Fakenham

  • 13:20 Mirror Punters Club Maiden Hurdle2m

  • Winner £2,053 2nd £598 3rd £299
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 21.61s
  • Off time: 13:25:36
13:20 Fakenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 15/2
2nd Riddlestown (IRE) 66/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 Black, black and maroon striped cap Chabal (IRE) 879
Beaten Favourite
6 11-5 J P Ferguson D F O'Regan 2/13.00
2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Edmaaj (IRE) 130
5 11-5 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 3/14.00
3 66-676 White, black triple diamond, black and white striped sleeves, black cap Riddlestown (IRE) 22
6 11-5 C Fryer Harry Skelton 66/167.00
4 Black, White cross belts, diabolo on sleeves The Tiger 52
5 11-5 E A L Dunlop Paul Moloney 2/13.00
5 754-172 EMERALD GREEN and RED diabolo, WHITE sleeves, EMERALD GREEN diamonds, WHITE cap, RED diamond Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 30
5 11-5 p1 O Sherwood Wayne Hutchinson 15/28.50
6 Mauve, Mauve and White check sleeves, White cap Watered Silk 104
5 11-5 Mrs L Wadham R Thornton 10/111.00

Verdict

Chabal was first past the post in the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown in 2010 but lost the race in the stewards' room. He only ran twice more for Godolphin but will be a threat to all here if fully wound-up after a long absence. Edmaaj won three times on soft ground on the Flat for David O'Meara last year and is another interesting recruit to hurdling as is Watered Silk, successful four times on the level so far. But we'll take a chance on another newcomer, THE TIGER, a rare runner over hurdles for Ed Dunlop. He also likes ground with plenty of give and looks to have the size to do well under NH Rules. French import Ubaldo Des Menhies was second in a jumpers' bumper at Kempton last time and should also be winning soon.