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Fakenham

  • 15:20 European Breeders' Fund 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £5,848 2nd £1,717 3rd £859 4th £429
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 26.80s
  • Off time: 15:20:19
15:20 Fakenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Edmund Kean (IRE) 10/1
2nd Seedsman 15/2
3rd Barney Cool 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 21 Yellow, Purple chevron, Yellow sleeves, Purple spots, Yellow cap, Purple star Malapie (IRE) 69
Nag me
5 11-8 Mrs Caroline Bailey A Pogson 16/117.00
2 1444-12 Emerald Green, Black and Emerald Green striped sleeves, Black cap Seedsman 49
Nag me
6 11-8 C R Egerton S Twiston-Davies 120 15/28.50
3 F-731 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Sound Investment (IRE) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-8 t P F Nicholls D A Jacob 11/43.75
4 154-24 White, black button on cap Barney Cool 84
Nag me
6 11-2 D Pipe T Scudamore 7/24.50
5 3-358 RED, BLACK armlets Best Director (IRE) 35
Nag me
5 11-2 H D Daly A Tinkler 33/134.00
6 Dark Blue, Pink Cross of Lorraine and cap Catcher Star (IRE)
Nag me
5 11-2 N J Gifford D F O'Regan 66/167.00
7 1-4 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Edmund Kean (IRE) 13
Nag me
6 11-2 D Pipe C O'Farrell 10/111.00
8 307 Green, Chocolate striped sleeves, Chocolate cap Fortyscore (IRE) 62
Nag me
6 11-2 P R Webber Paul Moloney 100/1101.00
9 22 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Viva Steve (IRE) 15
Nag me
5 11-2 M R Channon D Elsworth 2/13.00
10 70-6F0 Orange, Maroon sash Zakaroo 48
Nag me
5 11-2 A Hobbs Donal Fahy 250/1251.00

Verdict

Viva Steve kept on well when second to If In Doubt over 2m at Towcester a couple of weeks ago and should be winning soon. He'll have no problem with the extra here while Barney Cool was only beaten half-a-length at Kempton before finishing fourth at Ascot, just a length behind subsequent Doncaster winner Minellaforfitness. SOUND INVESTMENT was a promising third behind the smart Puffin Billy at Newbury on his hurdles bow and won by 12 lengths at Taunton last month. He's improving and can defy his penalty as Wetherby winner Malapie may find this an insufficient test of stamina and Seedsman seems to need very heavy ground to show his best. Edmund Kean was fourth at Ffos Las at the start of the month and should know more today.