McCoy the big attraction at Fakenham
Mark PointerGrand National winning jockey Tony McCoy will be the main attraction today as Fakenham Racecourse stages its penultimate race meeting with a six race-card.Mark Pointer
Grand National winning jockey Tony McCoy will be the main attraction today as Fakenham Racecourse stages its penultimate race meeting with a six race-card.
McCoy has two rides booked this afternoon, with his best chance being aboard the Nicky Henderson-trained Oedipe in the Sis Live Novices' Hurdle (3.20). This lightly raced eight-year-old gelding switches to hurdles after some impressive runs over fences. Oedipe was a winner of a feature chase at Aintree two years ago and has been highly tried since without further success. It would be no surprise to see him score over hurdles with McCoy in the saddle.
The afternoon gets under way with the Your Duty To Vote 6th May Selling Hurdle (2.20), in which Kanad gets my vote. This gelding was a game winner at the course last month, when scoring by half a length and should follow up.
The John Cornwell-trained Mad Professor looks the one to follow in the Totepool Handicap Chase (2.50). This gelding was an impressive seven length winner at Southwell last week and providing that race has not taken too much out of him, he should be there or thereabouts.
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At The Races Novices' Chase (3.50) is the feature race of the day in which Pheidias should take all the beating. Trained by classic winning trainer Pam Sly this gelding was a good second Southwell last month and before that Pheidias jumped beautifully to win over course and distance back in March. Expect another bold showing today.
Cool Running should give the Grand National connections of Jonjo O'`Neill and J P McManus another win in the Your Vote Will Count Fox Hunters' Chase for The Turner Family Trophy (4.20). Bought out of Christy Roches' stable in Ireland, this gelding looks hard to oppose after finishing third at Bangor last month.
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Shropshirelass should take all the beating in the Remember To Vote 6th May Mares' Handicap Hurdle (4.50). This mare is in the form of her life, after wins at Stratford and Plumpton, and looks primed for further success this afternoon.