Yarmouth set for a packed programme

The three top jockeys in the race to become this season's champion all have fancied rides as Great Yarmouth stages its penultimate meeting of the season today (first race 1.50pm).

More than 110 horses were declared yesterday for a bumper eight-race card which sees half of the contests fielding the course's maximum 16 runners.

Of the three title contenders, reigning champion Paul Hanagan, former champion Kieren Fallon and young Brazilian Silvestre De Sousa, it is Fallon who looks likely to have the best day.

In the opener he rides Protect for Sir Michael Stoute. Second at Leicester, the daughter of Nayef holds a real chance despite two Godolphin newcomers Kailani and Salacia and Hanagan's mount, Aniseed for in-form trainer William Haggas.

The second division of the same contest sees two more Godolphin newcomers, Hikma and Morrow, with Frankie Dettori taking the ride on the latter, a Pivotal filly.

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Even so Haggas has another big chance with Liam Jones riding Dancing Grace, third on debut just over six weeks ago.

The third race is another for two-year-olds, over six furlongs, with Hanagan riding another Haggas debutant in Shatter. But Neil Callan on James Fanshawe's Twin Shadow could shatter those hopes, Twin Shadow reverting to six furlongs after fading over a longer trip last time out at Kempton.

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Fallon has a favourite's chance in the fourth, the seller, riding George Baker's Jack's Revenge, a previous winner at Leicester although he could get a tough challenge from another previous Leicester winner, Flying Phoenix, from the Gay Kelleway yard.

Horses returning to the course invariably do well and in the nursery, Mick Channon's Doctor Banner, third last week, could do better two pounds down in the weights. A rise of seven pounds could stop previous course winner Coach Montana winning again.

Another maximum 16 line up for the sixth race and Fallon, on Fanshawe's Faith and Hope, is a likely contender. However, Harting Hill looks the one to beat with George Baker taking the ride for Marcus Tregoning.

Fallon rides the almost certain favourite Caramelita for Royston-based John Jenkins in the penultimate contest although don't ignore Strike A Deal who gets a useful seven pound allowance thanks to apprentice Danny Brock on board.

Hanagan's best chance of the day could come in the finale with Kevin Ryan saddling Merito, whose first-time blinkers might just prove decisive.

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