Annual point-to-point day at Fakenham attracts strong entry

Point to Point returns to Fakenham Racecourse this weekend. Picture: Ian Burt

Point to Point returns to Fakenham Racecourse this weekend. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A high quality men's open race, currently with 17 entries, is the feature of the West Norfolk point-to-point meeting taking place at Fakenham racecourse on Sunday.

The meeting, which by midweek had attracted a strong entry of 80 horses, gets under way properly at 2pm following some earlier pony races for youngsters.

The card's six steeplechases will be preceded at 1.15pm by those two pony races.

The men's open could see Tim Gredley bid for a second victory on his new smart recruit Silvergrove following from their recent victory at High Easter in Essex, although the Newmarket-based rider also has Bincombe entered in the same race.

Both horses are likewise engaged in the opening veteran and novice riders' races with decisions over which race it will take part in to be made on the day.

Trainer Nick Wright could well provide the sternest local opposition with whichever of his two 12-year-old entries he chooses to run in the open, the ultra consistent yard stalwart It Was Me or recent Garthorpe winner Hi Vic.

Should the prolific winner Lough Inch, successful in his last four starts, make the journey to Fakenham from Tommy Morgan's Melton Mowbray yard in Leicestershire, then he will be another leading contender. He is also engaged in the ladies' open.

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Timworth near Bury St Edmunds trainer Andrew Pennock enjoyed a treble on the card at Fakenham last year and with his team continuing in red-hot form this season, his horses will be well worth following again.

East Anglia's current leading horse Abbey Lane is entered in both the men's open and the veteran and novice riders' race.

Mahlers Spirit will bid to make it three wins from three starts in the club members' conditions race, while Ampton maiden winner Royal Chieftain will try to follow up in the restricted race.

Fakenham has great facilities and always produces a good atmosphere for the West Norfolk Hunt meeting. Admission is £10 per head with under 17s free of charge.

The course is located two miles west of the town in north Norfolk at postcode NR21 7NY.

The track is well signposted as it is a proper National Hunt course and portable pointing fences are placed on the outside of the usual obstacles for the day's races.