A Fakenham day to remember for Welsh-based trainer Christian Williams
Welsh-based trainer Christian Williams had a day to remember at Fakenham races with an outstanding trio of winners at the track.
Things started to go his way from the opening Barnham Primary School Selling Hurdle over two miles and five furlongs when his Strictlyadancer cruised to a six-length victory.
Ridden by Adam Wedge, to give him his 50th win of the season, the pairing struck up the home straight to overhaul both Blue Monday and Robin De Broome in some style.
The double quickly followed in the Sky Sports Racing Conditional Jockeys Hurdle over three miles thanks to an enterprising ride by 17-year-old Jack Tudor on Massini’s Dream.
He was held up towards the head of affairs until the final furlong when a quick turn of foot took him past Very Intense under Max Kendrick to win by half a length in a thrilling finale.
The treble came in the feature race of the afternoon, the Horsemen’s Group Chase over two miles and five furlongs with favourite Cap Du Nord, also ridden by Tudor, to give him a double, taking the plaudits.
There was just a head separating the winner from favourite Eceparti, ridden by Charlie Deutsch.
Only four horses took part in the Racing Partnership Novices Chase over two miles with the lead swapping between the two market favourites.
At the business end The Flying Sofa, under Jamie Moore, pushed ahead to hold on well by half a length from the fast-finishing Eskendash, ridden by Jack Andrews.
The combination of champion trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Nico de Boinville was enough to send the stable’s four-year-old Grand Roi out as heavily odds-on favourite in the fourth race.
They were too good for the opposition and stretched away by seven lengths to take the RMA Sandhurst Louts’ 30th Anniversary Dinner Hurdle, also over two miles.
The fancied horses failed to come good in the Britbet Mares Hurdle despite sharing the lead for much of the distance.
Outsider Quantum of Solace, under Paddy Brennan, pounced at the last in a tussle with Makety, to win by a neck.
In gathering gloom, the Fakenham Racecourse Annual Members Novices Hurdle over three miles went to the fancied Oscar Academy, ridden by claiming jockey Lewis Stones for Olly Murphy.
They were given a run for their money by outsider Rumble B, under Gavin Sheehan, but the result was never in doubt on the run-in.
The next meeting at Fakenham is on Valentines Day, February 14.
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