We make a rare excursion to Fakenham on Sunday, where at the time of writing they appear to have missed the worst of the rain, with the predicted going being given as good.
We have two representatives, with Lucou going to post in the first race at 1.55.pm. The race is 0-100 novices handicap hurdle, over two miles and seven furlongs, with Becky Smith taking the ride. This is a significant step up in trip, as Lucou normally does most of his running around two miles, with the hope being that the more leisurely pace he will encounter, will keep him interested longer. Locou must be one of the best handicapped horses in training, having dropped 43lb since arriving from France in the summer of 2019. He has worn a visor on his last four starts, and that will now be replaced with the reapplication of cheek pieces.
Thirty five minutes later at 2.30.pm, our seven year old mare Raddle And Hum makes her seasonal debut in a 0-100 Female Jockeys only handicap hurdle, over two and a half miles, with Becky Smith in the saddle. Raddle And Hum struggled in her three runs last season, which has seen her mark drop 11lb, but more importantly she has had wind surgery since last seen when pulling up at Newcastle 75 days ago. There is no doubt Raddle And Hum has the ability to win races on the evidence of two runs in December 2019, especially on her second at Wetherby on Boxing Day, when she finished second off an 8lb higher mark than now. Any softening of the ground would probably be to her advantage, although she has finished second in a point to point on good ground on her very first run in April 2019, when trained in Ireland.
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Good luck to the connections, A Walsh, J Hill, S Toomes, and Miss Rebecca Dennis.