It’s no mystery as debutant filly lands the feature race at Fakenham

06:30 29 October 2015

Left of picture - Miami Present (Danny Cook) won the second race of the day at Fakenham Racecourse. Picture: Ian Burt

Left of picture - Miami Present (Danny Cook) won the second race of the day at Fakenham Racecourse. Picture: Ian Burt


Mystery Code made an impressive winning hurdles debut for trainer Alan King when landing the feature, the two-mile juvenile hurdle, at Fakenham yesterday.

Sent off evens favourite, the three-year-old filly idled in front but won well from eight rivals, earning a 33/1 Triumph Hurdle quote from Paddy Power.

Useful on the flat, the filly travelled well and answered jockey Wayne Hutchinson’s every call in scoring from Culture De Sivola.

“She’s done a very professional job. She was very pleasing. I got to the front a bit too soon and she looked around for company. But then she has run on well again,” said Hutchinson.

The Lucy Wadham trained Artifice Sivola gave a superb display of front-running and jumping to take the Cool Roxy Chase under double Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell.

Aspell sent the 4/1 chance off in front and never saw a rival as the five-year-old jumped boldly, winning by 17 lengths from Be On Time.

“He’s a bit of livewire but has jumped great. I gave him a bit of a breather after the first circuit and he has gone on again,” said Aspell.

The second chase almost clinched an Aspell double. But 5/2 favourite Road To Freedom, also trained by Wadham, was unable to reel in 7/1 chance Milgen Bay in an action-packed contest.

Milgen Bay desperately held on to win by a head under Thomas Garner for Oliver Sherwood, ironically Aspell’s retainer.

Harriet Bethell, a winning amateur jockey at the course last season, had her second winner as a trainer when Miami Present took the maiden hurdle by seven lengths.

Ridden by Danny Cook, Miami Present, having his first run for the Nottinghamshire trainer, was always up with the leaders and scored with ease, returned at 6/1.

“I’ve only got six horses. I’ve had a lot of seconds, which is frustrating, so this is really good. He’s a bit free at home and I thought a sharp track like Fakenham would suit,” said Bethell.

The opener had been won by 2/1 favourite Tokyo Javilex who rewarded trainer Nigel Hawkes’ lengthy trip from Devon under amateur Lee Drowne.

It was his second career success and came on an eight-year-old in form, having won at Ffos Las 11 days ago. The winner ran in snatches but won by four lengths from David Thompson’s Weybridge Light.

Thompson had compensation when his Bowdler’s Magic scooted home by eight lengths in the handicap hurdle under Brian Hughes at 8/1, beating Iron Butterfly with favourite Dainty Diva disappointing.

The finale, the National Hunt flat race, was won by newcomer Potters Legend under David Noonan for Wadham, returned at 10/1 and completing a 54/1 double for the Newmarket trainer.

Before racing the official opening of the Dr Piers Reinhold Medical Centre by the course’s doctor of 34 years himself, took place, while the Cool Roxy bar, was opened by the 19-year-old gelding, who won 11 times during his racing career at the north Norfolk course.


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