Josh claims a stylish success at Fakenham
Fakenham held its second meeting of the 2020/21 season behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Despite the limitations the seven-race card produced plenty of excitement and fierce competition between top trainers and riders.
The opening Racing To School ‘National Hunt’ Hurdle over two miles provided Josh Moore on Twominutes Turkish with a dream ride and a stylish victory.
They set the pace over the first mile before increasing it to build up a commanding lead.
Nothing challenged the pairing as they cruised home by a distance.
In contrast the Racing Partnership Chase over two miles and five furlongs was a close-run affair.
Only Abbey Lane of the five runners fell out of contention as the other four battled over the final mile.
Dream Bolt, under Jack Tudor, took the lead from two out but was stalked by Master Burbidge, under a patient ride from Harry Reed.
They were together at the last when trainer Neil Mulholland’s nine-year-old was urged to the front for a thrilling one length win.
The two mile Fillies Juvenile Hurdle attracted nine runners, reduced to eight when the fancied Volkovka pulled up after a mile.
Talking About You with James Davies on board had raced keenly at the front and paid the price at the business end when claiming jockey Fergus Gillard swept ahead on To Fly Free, followed home by Treaty of Dingle, ridden by Brian Hughes.
The best performance of the day came from Skylanna Breeze and Jonjo O’Neill Jr, riding for his father.
They led from first to last in the three mile Greene King IPA Hurdle to withstand every challenge and win by two lengths from Jonjoela, under Harry Bannister.
Just four were entered for the Novices Chase over two miles but there was no shortage of drama.
Only Imperil fell out of contention with the other three battling for the main prize.
Coming to the last together, favourite Mick Pastor suffered a crashing fall.
Timetochill, under Tudor, went to the front but was just caught on the line under a strong drive by champion jockey Hughes on Gaelik Coast. They won by a head.
The Greene King IPA Hurdle, also over two miles, was won by the fancied Glimpse Of Gold, enterprisingly ridden by Alexander Thorne.
Always well-placed the pairing held off the threat from Jackson Hill, under Mitchell Bastyan, by two lengths.
In gathering gloom the final race, the Hempton Standard Open National Hunt Flat went to the successful combination of Maxime Tissier and trainer Lucy Wadham who have often found Fakenham to be a happy hunting ground.
Their horse Martello Sky went off favourite and was a worthy winner over Sun Rising Hill.
The next scheduled meeting at Fakenham is on Tuesday, November 17.