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We had an eventful day at Fakenham on 17 November. Brecon Hill and Rumble B both ran in the 3 mile handicap chase. At the second fence, another horse fell right into the path of Brecon Hill who had no chance to avoid him and frustratingly unseated Bryony Frost, who received a nasty kicking from the faller – all very unfair! Never mind, that’s racing and at least Rumble B continued with a fine round of jumping and was in the lead by at least 4 lengths after two out but, as he approached the final fence, the faller that had already taken Brecon out ran in front of Rum and distracted him, causing Rum to loose concentration and he fell at the last! Thank goodness, both horses are fine.

Glimpse of Gold then ran in the 2 mile handicap chase at the same meeting. This was his first time over chase fences for us and, on his last chase outing (just over a year ago) he had a lowly handicap mark of 88 and only managed to finish 5th of the nine runners. He had only run in a total of six chases and had a pretty poor record, pulling up in one, unseating in another and his best result was only 4th of nine. Despite that record, the handicapper unfairly in my view decided to put him up 10 pounds to a handicap mark of 98 for this run which meant that he had to carry top weight for this race which, considering his small size, was a very big ask! As it happens, Gold ran a superb race and jumped and travelled really well until, just in the last furlong or two, the weight began to tell and his legs started to buckle. He heaved himself over the final fence in second but was then overtaken on the run in and finished 4th. He deserves a medal!

Here is a lovely shot of Rumble B (number 5) jumping and another of Gold (number 2) – both photographs courtesy of Adrian Judd of Leaderboardphotography.

Horse Racing action from Fakenham 17th November 2020

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