Fakenham Course Guide

National Hunt racing has taken place at Fakenham since 1905 and the course hosts action throughout the winter. The highlight of the season is the Fakenham Silver Cup, which is a class three handicap hurdle ran over two miles, that takes place during their Spring National Hunt meeting in March.

The Prince of Wales is Patron of Fakenham racecourse and officially opened a new £1million Members’ Stand in 2002, which is named after His Royal Highness. Her Majesty the Queen’s horse Gold Award won a Bumper at Fakenham on his first start before running in the 2008 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.


Left handed, very sharp, with a short run-in on both courses. The tightest jumps track in the country and, in theory, ideal for handy, front-running types as opposed to long-striding gallopers, though underfoot conditions are usually more testing than advertised and races often strongly-run, too, resulting in the emphasis being much more on stamina than might be expected. As a result, there is a fairly high proportion of casualties over fences for a minor track.

Plenty of people think of Fakenham as being a very sharp track and, to some extent, that’s true. It is sharp, there’s no doubt about that, but you still need a horse who gets the trip really well. As a jockey, you find that being on a quick jumper makes an awful lot of difference, because if you’re on one that takes a bit of time in the air, you’re always playing catch-up. The price you pay for going too fast, on the other hand, is that you find it’s a long way home. Ideally, I always liked to sit and bide my time.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
Advance Going
Good-good to soft in places
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Last Update: 23/01/2019 07:00

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12:45 Sky Sports Racing Starts Today Selling Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 4f 1y)
  • Winner: Cliffside Park 11/1
  • Jockey: Lewis Stones Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Olly Murphy Racing Club
13:20 Norfolk's Finest Drinkers Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase
(Class 5) (2m 5f 44y)
  • Winner: Sideways 11/4 JFav
  • Jockey: Mr Thomas M O'Brien Trainer: Christian Williams
  • Owner: Christian Williams Racing Club
13:55 Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle
(Class 3) (2m 4f 1y)
  • Winner: Ceara Be 5/1
  • Jockey: C Gethings Trainer: A M Hales
  • Owner: Mr P J Byrne
14:30 Sky Sports Racing Now Live Handicap Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 7f 95y)
  • Winner: Strictlyadancer 9/2
  • Jockey: David England Trainer: Christian Williams
  • Owner: Christian Williams Racing Club
15:05 Visit attheraces.com Novices' Handicap Chase
(Class 4) (2m 5f 44y)
  • Winner: Craigmor 10/11 Fav
  • Jockey: David England Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Mr Peter P Elliott & Partners
15:40 Watch Sky Sports Racing In HD Maiden Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 3y)
  • Winner: Havana Hermano 6/1
  • Jockey: C Gethings Trainer: Stuart Edmunds
  • Owner: The Golf Victor Charlie Syndicate

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Fakenham Racecourse Ltd
The Racecourse
NR21 7NY
01328 862388
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