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Red is the colour at Fakenham

Sam Red returns after winning at Fakenham

Plenty of smart types have won at Fakenham before going on to bigger things and Sam Red could have his sights raised following his victory in the At The Races Sky 415 Novices Chase.

Sire De Grugy and Ollie Magern tasted victory at the Norfolk track before subsequent Grade One glory and the six-year-old looks set for a hike in class after initiating doubles for Dan and Harry Skelton when backing up his victory at Stratford in the three-mile affair.

The 13-8 shot took full advantage of long-time leader Bagad Bihoue coming to grief at the third-last, before pulling out enough to hold off favourite Thumb Stone Blues by four lengths.

Assistant trainerTom Messenger said: "I thought watching it, and Harry said the same when he came in, that he was just getting going. Whether or not he would have won, it was hard to tell, but Harry thought he was still in with a big shout.

"We might have to look at graded races now. Dan mentioned the Rising Stars at Wincanton. We might go for that to get a bit more experience."

Bigger things could also be on the cards for Momella (5-4) after she completed doubles for the Skelton brothers when taking the concluding Free Tips Daily attheraces.com Novices' Hurdle by 17 lengths.

Messenger said: "She is a nice mare and has got a great attitude. She will have a double penalty now so there is a possibility she might go for the Grade Two hurdle (Hyde Novices' Hurdle) at Cheltenham in November."

While Stuart Edmunds may be without his stable star Domesday Book until the second half of the season, Theclockisticking (9-4) looked like a horse with plenty of potential in running out a 32-length winner of the Your Jumps Season Guide At attheraces.com/jumps Novices' Hurdle.

Edmunds said: "The one thing that concerned me was that I thought the two miles round a quick track might be too sharp, but he travelled so well. He should get further, but he has got speed.

"This is definitely the best team we've ever had, especially our younger ones."

Pam Sly has her team in red-hot form and Actinpieces (9-4) gave the Thorney handler her fourth winner in the space of 11 days with a six-length victory in the Visit attheraces.com/jumps Handicap Chase.

Sly said: "I don't know why they are running well. Maybe it is the Fen air! She won by 28 lengths over hurdles here before and Gina Andrews is so good with her.If I can't find any chases for her I will probably have to drop her back over hurdles."

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY

It was a case of saving the best until last and while Momella may not have beaten much, she could not have done it any more impressively. She looks a mare capable of mixing it with best of her own sex.

RIDE OF THE DAY

Harry Bannister appeared to be going nowhere aboard the Charlie Mann-trained Fixed Rate in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle before making the snap decision to readily kick on between the second- and third-last, which turned out to be a race-winning move.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Fergus Gregory was born just over 20 miles away from the track in Norwich and the conditional jockey celebrated his and trainer Olly Murphy's first winner at the course when steering Cliffside Park to victory in the selling hurdle.

He said: "I'm a Norfolk boy, born and bred. It is my first ride under Rules here and it is so far so good."

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