Perennial. The winner bought in for £4,000 at auction.
Having taken the first, Twiston-Davies rounded off his successful day by dominating the last on Galuppi for Royston trainer John Jenkins. After a tussle with Vicky’s Charm over the final half mile in the Independent Racecourses Ltd Hurdle over two miles, Galuppi stretched away for a four and a half length victory.
Just four horses turned out for the Weatherbys Bank Mares Chase over two miles and five furlongs which developed into a two-horse scrap between warm favourite Ballydague Lady and Emerald Rose. Turning into the final straight, jockey Mark Grant had Emerald Rose showing her rival a clean pair of heels, maintaining the advantage to the line by five lengths.
The Collect Totepool Winnings at Betfred Shops Conditional Jockeys Chase provided Marky Bob with his third win at the track thanks to an assured ride from Conor Ring. Having seen off the more fancied runners his only challenger was outsider Youm Jamil who could make little impression where it mattered.
With a field of only three it was expected that heavily odds-on favourite Southfield Vic would dominate the Weatherbys Hamilton Beginners Chase over three miles. After all this was a combination of champion trainer Paul Nichols and his stable jockey Twiston-Davies.
Main rival Katkeau from the David Pipe yard and ridden by Tom Scudamore had other ideas. Battling in tandem these two refused to give quarter and were within a couple of lengths of each other most of the way. But having taken the lead, Katkeau showed his determination and in a plucky finish held on by just over a length.
With the going announced as ‘soft’ for the fifth race, the At the Races Mares Hurdle, also over three miles, top weight Shaky Gift showed his class under a typically controlled ride from jockey Noel Fehilly. Having seen off Miss Mayfair with half a mile to go, the talented six-year-old sprinted up the home straight to win by an impressive 14 lengths.
The next meeting at Fakenham is on Sunday, December 20, first race due off at 12.50pm.