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Trainer Dan Skelton is looking to scoop up the prize money on offer when Fakenham racecourse starts its 2017/18 National Hunt season with a six-race card today.

Genial John Berry was full of praise for Bath and Great Yarmouth racecourses yesterday after his filly Hope Is High landed the Bath Staying Final worth £20,000 on the final day of the Eastern Festival.

Bath’s loss is Great Yarmouth’s gain on Thursday afternoon when another eight-race card brings down the curtain on the three-day Eastern Festival.

Irish eyes were smiling across Great Yarmouth yesterday as Beautiful Morning sparkled on a beautiful afternoon to land the racecourse’s most valuable contest of the season.

Zack Mayo stayed on strongly to land the £24,000 feature race on day one of Great Yarmouth’s Eastern Festival yesterday.

2009 Aintree Grand National winning jockey Liam Treadwell added the Snellings Norfolk National to his list of successes when Amiral Collonges won Fakenham’s longest and richest race of the season yesterday.

The longest race of the year at Fakenham takes centre stage this afternoon with the running of the Snellings Norfolk National over three miles and five furlongs at the north Norfolk track.

The Grand Visir, a colt out of all-conquering Frankel, produced a tremendous debut performance at Great Yarmouth this evening, to delight Newmarket trainer William Haggas.

Three horses sired by Frankel grace Great Yarmouth tonight when the East coast racecourse stages its first evening meeting of the season.

Peterborough trainer Pam Sly was thrilled when Vernatti, a Speciosa filly, won Great Yarmouth’s 10-furlong handicap under Rob Hornby yesterday.

Champion jockey Jim Crowley grabbed the feature race at Great Yarmouth’s opening day of the season when Mohatem won the 10-furlong handicap.

Champion jockey Jim Crowley has four excellent chances to mark the start of Great Yarmouth’s 2017 racing season with a win this afternoon.

Ardmayle, a five-year-old gelding from Ali Stronge’s Lambourn stables in Berkshire, aims to complete a hat-trick by taking the feature race on today’s seven-race card at Fakenham.

Highland Fling, a winner at Sedgefield on Tuesday, followed up at Fakenham yesterday, completing a quick double for Irish trainer Gavin Cromwell.

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.

Fakenham’s traditional New Year’s Day meeting takes place at the north Norfolk course tomorrow (Sunday) with six races, starting at 12.45pm and with the finale off at 3.35pm and as always, a large holiday crowd is anticipated.

Trainer Neil Mulholland has a fine record at Fakenham and he looks to have three good chances of adding to his tally at the north Norfolk jumps track tomorrow.

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