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.

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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
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Replays & Results
1
13:20 toteplacepot Selling Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 3y)
  • Winner: Clayton 13/8 2Fav
  • Jockey: Mr N F Houlihan Trainer: G L Moore
  • Owner: Mr Ashley Head
2
13:55 Fakenham Staff Fundraising Run For Air Ambulance Handicap Chase
(Class 3) (2m 5f 44y)
  • Winner: Cap Du Nord 11/8 Fav
  • Jockey: James Bowen Trainer: Christian Williams
  • Owner: The Unnamed Favourites
3
14:35 Robert Case Memorial Conditional Jockeys' Maiden Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 3y)
  • Winner: Swaffham Bulbeck 11/10 Fav
  • Jockey: Cillin Leonard Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Geegeez Co Uk Om
4
15:15 Prince Carlton Handicap Chase
(Class 3) (3m 38y)
  • Winner: Sideways 10/11 Fav
  • Jockey: James Bowen Trainer: Christian Williams
  • Owner: Christian Williams Racing Club
5
15:55 toteexacta Fakenham Silver Cup Handicap Hurdle
(Class 3) (2m 3y)
  • Winner: Thistimenextyear 5/2 JFav
  • Jockey: James Bowen Trainer: Richard Spencer
  • Owner: Rebel Racing (2)
6
16:35 Walter Wales Memorial Novices' Handicap Chase
(Class 4) (2m 5f 44y)
  • Winner: Stonebrigg Legend 5/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Benjamin Poste Trainer: Mrs S J Humphrey
  • Owner: Yen Hall Farm Racing
7
17:10 Fakenham Open Hunters' Chase
(Class 5) (3m 38y)
  • Winner: Sir Jack Yeats 5/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr James King Trainer: Richard Spencer
  • Owner: Gowing's Eleven

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Fakenham Racecourse Ltd
The Racecourse
Fakenham
Norfolk
NR21 7NY
01328 862388
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