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Gates delighted as Full Ov Beans scores again at Fakenham

PUBLISHED: 10:51 22 April 2014

Action from the third race at Fakenham on Easter Monday with Vico taking the lead. Picture: MATTHEW USHER.

Action from the third race at Fakenham on Easter Monday with Vico taking the lead. Picture: MATTHEW USHER.

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Course specialist Full Ov Beans (7/2) took top honours when winning Fakenham` feature, the David Keith Memorial Handicap Chase (3.40).

The 10-year-old gelding made all to win by seven lengths from Little Jimmy (11/8 fav).

“He`s great, to win four times from six starts in 14 months at Fakenham is quite incredible for any horse,” said the delighted winning trainer, Michael Gates, from Stratford-Upon-Avon.

A bumper crowd of over 7,000 turned up for this ever popular race meeting and were treated to some excellent racing.

Ali Brewer was the trainer to follow with her first ever double. Firstly, Vico (10-1) held on by a short-head and survived a Stewards Inquiry to win the Cecil And Sheila Buttifant Memorial Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (3.05) and then Campbonnais (7-1) completed the 98-1 double with success in the Wells Community Hospital Handicap Hurdle (4.15). Both horses were ridden by Adam Wedge.

Thornleigh Ben (7-1) was an easy 20-length winner of the prestigious Queen’s Cup, Hunters Chase (4.50) for the Wright family – ridden by son Archie (his first winner under rules), trained by dad Nick and owned by grandmother Angela.

Tapes went up at 1.55, in which course winner Maller Tree (9/4 fav) followed his New Years Day victory with an impressive winner of the Seller. A lively auction followed with Maller Tree, bought back in for £5,200.

Utopian (7/2) came with a late charge to win the Robert Hoare Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (2.30). During the race, jockey Carey Williamson took a nasty fall and was taken to Hospital for further assessment.

Caitys Joy justified evens favouritism to win the Mares’ Maiden Bumper (5.25) for in-form trainer, Warren Greatrex.


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