Murphy looking for more Fakenham success with Beau Sancy
PUBLISHED: 10:34 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 30 November 2018
Beau Sancy, having won his last three races, looks to add to trainer Olly Murphy’s superb recent success rate at Fakenham when the course’s fourth meeting of the 2018/19 National Hunt season takes place on Tuesday.
The six-year-old gelding won at Bangor and Wincanton early in October before completing his hat-trick when scoring over course and distance at Fakenham on October 31.
He is entered in the feature race, the 1.10pm Injured Jockeys’ Fund for Christmas Presents Handicap Chase over 21 furlongs, worth more than £8,000 to the winner. Among his main rivals are Alf ‘N’ Dor and Mr Raj. The former, trained in Wales by Peter Bowen, was a Ffos Las runner-up last time and now moves up in trip from two miles.
Mr Raj, trained by Thomas Gallagher, is a 10-year-old who was fourth at Plumpton a fortnight ago when having his first run since May 2017.
The six-race card gets under way at 12.40pm with a handicap hurdle in which trainer Jeremy Scott had entered Demon, a five-year-old gelding who sprang a 40/1 shock when winning a fortnight ago at Taunton in heavy ground.
There are 26 initial entries for the 1.40pm North Creake Novice Hurdle in which Bowen has Bang Bang Rosie representing him for the first time since acquiring the six-year-old mare from Willie Mullins in Ireland. Allant is another interesting entry, set to follow up his debut third for champion trainer Nicky Henderson.
Henderson has entered debutant Fusil Raffles in the 2.10pm Fakenham Juvenile Hurdle in which John Ryan has Queen Adelaide. The three-year-old filly was third on hurdles debut at Fakenham in October, following up with a second at Hereford a fortnight ago.
The Racing Welfare Chase at 2.40pm sees Ben Case’s Wisecracker in the line-up after twice finishing runner-up, at Wincanton and Hereford, while Newmarket-based Nick Littmoden has By Rail, a four-year-old gelding fourth at Bangor in October.
The 3.10pm finale, the Harpley Handicap Hurdle over three miles has attracted 16 entries, four from Murphy’s yard and it would be interesting if he runs So Sorry Sarah, a nine-year-old mare second of seven at Stratford in October. He also has Apachee Prince, General Bux and Wood Pigeon among the original entry list.