Henderson’s raiding party bids for hat-trick at Fakenham Racecourse

Mistral Reine was a winner over hurdles at Fakenham in February. The horse returns to the north Nor

Mistral Reine was a winner over hurdles at Fakenham in February. The horse returns to the north Norfolk course this afternoon in the 1.20pm Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle contest. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

Top trainer Nicky Henderson makes a hat-trick seeking raid on Fakenham this afternoon with three likely favourites on the seven-race card.

There are just 42 declared runners for the seven-race card, the course's second of the 2014-15 jumps season.

Owners with a runner at Fakenham will have the chance to win £10,000 on top of their prize-money, courtesy of the Racehorse Owners' Association.

The fixture is the penultimate renewal of the ROA Owners Jackpot for 2014. The initiative, which is run by the ROA in association with the Racing Post, will see a £10,000 bonus fund shared between ROA members with a winner on the card.

If only one ROA member's horse wins, they will scoop the entire £10,000 jackpot.


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Already this year £100,000 has been shared between the winning owners of 57 horses.

Henderson has top jockey Barry Geraghty booked for two rides. He partners debutant Broxbourne in the 2.20pm Sis Supports the Injured Jockey Fund Novice Hurdle for which just four take part. The five-year-old mare was virtually last in the 2013 Cesarewitch but earlier, in the summer of 2013 won the Goodwood Stakes.

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Main rival would appear to be the Richard Johnson ridden Trapper Peak from Caroline Bailey's stables. The gelding won at Southwell two weeks ago, earning a five-pound rise in the weights.

In the 2.50pm Trevor Burnett Memorial Maiden Hurdle, Henderson sends out Geraghty on Nicolas Chauvin. The gelding won a bumper at Newton Abbott in September and has most to fear from That's My Rabbit, Will Kennedy riding for Jim Best on a June Kilbeggan winner.

In the finale at 3.50pm the Oxwick Stud National hunt flat race for conditional and amateur riders, Henderson puts up Peter Carberry on Jack Frost. The gelding's only run to date ended with victory at Ludlow in May.

Thunder and Rain, Sean Bowen for his father Peter, and Laika, Nathan Moscrop on Brian Ellison's mare, second at Bangor recently, are the main threats.

Biggest field of the day is in the opener when nine go in the 12.50pm handicap hurdle in which Shinooki, Johnson for Alex Hales, has a great chance. Third at Market Rasen in June, Shinooki had previously scored at Uttoxeter and could beat Mr Maynard, Tom O'Brien for Pauline Robeson and Miss Biscotti, a previous course winner for trainer Martin Bosley.

Six contest the hurdle at 1.20pm with previous Fakenham winner Mistral Reine topping the weights. Around A Pound, Henry Brooke on Nick Kent's gelding, and Brass Monkey, second at the course on New Year's Day for Harry Skelton and trainer Neil King, are the main players.

Topthorn, second at Huntingdon on Sunday goes for Bosley in the 1.50pm chase where Chestnut Ben is a key rival while the 3.20pm chase could provide a clear chance for top weight Tales of Milan, James Best riding for Phil Middleton on the previous Worcester winner.

Crescent Beach, James Davies for Henry Oliver, looks the main rival after a recent third place at Warwick.

Terry's Tips

12.50pm Shinooki.

1.20pm Brass Monkey.

1.50pm Hi Tide.

2.20pm Broxbourne.

2.50pm Nicolas Chauvin.

3.20pm Tales of Milan.

3.50pm Laika.

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