Conquisto finds a silver lining at Fakenham Races
AP McCoy may have stolen the headlines by winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup yesterday but it was Conquisto who conquered all to take the Fakenham Silver Cup.
The 3-1 shot, trained at Louth by Steve Gollings and ridden by 10lb-claimer Paul Bohan, was always in the front rank to beat 10 rivals, headed by runner-up Crafty Roberto and third-placed Kayann.
The lightly-raced seven-year-old gelding was fifth on his return at Newcastle last month but that spin obviously put him in shape to take the �11,000 Totepool-sponsored event and give the jockey the biggest win of his career.
Trainer John Quinn saw his Countrywide Flame win the �100,000 Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham but 50 minutes later his odds-on favourite King Fingal failed by a neck to make it a double.
Ridden by claimer Dean Pratt, the favourite just failed to catch newcomer Ponte Di Rosa, ridden by James Davies for Newark trainer Michael Appleby.
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The winner held on to delight the bookies at odds of 50-1.
Eventual winner American Cricket and favourite Ben's Folly exchanged the lead several times during the three-mile beginners' chase.
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But it was the Paul Moloney-ridden and Evan Williams-trained 7-1 shot who pulled clear before the last to turn over the 4-7 market leader.
Moloney and Williams failed to complete a double in the Tim Barclay Memorial Chase, well beaten on runner-up, Five out of Five.
Winner at 11-2 was the grey Silver Adonis who won easily after taking it up under Tom Weston three out.
The 11-year-old, trained by Dr Richard Newland, put in a faultless display of jumping and could now go to Aintree next month to contest the Foxhunters.
Another grey called Silver, Silver Tenor, attempted to make it a silver grey double in the William Bulwer-Long Memorial Foxhunters Chase but he and four other runners never got in a blow on runaway winner Marky Bob.
The 8-11 favourite under Gordon Gallagher led from the start and never saw a rival as he recorded a second successive victory for trainer Hugo Froud, winning by a colossal 86 lengths.
The final race, the Say Yes To Broadband Hurdle, named in honour of the EDP Broadband campaign, went to Peterborough trainer Pam Sly's oddly-named Wom, ridden by Christy Geoghegan and completing a great day for the bookies, returned at 33-1.
The next Fakenham meeting is on Easter Monday, April 9, first race at 2pm.
2.20 — 1 Ponte Di Rosa (J M Davies) 50-1, 2 King Fingal (IRE) 4-6 Fav, 3 War Party 7-2. 10 ran. nk, 15l, 10l. M Appleby.
2.55 — 1 American Cricket (IRE) (Paul Moloney) 7-1, 2 Ben's Folly (IRE) 4-7 Fav, 3 Thoresby (IRE) 10-1. 5 ran. 11l, 36l, 83l. Evan Williams.
3.35 — 1 Silver Adonis (IRE) (Mr T Weston) 11-2, 2 Five Out Of Five (IRE) 11-2, 3 The Laodicean 9-4. 6-4 Fav Lord Singer (FR). 5 ran. 16l, 15l, 5l. Dr R D P Newland.
4.15 — 1 Marky Bob (IRE) (Mr G Gallagher) 8-11 Fav, 2 Halcyon Times (IRE) 5-1, 3 Silver Tenor 9-2. 6 ran. 86l, 26l, 53l. Hugo Froud.
4.55 — 1 Conquisto (P Bohan) 3-1, 2 Crafty Roberto 9-1, 3 Kayaan 20-1. 7-4 Fav Red Inca. 11 ran.sp1�l, 1�l. S Gollings. Non Runner: Callisto Moon.
5.30 — 1 Wom (C P Geoghegan) 33-1, 2 Archie Rice (USA) 6-1, 3 Wayward Glance 9-4. 11-8 Fav Winning Spark (USA). 11 ran. nk, 1l, 14l. Mrs P Sly.