Double up jockey Gina Andrews kicks off 2016 in unbeatable form at Fakenham
Gina Andrews grabbed a New Year's Day double at a packed Fakenham, winning the feature race on Actinpieces, 35 minutes after scoring in the Amateur Riders' Chase.
'It's been a great day, a fantastic day. What better way to start the New Year,' said Andrews after a 28-length victory in the Dave Harrison Memorial Hurdle.
Actinpieces, a five-year-old grey mare, trained near Peterborough by Pam Sly, destroyed her six rivals to win at 5/2.
'She's won twice on heavy and on soft so the ground holds no fears for her. She jumped well but got a bit lonely out in front,' said Andrews.
'She's very green. I really don't know how good she is,' said the trainer.
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'She could be very exciting if the handicapper is not too harsh on her,' she added.
The ladies' point-to-point champion, Andrews had steered favourite Bold Batchelor home in the Amateur Riders' Chase. In front of the stands on the first circuit, Slidecheck fell and at the same fence on the second lap, Lost in Newyork was a casualty.
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Andrews, on the 10/11 favourite trained by Dr Richard Newland, always had the seven-year-old up with the pace and she led throughout the final lap to win comfortably from Johns Luck and Houseparty.
Favourite backers had no worries in the opener when Cotillion, a winner at Leicester four days earlier, cruised home in the selling hurdle.
Under three-pound claimer Rob McCarth for trainer Ian Williams, Cotillion was ridden quietly for the first two miles, allowing Trapper Peakan easy lead.
But with half a mile to go 4/6 favorite Cotillion injected pace and the 10-year-old gelding motored well clear before the final obstacle and won by 19 lengths easing down.
However, the bookies grabbed their revenge in the second race, when 50/1 shot Dalaki raced home by 18 lengths in the maiden hurdle.
On debut over hurdles three weeks ago, Dalaki was always behind, but under Peter Carberry the five-year-old was always up with the early leaders.
When odds-on favourite Alberta took it up the race looked all over but Dalaki, trained by Des Donovan, pulled clear for an easy victory which paid out at more than 100/1 on the tote.
Carberry went on to complete a shock double when he rode Izbushka, the outsider of the six-runner field, to win the finale at 16/1.
That meant an 866/1 double for Carberry, winning for Darlington trainer David Thompson on a gelding successful at 33/1 at the course back in May.
Caroline Bailey had a winner at the previous meeting at the track and scored again when Global Domination, under Adam Pogson, won the novice chase despite almost being brought down by the falling Glenwood for Ever.
It was an eventful heat with the winner, at 5/2, beating Spartilla, the only other finisher, by just half a length.