Racing Guide: Nicholls and Henderson do battle at Fakenham

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There's a decent Jumps card at Fakenham today.
There's a decent Jumps card at Fakenham today.

Today's pointers come from Fakenham...

1. O'Connell to break British duck at Fakenham

Having just his fourth ride in Britain today and still looking for his first success this season, Irish conditional Eoin O'Connell is in action in the 13.40 at Fakenham races, taking the leg up on veteran campaigner Global Thrill in this lowly selling handicap hurdle. Now an 11-year-old, his mount is a five time scorer over the sticks who could probably do the job blindfolded at this stage. How much fire remains in his belly is a matter of conjecture, however, especially given his tame displays this season, but the 11-year-old has dropped to a rating some 18 lbs below his last winning mark so in this weak race his chance is apparent if he clicks with his new pilot. 

2. Nicholls v Henderson takes centre stage on Friday

It's Paul Nicholls up against Nicky Henderson in the 14.10 Fakenham as the two perennial top trainers in the UK clash in this two mile novices' chase, Nicholls relying on Greaneteen while Hendo takes him on with Champagne Mystery. On the figures the latter has a small theoretical advantage, but Greaneteen is a perfect two from two over fences having scored with plenty to spare at both Ascot and Musselburgh. He's entered in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival and ought to be able to bring up the hat-trick. 

3. Sun to shine and book Supreme spot

A bloodless two from two over hurdles since joining Nicky Henderson last spring, it'll be a major upset if Fix Sun doesn't add to his prior wins at Sedgefield and Market Raspberry by taking the 14.45 Fakenham. The Supreme Novices' Hurdle entry could barely have been found a less competitive race in what may be a warm up act for next month's Cheltenham Festival. 

4. Rizzardo to shine for NTD

Two pounds 'well in' under his 7 lb penalty, Rizzardo looks a significant threat in the 15.20 Fakenham, looking to back up his easy win at Huntingdon just eight days ago. The Nigel Twiston-Davies front runner gets weight from all rivals today, taking his chance under a penalty as he's due to go up nine pounds in future for last week's exploits.   

5. Murphy to continue stunning run of form

Red hot trainer Olly Murphy can do little wrong at present, his haul of five winners in the past two weeks including a breakthrough Grade 1 success for his midlands stable. Of his four runners at Fakenham today keep a close watch on Dundrum Wood in the 15.50 contest. This novices' handicap hurdle is a race Murphy has successfully targeted previously, winning it in 2018. Up in trip on handicap debut today, Dundrum Wood struck at the first time of asking following a wind op last time out, and is an obvious candidate to get the job done once again. 

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