Search

Good day for the outsiders at Fakenham races

PUBLISHED: 09:25 18 February 2017

Bonnet's Vino, riden by Gina Andrews, wins the second race of the day at Fakenham yesterday. Picture: Ian Burt

Bonnet's Vino, riden by Gina Andrews, wins the second race of the day at Fakenham yesterday. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2017

The smile on the face of owner and trainer Pam Sly said it all after her mare Bonnet’s Vino won the novice chase at Fakenham yesterday.

Sly’s smile was matched only by that of winning rider Gina Andrews after the 22/1 outsider scooped a shock victory.

The Nicky Henderson trained Omessa Has led early but it was favourite Mr Mix, under Sam Twiston-Davies for Paul Nicholls, who looked set to score. However, having gone ahead, Mr Mix crashed out at the open ditch and as Omessa Has faded, it was left for Andrews to power Sly’s mare home.

“Gina was so cool. I told her not to make a move until the last ditch. Obviously we were helped by the faller, but to be fair she has done it well,” said Sly.

“She’s run her heart out and deserved her bit of luck,” said Andrews.

Feature race, the Tim Barclay Memorial Chase, went to another long-shot in Rear Admiral, at 16/1.

Ridden by Jake Greenall and trained by Mick Easterby, the 11-year-old bided his time before racing through in the final half mile to win.

“Sometimes he packs it in but today he wanted it and ran well,” said Greenall as the owners touted a shot at Aintree’s Topham Trophy at April’s Grand National meeting as a target.

The William Bulwer Long Memorial Hunter Chase completed a double on the day for the Easterbys when Carlton Ryan, trained by Stephanie Easterby and ridden by William Easterby, triumphed at 3/1 after Mr Madeit fell at the final fence.

Barry Geraghty made a rare visit to ride Cash Again in the novice hurdle but could only finish third behind 4/1 winner The Mighty Don on whom Tom Scudamore injected pace to put the contest to bed a mile out.

It proved a day for big-priced winners and Improved did just that in first-time cheekpieces to win the novice hurdle under Thomas Dowson for Phil Kirby, returned at 10/1.

Six-year-old gelding Edward Elgar hit all the right notes in winning the opener under Harry Skelton for trainer Caroline Bradley at 4/1 while the closing flat race saw Skelton complete a wide apart double when newcomer Whatzdjazz trained by brother Dan, scored at 6/1.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Fakenham and Wells Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Fakenham and Wells Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Fakenham and Wells Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Fakenham and Wells sport

Yesterday, 09:43

Fakenham Town gave a good account of themselves in front of a big crowd on Saturday before becoming the latest side to lose to runaway Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders Felixstowe and Walton.

Yesterday, 09:19

Fakenham cycling club East Coast Riders attracted an entry of over 250 to their cyclo-cross races on Hempton Common.

Yesterday, 09:54

Wells Town hosted top-of-the-table and unbeaten Easton at Beach Road and with several changes to the playing squad and the managers going for a very youthful look to the team.

Yesterday, 09:05

Barnes Print Central and South Norfolk League Division One leaders Longham visited previously unbeaten Watton Reserves and won 4-2.

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 1°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter