Fakenham racecourse ready for official opening of new development

Chief Executive and clerk of the course David Hunter at Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt

Chief Executive and clerk of the course David Hunter at Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Fakenham's latest new development will be officially opened at the course's meeting on Wednesday by retired horse Cool Roxy and senior medical officer Dr Piers Reinhold.

Over the five-month summer break, King's Lynn builders EN Suiter have been working to build a new weighing room, new jockeys' medical rooms and a new owners' and trainers' bar.

The £370,000 project was on time and within budget and the facilities provide a first-class service to jockeys, owners, trainers and officials.

Everything was in use for Fakenham's first meeting of the season on Friday, October 16. However, the official opening will be at noon, before racing, on Wednesday.

The medical room is to be called The Reinhold Jockeys' Medical room after Fakenham's long serving senior medical officer Dr Piers Reinhold and the owners' and trainers' bar is to be called The Cool Roxy Bar after Fakenham's most prolific race-winning horse Cool Roxy.

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'It has been a frantic few months to get this ready for the new season but with a hard work and dedication we have done it,' said Fakenham's chief executive and clerk of the course, David Hunter.

'Everything worked well and was appreciated at our last meeting. We have made a few tweaks and are now ready for the official opening. It is fitting that the medical room is called after Piers as he has provided the most professional medical cover for the jockeys for many years from a very basic wooden hut!

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'The previous bar was woefully inadequate so it is a pleasure to provide a large, warm and comfortable place and it is totally appropriate for this room to be called after a horse that has set the record of the highest number of wins in Fakenham's 110-year history. Cool Roxy, now a sprightly 19-year-old, is looked after by Emily Crossman.'

Owner Alan Blackmore, 87 on October 31, said he was 'very proud and humbled' to have the bar named after his horse.

Wednesday's card: 1.10pm IJF Handicap Hurdle, 2m 7f; 1.40pm Fakenham NH Maiden Hurdle, 2m; 2.10pm Harpley Fillies Juvenile Hurdle, 2m; 2.40pm Poppy Appeal Chase, 2m; 3.10pm Crown Inn Catering At Fakenham Hurdle, 2m 4f; 3.40pm RBL Chase, 2m 5f; 4.10pm Oxwick Standard NH Flat Race, 2m.

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