Fakenham

  • 13:20 Hempton Beginners' Chase

  • Winner £1,949 2nd £572 3rd £286 4th £143
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  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 111-712 Black, Royal Blue chevron, halved sleeves Ben's Folly (IRE) 17
Distance Winner
7 11-0 p Tim Vaughan R Johnson 127 1001
2 423P3P Emerald Green and White diamonds, Orange sleeves and cap Finnegans Rainbow 20
Course Winner
10 11-0 M C Chapman Alice Mills (7) 64 1001
3 12/94-63 RED and ROYAL BLUE diamonds, EMERALD GREEN and RED striped sleeves, RED cap, EMERALD GREEN diamond Like Minded 22
8 11-0 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 135 1001
4 47-4P63 Yellow, Purple hoop, Purple and Yellow striped sleeves, Yellow cap, Purple star Royal And Ancient (IRE) 28
5 10-9 D Thompson Jack Doyle 1001

Verdict

On paper, this looks a match between Ben's Folly and LIKE MINDED. Preference is just for the latter, who is bred to be a chaser and had the higher rating of the pair over hurdles. He again ran well when third over the smaller obstacles at Kempton on Boxing Day and is Paul Nicholls' only runner at the meeting. Tim Vaughan's charge can't be dismissed out of hand, however, as he's already had a run over fences and only found Gotyourplay too strong at Newbury. Royal And Ancient has hinted at ability but Finnegans Rainbow looks well out of his depth.