Herecomestanley enjoys Fakenham success
Trainer Milton Harris put one over the National Hunt big guns from his small string at Banbury when Herecomestanley ran out the game winner of the feature day of the day, the East Anglia Handicap Chase at 2.
Trainer Milton Harris put one over the National Hunt big guns from his small string at Banbury when Herecomestanley ran out the game winner of the feature day of the day, the East Anglia Handicap Chase at 2.20, as Fakenham Racecourse - bathed in beautiful sunshine - staged its most valuable race day ever yesterday.
The seven-year-old gelding, already a winner at Fakenham at the October meeting, was ridden off the pace and took up the running from Almaydan, with one fence still to jump.
Herecomestanley then popped the last well and despite pressure from Iris Royal and Mick Fitzgerald on the short run-in the 11-4 favourite held on to win by a neck.
"He has always had ability, but he is now maturing and we are seeing the best of him now," said winning trainer Harris.
"We were aware there were some good horses in the race, but we knew he handles the track and goes well on the ground.
"He will now give him a break and will probably look for a handicap over the Christmas period."
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Earlier, Prince Ary caused the upset in the opener, when am impressive 7-1 winner of the 'Break Charity'- Juvenile Maiden Hurdle at 12.50.
Always travelling well for jockey Tom Scudamore, this three-year-old gelding took up the running three flights out and despite a brief challenge from odds-on favourite, Chaninbar, Prince Ary lengthened clear around the home turn to win by eight lengths from 66-1 outsider, Doctor David.
Twist Magic gave Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh their only winner on their venture to the north Norfolk track when running out an easy winner of the Para Dressage Training Trust Novices Chase at 1.20.
Despite being off the track for 242 days, this four-year-old gelding put in excellent display of jumping when winning from pillar to post by 24 lengths from the highly-rated Royal Shakespeare, who was never jumping fluently on his chasing debut.
The 20-1 shot, Letitia's Loss, was surprise winner of the Handicap Hurdle at 1.50.
Given a peach of a ride by conditional jockey James Diment, this eight-year-old mare took up the running two flights out and quickened clear to run away with the race by 19 lengths from Beyondtherealm in second.
It was Letitia's Loss's trainer Anna Brooks' first winner at Fakenham and her second overall as a permit holder.
Frosty Jak made the long journey from Buckfastleigh in Devon pay dividends when winning the Mervyn King World Indoor Bowls Champion 2006 Novices Chase at 2.50.
Always in the front rank, the Jimmy Frost-trained gelding kept on gamely to win by two-and-a-half lengths from Lord of the Road and deny Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh a double.
"He was not suited by the track, but stayed on well and is a game individual, as shown from his win at Chepstow last time out on soft ground," said winning jockey Richard Johnson.
The final first place went to the Charlie Egerton-trained The Entomologist, who looks a horse to follow after winning the Jamie Chestney U25 Indoor Bowls World Champion Novice Hurdle at odds of 7-2.
Ridden from the front with one circuit to go, the five-year-old gelding never looked in danger under a confident ride by jockey Jimmy McCarthy, and ran out a comfortable six-length winner from The Noble Raider in second place.
The next meeting at Fakenham is on Wednesday, December 20, with the first race off at 12.40pm.