12:50 Fakenham 21 Nov 2017

Racing Partnership Selling Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) (3YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 3 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

2m 4f 1y

Good to Soft

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0-34336
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Maroon, light blue epaulets, sleeves and cap (Birrafun 2)

Nautical Nitwit (IRE)  10 

b g Let The Lion Roar - Mrs Pugwash (Un Desperado)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Won 3 times in 2016/17. Drawn a blank this term but mostly creditable efforts and showed enough at Aintree last time to suggest he's still in form. Down in grade with James Bowen taking 5 lb off.

Won 3 times in 2016/17. Drawn a blank this term but mostly creditable efforts and showed enough at Aintree last time to suggest he's still in form. Down in grade with James Bowen taking 5 lb off.

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413512
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Dark green and orange (quartered), white sleeves and cap (Westbourne Racing Club)

Cliffside Park (IRE)  15 

b g Chevalier - Lady Toulon (Toulon)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Strong in the betting and he duly got back on the up when landing 2m selling handicap here last month. Runner-up in Southwell seller since and another prominent showing likely.

Strong in the betting and he duly got back on the up when landing 2m selling handicap here last month. Runner-up in Southwell seller since and another prominent showing likely.

3
03F/F-P2
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Maroon, black epaulets and sleeves (Mr J M Basquill)

Serenity Now (IRE)  16 

b g Key Of Luck - Imdina (Soviet Star)

9 10-11
117
9 10-11
117

Fit from the Flat, creditable second in Huntingdon claimer back hurdling 16 days ago. Contender if turning up in anything like the same form.

Fit from the Flat, creditable second in Huntingdon claimer back hurdling 16 days ago. Contender if turning up in anything like the same form.

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P1-0377
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White, royal blue diamond, royal blue sleeves, white armlets, royal blue cap (The Gathering & P Kirby)

Minstrel Royal 17 

b g Kayf Tara - Close Harmony (Bustino)

7 10-9 t
115
7 10-9 t
115

Just the one win to his name for Nicky Henderson and not at his best in 3 starts for new yard this autumn. Mark on the slide but more to prove than the rest of these.

Just the one win to his name for Nicky Henderson and not at his best in 3 starts for new yard this autumn. Mark on the slide but more to prove than the rest of these.

5
144-551
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Black, crimson hoops, white cap, black spots (Mr A G Blackmore)

Occasionally Yours (IRE) (ex7)  7 

b g Moscow Society - Kristina's Lady (Lafontaine)

13 10-1
107 2
13 10-1
107 2

Veteran former C&D winner who opened his account for the season in Huntingdon handicap (20.5f, good) last week. Not obviously well-in under a penalty but at least arrives in good form.

Veteran former C&D winner who opened his account for the season in Huntingdon handicap (20.5f, good) last week. Not obviously well-in under a penalty but at least arrives in good form.

Verdict

Occasionally Yours won well at Huntingdon last week and another bold bid can be expected, while Nautical Nitwit wouldn't be winning out of turn. Serenity Now is another to consider but CLIFFSIDE PARK won impressively over 2m here, albeit in selling company, last month and has since performed well in defeat at Southwell. Confidence is high and he can continue his good recent form under the champion jockey.

Verdict

CLIFFSIDE PARK is only 2 lb higher than when winning a similar event here last month and can go in again. This is a drop in class for Nautical Nitwit and he may provide the main threat with the useful James Bowen taking a handy 5 lb off.

13:20 Fakenham 21 Nov 2017

Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Mares' Handicap Chase (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £5,198 - 4 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

3m 38y

Good to Soft

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23/13-13
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Yellow, white and yellow halved sleeves (The Neardowners)

Maid Of Milan (IRE)  18 

br m Milan - Joes Lady (Win Quick)

6 11-12
118
6 11-12
118

Lightly-raced mare who bettered hurdles form at the first attempt when scoring at Newton Abbot last month after a year off. Good third at Uttoxeter next time and should go well again.

Lightly-raced mare who bettered hurdles form at the first attempt when scoring at Newton Abbot last month after a year off. Good third at Uttoxeter next time and should go well again.

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6/33F24-
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White, black chevron and hoop on cap (Mr B G Hellyer & Mr Henry Daly)

Kayfleur 220 

b m Kayf Tara - Combe Florey (Alflora)

8 11-6
112
8 11-6
112

Bumper/hurdles winner but remains a long-standing maiden over fences, finding less than looked likely the last twice.

Bumper/hurdles winner but remains a long-standing maiden over fences, finding less than looked likely the last twice.

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236/85-2
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Beige, maroon armlets (Not The Peloton Partnership)

Armedandbeautiful 159 

b m Oscar - Grey Mistral (Terimon)

9 10-0 p
92 3
9 10-0 p
92 3

Mixed record over jumps and very lightly raced in recent seasons, though just failed over hurdles at Uttoxeter in June. 3 lb out of the weights.

Mixed record over jumps and very lightly raced in recent seasons, though just failed over hurdles at Uttoxeter in June. 3 lb out of the weights.

4
44U3-P2
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Black, yellow disc, striped sleeves and cap (The Secret Circle Racing Club)

Frank N Fair 15 

br m Trade Fair - Frankfurt (Celtic Swing)

9 10-0
92 7
9 10-0
92 7

Dual hurdles winner in April 2016, but mixed record over fences, flattered by her proximity to the winner when runner-up at Plumpton last time. 7 lb out of the handicap.

Dual hurdles winner in April 2016, but mixed record over fences, flattered by her proximity to the winner when runner-up at Plumpton last time. 7 lb out of the handicap.

Verdict

MAID OF MILAN is an unexposed quantity over fences after just the two starts in this sphere and the Newton Abbot winner races off the same mark which saw her finish a good second behind Tara Mist at Uttoxeter last time. Kayfleur represents last year's winning handler and is respected on her seasonal debut under champion jockey Richard Johnson, while Armedandbeautiful and Frank N Fair make up the quartet and aren't out of it.

Verdict

Front runner MAID OF MILAN has taken very well to fences, impressing with her jumping both starts this season, and she should prove hard to pass with all 3 of her rivals having something to prove for one reason or another.

13:50 Fakenham 21 Nov 2017

East Rudham Amateur Riders' Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (3YO plus)

Winner £3,743 - 4 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

2m 3y

Good to Soft

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4222-34
iT
White, large black spots, black cap (Elite Racing Club)

Bardd (IRE)  17 

b g Dylan Thomas - Zarawa (Kahyasi)

5 11-12
110
5 11-12
110

Not for the first time promised more than he delivered when fourth of 15 at Ascot (19.3f) on handicap debut earlier this month. Still has to be strongly considered dropped to a 0-110 now.

Not for the first time promised more than he delivered when fourth of 15 at Ascot (19.3f) on handicap debut earlier this month. Still has to be strongly considered dropped to a 0-110 now.

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0F379-3
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Maroon, maroon and light blue check sleeves and cap (Ready Steady Go)

Mullaghboy (IRE)  32 

b g Beneficial - Mellowthemoonlight (Un Desperado)

6 11-4 t h
102
6 11-4 t h
102

No great shakes in bumpers/maiden hurdles for Stuart Crawford last season and tailed off on recent return/stable debut. Makes handicap debut with something to prove.

No great shakes in bumpers/maiden hurdles for Stuart Crawford last season and tailed off on recent return/stable debut. Makes handicap debut with something to prove.

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945P-35
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Purple, yellow hoop, hooped sleeves, yellow cap (Mr Ian Slatter)

Chilli Romance (IRE)  12 

b m Flemensfirth - Blue Romance (Bob Back)

6 10-12 t
96
6 10-12 t
96

Stopped the slide when third at Stratford (16.3f) last month and again ran respectably last time. Holds every chance.

Stopped the slide when third at Stratford (16.3f) last month and again ran respectably last time. Holds every chance.

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043/535-
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Black, crimson hoops, white cap, black spots (Mr A G Blackmore)

Cocker 406 

b g Shirocco - Treble Heights (Unfuwain)

5 10-9
93
5 10-9
93

Respectable third in a handicap at this course in May last year, but was well beaten in novice company next time. Has absence to overcome.

Respectable third in a handicap at this course in May last year, but was well beaten in novice company next time. Has absence to overcome.

Verdict

BARDD isn't the most straightforward but has been found a good opening against these rivals and, down to a mark of 110, the Sandown bumper scorer looks capable of exploiting such a rating on just his second start in handicap company. He represents leading connections and has a talented 3lb claimer doing the steering. Mullaghboy heads the list of dangers from Chilli Romance.

Verdict

BARDD does have his quirks, but he brings the best form to the table and is taken to score dropped to a 0-110 now. Chilli Romance is in good nick at present and seems likely to pose the biggest threat.

14:20 Fakenham 21 Nov 2017

Weatherbys Racing Bank Beginners' Chase (Class 3) (4YO plus)

Winner £7,798 - 3 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

3m 38y

Good to Soft

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1/24242-
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Light blue, maroon hoops, dark blue sleeves (Mrs C H N Chamberlain)

Holbrook Park 239 

b g Midnight Legend - Viciana (Sir Harry Lewis)

7 11-3 p1
120
7 11-3 p1
120

Landed a maiden hurdle at Warwick (21f) back in spring 2016 and consistent during 2016/17 campaign, runner-up 2 of last 3 starts. Respected on return/chase debut with cheekpieces applied.

Landed a maiden hurdle at Warwick (21f) back in spring 2016 and consistent during 2016/17 campaign, runner-up 2 of last 3 starts. Respected on return/chase debut with cheekpieces applied.

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P34-760
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Pink, dark blue sash and armlets (Mrs Pippa Gillard)

Kingston Mimosa 58 

b g Kheleyf - Derartu (Last Tycoon)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Scored over hurdles at Fontwell (17.6f) during summer 2016 but record distinctly patchy subsequently and he has his work cut out now chasing.

Scored over hurdles at Fontwell (17.6f) during summer 2016 but record distinctly patchy subsequently and he has his work cut out now chasing.

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P/6P2-25
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Yellow, purple hoops and armlets, hooped cap (Mr And Mrs J D Cotton)

Red Hanrahan (IRE)  158 

b g Yeats - Monty's Sister (Montelimar)

6 11-3 t
126
6 11-3 t
126

Point/hurdles winner who improved on chase debut when runner-up in a novices' handicap at Warwick (20f) in May, albeit not looking straightforward. Below par at Newton Abbot in June but player here.

Point/hurdles winner who improved on chase debut when runner-up in a novices' handicap at Warwick (20f) in May, albeit not looking straightforward. Below par at Newton Abbot in June but player here.

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45-15
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Brown (The 25 Club)

The Lion Dancer (IRE)  21 

b g Let The Lion Roar - Shesadoll (Naheez)

5 11-3
-
5 11-3
-

£30,000 5-y-o, first foal, dam ungenuine 2¾m hurdle winner. Off mark at third attempt in Irish maiden points back in April, but never in the hunt on Rules/chase debut in October.

£30,000 5-y-o, first foal, dam ungenuine 2¾m hurdle winner. Off mark at third attempt in Irish maiden points back in April, but never in the hunt on Rules/chase debut in October.

Verdict

Paul Nicholls is 6-16 at this venue in the last five years and he can enhance that impressive record here with RED HANRAHAN fancied to appreciate this return to beginners' company. Highly-tried in a hot summer handicap at Newton Abbot last season, the six-year-old has been handed plenty of rest since and is likely to prove a different animal here. Holbrook Park stayed on well to finish second when last seen at Plumpton 239 days ago and should appreciate this step up in trip, while The Lion Dancer also looks pencilled in for minor money.

Verdict

This ought to develop into a match between HOLBROOK PARK and Red Hanrahan. The latter perhaps isn't all that straightforward, so the percentage call is to go with the former in the hope he's ready to roll on return to action.

14:50 Fakenham 21 Nov 2017

Ftc Hire And Sales Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,422 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

2m 7f 95y

Good to Soft

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151P80
iT
Dark blue, red spots (Mr Christian Main)

Station Closed (IRE)  56 

b m Kutub - Laser Supreme (Supreme Leader)

9 12-6 t p
101
9 12-6 t p
101

Won 3 handicap hurdles for Gordon Elliott in the summer, but in a change of headgear was well held on first run for this yard last time, and still doesn't appear to be that well handicapped.

Won 3 handicap hurdles for Gordon Elliott in the summer, but in a change of headgear was well held on first run for this yard last time, and still doesn't appear to be that well handicapped.

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4-65167
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Dark blue, yellow cross of lorraine, red sleeves, dark blue cap, yellow star (The Ridgeway Racing For Fun Partnershi)

Dizzey Heights (IRE)  5 

b m Halling - Extreme Pleasure (High Chaparral)

5 11-12 t1 h
93 1
5 11-12 t1 h
93 1

Improved to get off the mark at this course (16f) earlier this month, but hasn’t been in the same form since, and quick succession of runs may be taking its toll. Up in trip and tongue strap on.

Improved to get off the mark at this course (16f) earlier this month, but hasn’t been in the same form since, and quick succession of runs may be taking its toll. Up in trip and tongue strap on.

3
6/66P-52
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Red, dark blue sleeves, white armlets and star on dark blue cap (Olly Murphy Racing Club)

Saucysioux 85 

b m Tobougg - Mohican Pass (Commanche Run)

7 11-10 t b1
91
7 11-10 t b1
91

Fared much better on second start for present yard when runner-up at Cartmel (22.1f) in August, despite making hard work of it. Clearly on a handy mark and has to be taken seriously.

Fared much better on second start for present yard when runner-up at Cartmel (22.1f) in August, despite making hard work of it. Clearly on a handy mark and has to be taken seriously.

4
258/846-
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Dark green, maroon disc, armlets and cap (Mr N Sharp)

The Golden Hour (IRE)  260 

b m Gold Well - Kirktonmoor Katie (Rich Charlie)

7 11-9
90
7 11-9
90

Well held in 3 starts over hurdles earlier this year, but may well do better now handicapping here, especially with excellent conditional rider booked.

Well held in 3 starts over hurdles earlier this year, but may well do better now handicapping here, especially with excellent conditional rider booked.

5
1D44FP
iT
Pink, yellow chevron, pink sleeves, yellow stars and cap (In The Pink Partnership)

Jonjoela (IRE)  41 

b m Great Exhibition - Yorkshire Blade (Sadler's Wells)

6 11-8
89
6 11-8
89

Winning pointer who is yet to show any worthwhile form in this sphere. Very hard to make a case for.

Winning pointer who is yet to show any worthwhile form in this sphere. Very hard to make a case for.

6
332-245
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Black and emerald green (halved), halved sleeves, quartered cap (Mr Chris Grant)

Broadway Belle 24 

b m Lucarno - Theatre Belle (King's Theatre)

7 10-7
74
7 10-7
74

Still a maiden but her consistency makes her more interesting than most at this level. Respectable effort again at Kelso last month and she should continue to run well.

Still a maiden but her consistency makes her more interesting than most at this level. Respectable effort again at Kelso last month and she should continue to run well.

Verdict

The booking of Richard Johnson on SAUCYSIOUX looks highly relevant towards the chances of the seven-year-old and he can claim this contest following an 85-day break. She didn't look to fully handle Cartmel when last seen but still finished a creditable second and perhaps the return to a more conventional track, along with first-time blinkers, will see her claim the spoils. Broadway Belle is of interest dropped in class, while Station Closed remains open to improvement on just his second start for Michael Attwater.

Verdict

SAUCYSIOUX is clearly on a handy mark judged on her previous run at Cartmel in August, and she can go one better here. Broadway Belle’s consistency makes her more interesting than most at this level and she ranks the main threat ahead of The Golden Hour, who may well do better now handicapping, especially with an excellent conditional rider booked.

15:20 Fakenham 21 Nov 2017

Weatherbys Racing Bank Handicap Chase (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £4,549 - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m 59y

Good to Soft

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33P21-3
iT
Light green and red stripes, black cap (The Movie Legend Partnership)

Movie Legend 30 

b g Midnight Legend - Cyd Charisse (Kayf Tara)

7 11-12 p
120
7 11-12 p
120

Capped off a good season with a deserved success at Market Rasen in April, coming clear. Respectable third at Kempton on return and entitled to come on for that.

Capped off a good season with a deserved success at Market Rasen in April, coming clear. Respectable third at Kempton on return and entitled to come on for that.

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32-1324
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Royal blue, pink hoop (Mr & Mrs William Rucker)

Bach De Clermont (FR)  30 

b g Della Francesca - Fleur De Princesse (Passing Sale)

6 11-11
119
6 11-11
119

Expensive point/hurdles winner who made a respectable start to chase career when fourth at Kempton last month and open to progress.

Expensive point/hurdles winner who made a respectable start to chase career when fourth at Kempton last month and open to progress.

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3-21713
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White, dark blue and red hooped sleeves, red cap (The Thoroughbred Club Ii)

Mercian King (IRE)  20 

b g Robin Des Pres - Mariah Rollins (Over The River)

6 11-10
118
6 11-10
118

Largely performed well for this yard and resumed winning ways at Worcester last month. Not quite in same form over C&D next time, though.

Largely performed well for this yard and resumed winning ways at Worcester last month. Not quite in same form over C&D next time, though.

4
30F-196
iT
Black, red sash, white sleeves and cap (Nick Brown Racing)

Land League (IRE)  30 

b g Touch Of Land - Be My Sunset (Bob Back)

6 11-10
118
6 11-10
118

Off the mark under Rules in Bangor maiden hurdle on return before struggling in listed event next time. Showed aptitude for chasing when sixth at Kempton last month.

Off the mark under Rules in Bangor maiden hurdle on return before struggling in listed event next time. Showed aptitude for chasing when sixth at Kempton last month.

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466534
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Emerald green, orange star, armlets and star on cap (Mr Russell H Lee)

Chestnut Ben (IRE)  1 

ch g Ridgewood Ben - Betseale (Step Together)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Won 3 times during the spring. Mixed record since but latest third at Musselburgh was a step back in the right direction and could be ready to resume winning ways. Engaged 3.20 Leicester Monday.

Won 3 times during the spring. Mixed record since but latest third at Musselburgh was a step back in the right direction and could be ready to resume winning ways. Engaged 3.20 Leicester Monday.

6
5543U4-
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Dark blue, white disc and sleeves (The Secret Circle & Chris Sowerby)

Brother Bennett (FR)  239 

gr g Martaline - La Gaminerie (Cadoudal)

7 10-0 t
94 5
7 10-0 t
94 5

Maiden hurdler who's yet to convince as a chaser. Out of the handicap.

Maiden hurdler who's yet to convince as a chaser. Out of the handicap.

Verdict

Not much separated MOVIE LEGEND and Bach De Clermont when the pair finished second and third respectively behind a well-handicapped type at Kempton last month, and marginal preference is for the former to confirm the strength of that form. The latter made a few mistakes and although possessing a little more scope for improvement, could find himself struggling to make up ground if making jumping errors around this sharp track. Mercian King doesn't look the best handicapped but could be good enough for third.

Verdict

MOVIE LEGEND did well last season and earns the vote after a respectable return at Kempton last month. Chestnut Ben took a step back in the right direction at Musselburgh recently and is the obvious threat.