Actinpieces looking to repeat last year’s success as Fakenham gets season underway
PUBLISHED: 06:32 16 October 2018
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Grey mare Actinpieces will try to repeat her feat of a year ago on Friday when Fakenham Racecourse’s 2018/19 National Hunt season gets under way with a six-race card.
The Pam Sly trained seven-year-old, again partnered by Gina Andrews, won the feature race on the card at the 2017 meeting and has been entered for a bid to land the three-mile Sky Sports Racing Launching in January chase over three miles.
This time the mare will have an extra three pounds to carry in the 4.10pm feature worth almost £10,000 to the winner, and if taking her chance, could have most to fear from Gina’s younger brother Jack on the Neil King trained Princeton Royale.
A regular visitor to the north Norfolk course, Princeton Royale won there in June having been placed on three other occasions in 2018.
King has also entered 10-year-old Mercers Court, winner of his last three races, two at Fontwell and one at Worcester since August.
The other class three event is the 3.10pm three-mile novice chase which has an entry from Nicky Henderson for Cultivator, a recent Worcester winner and now stepping up in trip.
Olly Murphy was leading trainer at the track last season and may run Motueka for a chasing debut, the six-year-old having won his last two hurdle races at Worcester and Newton Abbott.
Murphy has multiple entries across the card including four in the 2.05pm opening selling hurdle in which he looks likely to run Let’s Sway under Norfolk-based claimer Fergus Gregory. The Authorised filly won at Newton Abbott on debut for Murphy having been bought out of Tracey Barfoot-Saunt’s yard.
Charlie Mann’s Fixed Rate was a winner on the card last season and has Ilewin Geez entered in the 2.35pm handicap hurdle, while Murphy has champion jockey Richard Johnson booked for a ride on Mon Port in the 3.40pm novice hurdle. On his first run for Murphy, the six-year-old won at Huntingdon, his first run for a year after being bought from Ben de Haan’s stable.
The 4.45pm finale has 13 entries, including six from Murphy, although a key rival to any of those could be Jamie Snowden’s mare Floral Bouquet, a faller at Ffos Las when bidding to follow up wins at Perth and Ludlow.